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CE Workshop: Dealing With Pathological Ambivalence in Psychotherapy: Promoting Change from Within
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When: Friday, August, 16 2019
Where: GPA Office
13 Corporate Blvd. NE
Suite 220
Atlanta, Georgia  30329
United States
Presenter: Linda Buchanan, PhD
Contact: Hannah Steinberg, Marketing Specialist and Administrator

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Workshop Title: 

Dealing With Pathological Ambivalence in Psychotherapy: Promoting Change from Within


Workshop Description: 

Resistant, Oppositional, Borderline. We often use such terms and their stereotypical biases to describe patients who, despite expressing a desire to change, repeatedly reject our help. This workshop offers an alternative interpretation of resistance as Pathological Ambivalence (PA) that is rooted in early experience, biological functioning, and psychological narrative. These factors result in the development of strong but conflicting needs that can slow down, confuse or even halt the therapeutic process. This workshop will offer specific strategies that enable the patient to resolve the ambivalence from within thus minimizing the likelihood that the therapy will become the target of the ambivalence.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Reframe resistance as Pathological Ambivalence (PA).
  2. Describe the factors which cause some individuals to be more prone to developing PA than others.
  3. Quickly identify common expressions of PA in psychotherapy.

  4.  Utilize evidence-based strategies for sidestepping power struggles to empower clients to resolve ambivalence from within


      CE Hours: 3 


      Level: Intermediate


      About the Presenter:

      Dr. Linda Buchanan founded Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders in 1993 which was acquired by Walden Behavioral Care in 2017. She is now Senior Director of Clinical Services with Walden, a leading national healthcare system specializing in the treatment of eating disorders (to all genders and ages 11 and up) providing the full continuum of care with facilities in Georgia, Massachusetts and Connecticut.  Dr. Buchanan received her master’s degree from Georgia State University and a Diploma from the Psychological Studies Institute from which she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for her work in founding ACE. Dr. Buchanan then went on to receive her Ph.D. from Georgia State University doing a residency at the Medical College of Georgia. She currently has a book in publication titled A Clinician’s Guide to Dealing with Pathological Ambivalence: How to be on Your Client’s Side Without Taking a Side the content of which she has presented at multiple national conferences. She has published two chapters on her model of treatment of eating disorders which have been used as texts in a local doctoral program for Clinical Psychology students.  Additionally, she has published four research articles on the treatment of eating disorders including two outcome studies of the treatment provided at Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders.  She has been married for over 30 years and is the mother of two adopted sons.





      Registration Costs (per workshop): 

      Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before August 2, 2019 to receive this rate.)

      • $70: GPA Members
      • $105: Non-members
      • $20: *GPA Student Members

      Registration (After August 2, 2019)

      • $80: GPA Members
      • $115: Non-members
      • $30: *GPA Student Members

      Must be logged into member profile to receive member rate.

      *If a GPA Student Member needs continuing education credits, he/she will need to pay the higher GPA Member fee regardless of status as a student.


      Cancellation Policy:
      All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Hannah Steinberg via email ( A $35 cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellations prior to August 9, 2019. No refunds will be given after August 9, 2019.

      The Georgia Psychological Association is proud to sponsor and support a wide variety of workshops throughout the year as an APA approved sponsor of Continuing Education.