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Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, August 1982, University of North Texas
Ph.D., Behavioral Medicine, May 1982, University of North Texas
B.A. Psychology, 1976, New York University
Role of emotions in mind/body healing
American Psychological Association
1997: California Psychological Association, Division of Media, Technology, and Communications, Jacqueline Bouhoutsos Award for outstanding contributions that make the public more aware of the value of professional psychology.
Dr. Dafter has been Associate Director of the UCLA Mind-Body Medicine Group in Head and Neck Surgery since 1994.
Areas of application for individuals and their families include:
Dr. Dafter helps patients access their inner healing resources. A wealth of research has illuminated the power of harnessing one's ability to use hypnotic imagery, somatic therapy and mindfulness to communicate with and help heal the body. He works with patients to incorporate these methods into their healing and recovery regimes.
Dr. Dafter integrates psychodynamic, interpersonal and dialetical behavior approaches to therapy. Sessions may range from a brief, symptom-oriented focus to deeper, intensive healing work depending on each individual's preferences and needs.
Teaching and Public Education
Dr. Dafter has also been active in the residency-training program for head and neck surgeons since 1994 at David Geffen UCLA Medical School.
While providing mind body treatments to head and neck cancer patients, he works side by side with both head and neck residents and surgical faculty in both pre-operative and post-operative hospital settings. This provides opportunities for teaching residents about mind/body aspects of patient care as the medical treatment process unfolds.
Residents are provided training about the psychological aspects of patients' surgery experiences and how to stimulate families coping with it. Residents learn how to utilize the doctor-patient relationship as an instrument for helping patients adapt to illness and heal within a mind/body frame work, that may include when indicated, collaboration with psychologists and/or psychiatrists.
Dr. Dafter is also committed to training a new generation of psychotherapists about common mind/body pathways of therapeutic change identified by neuroscience, across all schools of psychotherapy including:
Towards this end Dr. Dafter has provided training related to the above areas since the 1980's for doctoral-level clinical psychology students at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Pepperdine University and California School of Professional Psychology as well as in many Continuing Education venues for mental health professionals.
He was also a leader in developing and launching the American Psychological Association's National Public Awareness Campaigns in the 1990's, which has evolved to make mind body medicine a key focal point for APA's Pubic Education Programs today.
This resulted from his roles at that time as founding chairperson of Los Angeles Psychological Association's Health Psychology, Public Relations and Hospital Practices Committees as well as leading California Psychological Association's Marketing Committee.
Erika Whitmore Foundation, Advisory Board Member: Dr. Dafter plafyed a major role in 2004 in the creation of the Foundation. Their mission is to provide education, peer support/networking and resources to parents whose children have died. Their website receives over one million visits per year.
In addition to his teaching and consulting roles at UCLA, he maintains a private practice in Santa Monica, Ca treating patients and couples with a variety of psychological challenges as well as helping patients to cope and heal from medical disorders from the mind/body healing perspective.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Dafter or for more information, please call (310) 829-2400 or (310) 825-3422, ext 3. You may also e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.