About WSPP

The Washington Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology (WSPP) is an official local chapter of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association, the APA division interested in psychoanalysis. We are an educational organization which offers seminars and short courses on modern psychoanalytic ideas and approaches. We are open to all practicing psychotherapists. In our seminars and short courses, we emphasize and foster a collegial atmosphere in which members and attendees learn from experienced, psychoanalytically-oriented clinicians, and in which all feel free to discuss the way the presenter’s ideas and approaches pertain to their own clinical experience. Over many years, we have developed a seminar format that actively welcomes the participation of all. For many, it is a rich and rewarding opportunity for professional growth and networking.

WSPP Five Fridays Seminar 4/28: Triumph Over Trauma

The Washington Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology Presents ‘Triumph Over Trauma’

Presenter: Cynthia Margolies, PhD

Date: Friday, April 28, 2017 11:30am-2:30pm

Trauma survivors struggle with shame at their helplessness in the face of trauma. Pierre Janet spoke of acts of triumph as essential to healing traumatic memories. Therapists can facilitate a process of triumphant re-imagining of memories with their clients, encouraging spontaneous visualizations of what needed to happen. Patients are often surprised at how powerful this is. The experience of therapy for patient and therapist becomes more playful (cf. Winnicott). Both can take pleasure in witnessing the client’s creativity, empowerment and resulting relief, pride and hope. Recent neurobiological findings will be presented which help explain how transformative imagery can facilitate clinical breakthroughs. Case examples will illustrate.

Registration: Free to members; $60 for non-members

CEs: This seminar earns 3 CEs which are free to members and included in the $60 non-member fee

Please register and send payment in advance to the address on the form. Registration forms are available at http://www.wspp-dc.org/wp-content/uploads/WSPP-Registration-Form-2016-17.pdf

Seminar Location: BCC Services Center
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, Maryland

More information about our 2016-2017 Five Fridays Program, learning objectives, membership, and policies can be found at http://www.wspp-dc.org

 

 

WSPP Five Fridays Seminar 3/17 – Treat or Teach: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on the Tasks of Supervision

The Washington Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology Presents ‘Treat or Teach: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on the Tasks of Supervision’

Richard C. Fritsch, PhD, ABPP

Friday, March 17, 2017  11:30am-2:30pm

This seminar will explore the supervisory process from a psychoanalytic perspective. It will compare and contrast two approaches which will illuminate the tension between “treat” and “teach” attitudes in the supervisor. The understanding of the basic data of supervision and the relational complications that arise in the inevitable tensions between supervisor and supervisee will be explored. Some clinical data from supervisory sessions from the presenter and from the audience, both as supervisors and supervisees, will be discussed to illuminate what makes for good supervision.

Registration: Free to members; $60 for non-members

CEs: This seminar earns 3 CEs which are free to members and included in the $60 non-member fee

Please register and send payment in advance to the address on the form. Registration forms are available at http://www.wspp-dc.org/wp-content/uploads/WSPP-Registration-Form-2016-17.pdf

Seminar Location: BCC Services Center
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, Maryland

More information about our 2016-2017 Five Fridays Program, learning objectives, membership, and policies can be found at http://www.wspp-dc.org

WSPP Five Fridays Seminar 2/17: Here we Go Round the Mulberry Bush, the Mulberry Bush, the Mulberry Bush… Breaking the OCD Loop

The Washington Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology Present ‘Here we Go Round the Mulberry Bush, the Mulberry Bush, the Mulberry Bush… Breaking the OCD Loop’

Julie Lewis, PhD, LLPC

Friday, February 17, 2017 9:30am-12:30pm

In Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, there is a self-reinforcing feedback loop that traps the OCD patient in an expanding pattern of ritualization. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy provides the tools we need to teach our patients how to interrupt and diminish these loops. This presentation will focus on a variety of specific CBT strategies that are useful with OCD, as well as addressing more recent approaches such as mindfulness and acceptance. In addition, we’ll look at developmental and dynamic conceptualizations to provide a broader framework for understanding OCD symptoms and guiding treatment. Finally, we will turn to case material to illustrate and discuss the critical components of treating OCD from a Cognitive Behavioral perspective.

Registration: Free to members; $60 for non-members

CEs: This seminar earns 3 CEs which are free to members and included in the $60 non-member fee

Please register and send payment in advance to the address on the form. Registration forms are available at http://www.wspp-dc.org/wp-content/uploads/WSPP-Registration-Form-2016-17.pdf

Seminar Location: BCC Services Center
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, Maryland

More information about our 2016-2017 Five Fridays Program, learning objectives, membership, and policies can be found at http://www.wspp-dc.org

The Hater of Love and Goodness: WSPP Five Fridays Seminar 11/18

The Washington Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology Presents ‘The Hater of Love and Goodness’.

Sharon Alperovitz, MSW, LICSW

Friday, November 18, 2016  11:30am-2:30pm

Envy disturbs – within ourselves and as a concept in psychoanalysis. In this workshop we will explore Melanie Klein’s idea of constitutional envy – an idea that stirred – and continues to stir – a storm of protests. In particular we will learn to identify and explore the varieties of envious experience from the most pathological towards the more everyday. In this way, it will help us to recognize an envious attack and, perhaps, more importantly how to think about it and work with it.

Registration: Free to members; $60 for non-members

CEs: This seminar earns 3 CEs which are free to members and included in the $60 non-member fee

Please register and send payment in advance to the address on the form. Registration forms are available at http://www.wspp-dc.org/wp-content/uploads/WSPP-Registration-Form-2016-17.pdf

Seminar Location: BCC Services Center
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, Maryland

More information about our 2016-2017 Five Fridays Program, learning objectives, membership, and policies can be found at http://www.wspp-dc.org

WSPP Cultural Competence Seminar: I’ve Gotta Be Me

The Washington Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology Presents ‘I’ve Gotta Be Me’   Note: this seminar counts toward the CE Licensure requirement for Cultural Competence.

Michael L. Hendricks, PhD, ABPP

Friday, September 16, 2016 9:30am-12:30pm

In this continuing education presentation, Dr. Hendricks discusses psychological practice with transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) clients beyond a Trans 101 introductory perspective. He discusses the typical issues TGNC clients present with, in addition to the accompanying challenges and opportunities in psychological practice with TGNC people. Special emphasis on case examples and strategies psychologists may use to advocate on behalf of their patients/clients are also included. Assessment of internalized transprejudice and lifespan concerns, as well as participants’ own construct of gender are also addressed.

Registration: Free to members; $60 for non-members

CEs: This seminar earns 3 CEs which are free to members and included in the $60 non-member fee

Please register and send payment in advance to the address on the form. Registration forms are available at http://www.wspp-dc.org/wp-content/uploads/WSPP-Registration-Form-2016-17.pdf

Seminar Location: BCC Services Center
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, Maryland

More information about our 2016-2017 Five Fridays Program, learning objectives, membership, and policies can be found at http://www.wspp-dc.org