Background: Davanloo’s IS-TDP has gained attention as a uniquely targeted and effective
short-term dynamic psychotherapy. Despite this awareness, the psychotherapeutic community
seems relatively uninformed about his active teaching and research programs over the last decade.
Method: The purpose of this paper is to update readers about several new metapsychological and
technical concepts which have been developed by Davanloo in his Montreal Closed Circuit Training
Program. While readers may be familiar with his focus on bond and attachment, unconscious anxiety,
the neurobiological pathways, and the central dynamic sequence, they are less likely to be familiar
with his newer concepts. These include his ongoing research into and subsequent theortical
advancements with regard to transference neurosis (and its various presentations), intergenerational
transference neurosis, and impairment in the unconscious defensive organization.
Results: This paper is the first of the two article series on these concepts. The first paper will focus
on definitions and discussions of these concepts. This will lay the foundation for their clinical application.
The second paper will feature a case seen in the private practice of one of the authors. This
case will demonstrate many of these concepts in clinical operation.
Conclusion: While the case was not supervised by Davanloo, it was reviewed at the 38th Annual
Metapsychology Meeting in Montreal, Canada in October, 2017.