The Empirical Status of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy – An Update: Bambi’s Alive and Kicking

Clinic of Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Giessen, Germany

Background: The Task Force on Promotion and Dissemination of Psychological Procedures proposed rigorous criteria to define empirically supported psychotherapies. According to these criteria, 2 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) showing efficacy are required for a treatment to be designated as ‘efficacious’ and 1 RCT for a designation as ‘possibly efficacious’. Applying these criteria modified by Chambless and Hollon, this article presents an update on the evidence for psychodynamic therapy (PDT) in specific mental disorders.
Methods: A systematic search was performed using the criteria by Chambless and Hollon for study selection, as follows: (1) RCT of PDT in adults, (2) use of reliable and valid measures for diagnosis and outcome, (3) use of treatment manuals or manual-like guidelines, (4) adult population treated for specific problems and (5) PDT superior to no treatment, placebo or alternative treatment or equivalent to an established treatment.


Positive Psychotherapy in Approaching Psychological Trauma

Nicoleta SASU
Psychologist and psychotherapist, Bistrita, Romania

Domain literature suggests that the cyclical nature of psychological trauma may lead, on a long term, to long term effects on the individuals and those around them. This paper sets out to examine the opportunity of using positive psychotherapy in approaching the effects of potentially traumatic events. Although trauma therapy is a less explored approach of positive psychotherapy, a review suggests that positive psychotherapy could bring a significant contribution when working with people exposed to potentially psychotraumatizing events, even in the phase of crisis intervention

psychological trauma, posttraumatic stress, positive psychotherapy, the balance model in psychotrauma therapy, conflicts, soldiers.