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September Workshop

  • September 28, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • University of St Mary, Overland Park, KS


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Psychotherapy Technique in Crisis: Ineffectiveness with Intelligent-Obsessive Symptomatology 

Presented by Alan C. Domian, Ph.D

 Earn 2 CEUs

In this training, Dr. Domian will open with a brief summary of his ideas on the see-saw effect in the history of psychotherapy and how this keeps theory, technique, and our clinical practice stuck. 

The see-saw effect refers to the repetitive cycling back and forth between the two polarities of rational/behavioral and relational/empathic therapies. Dr. Domian believes that the reason psychotherapy is stuck is due to ineffectiveness of popular psychotherapies to adequately deal with intelligent-obsessive symptomatology.

Dr. Domian will spend the bulk of the presentation on the ego analytic alternative—working in a genuinely psychological way with intelligent-obsessive patients without over-relying on medication or either one of the two polarities on the see-saw. 

This workshop is rooted in the intensive training Dr. Domian received (2007-2015) in ego analytic psychotherapy from the psychoanalyst Bernard Apfelbaum out of Berkeley California. Clinical examples will emphasize both individual and couple therapy.


  • To increase therapist knowledge of the two polarities that currently predominate clinical theory and practice.
  • To describe the negative effect on clinical practice of over reliance on either polarity when working with intelligent-obsessive patients.. 
  • To identify and implement ego analytic techniques working with varying levels of complexity in intelligent-obsessive symptomatology in both individuals and couples.


About Dr. Domian

Al Domian has been in private practice since 1991 and specializes in individual adults and couples. He has worked as a psychotherapist since 1974 with adults, couples, children and families in a variety of outpatient and inpatient settings. Past experience includes director of psychological services at a psychiatric hospital for children, director of the Santa Fe Group Home for Girls, psychotherapist at a university counseling center, and consultant/in-service trainer to various mental health and business organizations. He has conducted hundreds of psychological evaluations for forensic and treatment purposes.

Dr. Domian received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas in 1972. His doctoral degree in counseling psychology was completed in 1988 from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. His internship was at the V.A. Medical Center in Leavenworth, Kansas. He is a licensed psychologist in both Missouri and Kansas.

Note: Dr. Domian’s past presentation to the 2016 GKCPA Fall Conference 5 reasons cognitive behavior therapy does not go deep enough can be viewed at Click on “articles.”

Date:  Friday, September 28

Time:  9:00-11:00 AM

Location:  University of St. Mary, 4500 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS

Cost:  Free for GKCPA members,  $15 for non-members

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