Foundations of Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy

“Special Topics in the Theory, Technique, and Practice of Couple Therapy”

8 session videoconference course – attend in person in Chevy Chase or join by computer or telephone

Presented by the International Psychotherapy Institute in collaboration with The Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (TCCR) and the British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors (BSCPC)

Course begins January 23, 2013,  9:45-11:45 a.m. Eastern Time and will focus on special topics and challenges in the practice of couple treatment.  Case presenters and discussants from various points on the globe will add depth, humor, and practical application to the exploration of theoretical constructs.  Participants may join the course at several established videoconference sites including Chevy Chase, MD, Indianapolis, IN, Long Island, NY Salt Lake City, UT, Omaha, NE, Pittsburgh, PA, Tel Aviv, Israel, Taipei, Taiwan, and Panama City, Panama, or may join individually by videoconference program or by phone or video streaming (for information contact or 301 215-7377).

See full course announcement here.


January 23: Case Presentation by Patsy Ryz, Child Psychotherapist and TCCR Trainee.  Discussant: Janine Wanlass, PhD.

February 6:  IPI Case Presentation: Dr. Dina Oren (Israel).  David Scharff, MD, Discussant

February 20: Molly Ludlam, BSCPC,“How might the couple psychotherapist best think about relationship breakdown and failure?”

March 6:  Case Presentation: Colleen Sandor, PhD.  Discussant, Dr. Chris Clulow, TCCR.

March 20:  Nora Tsatsas, TCCR, “Living in Two Languages: A Bilingual Couple Therapist’s Experience of Working in the Mother Tongue”

April 3: Richard Zeitner, PhD, “Self and Couple”

April 17: David Scharff, MD, “Aggression in Couples”

May 8: Case Presentation: Dr. Marguerite Reid, D.Psych.Psych., TCCR. Discussant: James Poulton, PhD., IPI.

Fee/Registration: $295 (participants register for the full course of eight sessions – not open to registration for individual sessions).

CE Credit: 16 hours.


Contact IPI at or 301-215-7377 for more information on this or any of our programs

Listening Out, Listening In: Apprehending Self and Other

International Psychotherapy Institute Weekend Conference

January 25-27, 2013


Saturday Morning Lecture and Small Group January 26

The Oedipal Conflict in Modern Psychoanalysis:  Beyond infantile sexuality and into the unknown”  presented by Geoffrey Anderson, Ph.D.

Rockville Hilton Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852 

Please join IPI in a weekend of discovery on the process of listening, experiencing, and connecting in the analytic encounter. Presentations by IPI faculty combined with our emphasis on experiential learning through the small group process will expand the capacity for in-depth clinical work for psychoanalysts and psychotherapists alike.

Please note: Dr. Michael Parsons, originally scheduled to present at this conference, has had to withdraw due to unavoidable circumstances.  The Saturday morning lecture, open to separate registration, will be presented by Geoffrey Anderson, Ph.D., IPI Director.

Conference includes lectures, case presentations, and large and small group discussions.  Topics include analytic listening and the internal position of the analytic listener; differences between a mature oedipal position and a neurotic oedipal complex; and the application of enhanced analytic listening to clinical work.  Participants will practice analytic listening in small and large group settings.  Saturday morning lecture and small group discussion open for registration to mental health professionals not attending the full conference.

Full Conference Fee:     $485 21 days in advance, $505 thereafter. (IPI full members: $350; associate members: $400)

JICC Candidates: $245; Full time students: $150.

Saturday Morning  Only: $30,  JICC Candidates $15, IPI members free with a guest

CE Credit:  Full Conference:  14.5 hours.; Sat. A.M. Only: 3.5 hours

Register online at or contact IPI for more information:info@theipi.orgor 201-215-7377



Saturday, March 9, 2013 (5:00 – 6:30 pm)

Psychoanalytic Forum

Presenter: Judith Chused, MD

“What’s a Mother to Do? The Analysis of a Narcissistic Child.”

Baltimore Washington Center for Psychoanalysis – 14900 Sweitzer Lane, Suite 102, Laurel, MD 20707

(10 minutes from the Capital Beltway and less than 30 minutes from Baltimore)

301-470-3635 or 410-792-8060


Please join us for an Open House
Sunday, March 3, 2013
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Baltimore Washignton Center for Psychoanalysis – 14900 Sweitzer Lane, Suite 102, Laurel, Maryland 20707

Please join us to learn more about training programs at the Baltimore Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis. After brief descriptions of Institute programs, we will have an informal open discussion. There will also be opportunities for one-on-one discussions. Faculty, graduates and current psychoanalytic candidates will be available to talk with you about any issues and questions you may have. We will serve refreshments.

Visit for a registration form or call 301-470-3635 or 410-792-8060. Please register by Friday, February 22, 2013.



BSPS Conference with Leon Wurmser, MD, PhD on Sunday, January 27th, 2013

The Baltimore Society for Psychoanalytic Studies


Leon Wurmser, M.D., Ph.D.

Nothing Good is Allowed to Stand: An Integrative View of the Negative Therapeutic Relationship

Sunday, January 27, 2013


9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast, Sign In and Registration
10:00 a.m.  – 1:00 p.m. Presentation
Sheppard Pratt Conference Center
6501 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21285


Program Description: When working with patients with severe neuroses, one very often has to cope with the “negative therapeutic reaction”:  that every progress in the analytic or therapeutic work is paradoxically followed by a clinical deterioration. There are a number of dynamic factors that converge in bringing about this clinical phenomenon. Foremost among them are: many layered guilt and shame, the role of envy and jealousy, attachment to negative affects, turning trauma from passive to active, conflicts within the superego, fear of gratitude, and the defensive use of omnipotence of responsibility. This presentation will review literature related to the negative therapeutic relationship and present some clinical vignettes.


About the speaker:  Léon Wurmser, M.D., PhD (Humboldt U.,Berlin), author: The Hidden Dimension (Aronson, 1978), The Mask of Shame (Aronson, 1981), The Power of the Inner Judge (Aronson, 2000), Flight from Conscience (Springer, 1987),The Riddle of Masochism (Springer, 1993), Magic Transformation and Tragic Transformation (Vandenhoeck, 1999), Values and Ideas of Judaism in Psychoanalytic View (Vandenhoeck, 2001); Torment me, but don’t abandon me! (Jason Aronson, 2007); Jealousy and Envy. New views about two powerful emotions (together with Dr. Heidrun Jarass; publ. Analytic Press, 2007) ; Shame and the evil eye (Kohlhammer, 2011); and “Nothing  good is allowed to stand” – An integrative view of the negative therapeutic reaction (together with Dr. Heidrun Jarass; published Analytic Press, 2007). He is the recipient of the Egnér, and JAPA Prizes. He is also a Contemporary Freudian Society Training and Supervising Analyst and has a private practice in Towson, MD.  He teaches regularly in Europe.

Objectives:  At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the aftereffects of traumatization as it manifests in self-directed aggressions of the superego and in the claim of omnipotence of responsibility;
  2. Explain the “negative therapeutic reaction” in terms of masochism, the prohibition of anything “good”, and the role of intrapsychic conflicts between opposing values and loyalties;
  3. Describe the role of envy, jealousy, and resentment directed against the self in the superego, as manifest in the “inner object”, the “inner judge”;
  4. Discuss ways of dealing with the negative therapeutic reaction when it manifests in the transference and countertransference, while also considering the role of the “real” relationship.


Who Should Attend?  Mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, pastoral counselors) and persons with an interest in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic thinking and application.

CE Credits:  CE credits are granted to participants with documented attendance and completed evaluation forms.  Attendance is monitored.  Credit will not be granted to registrants who arrive late, or depart early.  Credit will be granted to participants who submit a completed evaluation form at the end of the session.  It is the responsibility of participants to comply with these requirements.  Upon completion of this program, participants will be given 3 CE credits.  This program is being co-sponsored by The Contemporary Freudian Society (CFS).  CFS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education programs for psychologists.  The Contemporary Freudian Society maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Baltimore Society of Psychoanalytic Studies is recognized by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners as a sponsor of continuing education activities. 

Registration:  In order to register, please visit our website,, and fill out our online registration form.  Make checks payable to Baltimore Society for Psychoanalytic Studies and mail to:  

BSPS, PO Box 20910, Baltimore, MD 21209-0910. 

Program fees are non refundable.

Pre-registration fees:

  • $35 BSPS and CFS members
  • $60 Non-members
  • $5 Full-time student members
  • $15 Full-time student non-members

*Pre-registration fees apply only if payment is received by 1/22/13.

Registration received after 1/22/13 or at the door: 

  • $45 BSPS and CFS members
  • $70 Non-members
  • $15 Full-time student members
  • $25 Full-time student non-members


Important disclosure information:  None of the planners and presenters of this CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Contact:  For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Scott  via email: or call: 410-665-3550.