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Epistemic Trust: An Essential Component of All Effective Psychotherapies

Event Details
Trinity College Dublin, Robert Emmet Theatre, Arts Block
9:00am Registration 9:30am Start


Recent meta-analytic clinical outcome studies have indicated that approach-specific therapeutic techniques are significantly less important than previously believed. Mentalization theorists have proposed that epistemic trust is essential to learning in all effective psychological therapies. This important perspective will be presented and explored in this one-day conference.

Speakers: Peter Fonagy (keynote), Patrick Luyten, Claire O'Dowda and Gerry Byrne

Tickets: full price - €120, limited early bird - €100

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9:00am to 9:30am: Registration

9:30am to 10:50am: Professor Patrick Luyten

Introducing Epistemic Trust (a presentation followed by a question and answer session)

10:50am to 11:20am: Coffee break

11:20am to 12:40pm: Claire O’Dowda

Epistemic Trust as a Predictor of Null and Negative Clinical Outcomes (a presentation followed by a question and answer session)

12:40pm to 1:40pm: Lunch

1:40pm to 3:00pm: Gerry Byrne

Epistemic Trust in Relation to Working with Young People and Families (a presentation followed by a question and answer session)

3:00pm to 3:30pm: Coffee break

3:30pm to 5:00pm: Keynote speech by Professor Peter Fonagy OBE

Epistemic Trust and the Origins of Culture (a one-hour speech followed by a question and answer session).

5:30pm to 7:30pm: Post-conference drinks reception in the Freemason's Hall, 17 Molesworth Street, D2.

Enquires can be made by emailing

Ticket price includes attendance for the full day, materials, post-conference wine reception.

Disclaimer: While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided on the IACP website event calendar, the IACP cannot accept any responsibility or liability for information provided by outside organisations.

Please note this is not an IACP run event.

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