The Love That Dare Not Speak its Name – On the Therapeutic Action and the Limitations of Romance and Desire in Psychotherapy + Psychoanalysis

Featuring Steven Kuchuck, LCSW


Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza


This presentation will address an historical and current-day taboo; the loving, romantic, and erotic feelings that often arise on both sides of the couch, but seldom get discussed in the literature. Particular attention will be paid to the impact of absent, violent, or otherwise unavailable fathers on their heterosexual sons and the resulting longing for male attention, admiration, and love, which often includes a need to be admired physically and romantically in ways their fathers could not provide. When this desire emerges in the treatment, the gay male therapist who experiences an erotic countertransference response and can manage potential anxiety and shame is in a unique position to provide the patient with these necessary supplies.

Through exploration of newly evolving theory and detailed case examples, Kuchuck will explore ways in which these therapist–patient subjective responses become a vital component of the therapeutic action and/or interfere with progress in treatment. Ample time will be allotted for audience discussion.

For more information or to register, please click here or email administrator@icpeast.org.

This conference is appropriate for clinicians at all levels of experience
and offers 3 CEs.

Here is a copy of the flier for you to use or share!



Continuing education credit: 3 CE credits available for full attendance. The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP+P) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ICP+P maintains responsibility for this program and its content. ICP+P is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education credit. Because ICP+P has approval from the Maryland Board, CE credits hours awarded by ICP+P may also be claimed by social workers licensed in Virginia and the District of Columbia. These continuing education credits meet the ANCC standards for nurses. Because these credits are approved by the American Psychological Association, marriage and family therapists licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia will receive continuing education credit. (Marriage and family therapists in other jurisdictions and licensed counselors should inquire with their local Boards regarding continuing education credit.) Attendees from the above professional groups will earn 3 CE credits for attending the conference. Full attendance is required to receive the designated CE credit. ICP+P is accredited by MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ICP+P designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Short Course – Integrating Somatic and Relational Approaches: Holding Space

 ~with Jane Jacobs, EdD and Rosemary Segalla, PhD


Friday, November 10, 2017 from 2:00-5:15 pm
ICP+P Office, 4601 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 8, Washington, DC 20008


This course will explore how somatic awareness can be successfully incorporated into a relationally based psychotherapy approach.  We will focus on two somatically based procedures: activation of the social engagement system and dual awareness.

Social engagement system.  We know that when babies lack attuned responses to distress from attachment figures they may, as adults, find relationships too unsafe a place to find comfort or regulation.  In the psychotherapy setting, changes we observe in our clients’ bodies may be powerful indicators of distress as it was experienced in infancy.  By sharing our awareness of these indicators and helping our clients find ways to soothe themselves, we can enable them to safely engage in the therapeutic relationship.

Dual awareness.  It is crucial for clients to know they will not be overwhelmed by emotion as they begin to explore deeply disturbing experiences from the past.  Within the attuned relationship the therapist helps the client develop many methods of regulating physiological arousal through breathing, imagery, movement, and other means.   This is often referred to as “resourcing.”   The client then can learn how to be increasingly aware of the sensations associated with distressed states from the past.  At this point the client is able to explore the distressed states using dual awareness: if immersion in the childhood states is too activating the client can shift awareness to the present, eliciting the safety of the therapeutic relationship and using the resourcing methods to regulate excessive arousal.

For more information or to register, please visit https://icpeast.org/short-course-integrating-somatic/ or email administrator@icpeast.org. 3 CEs

Here is a copy of the short course flyer for you to use or share!


Also, you can register now for our December 9th conference, The Love That Dare Not Speak its Name – On the Therapeutic Action and the Limitations of Romance and Desire in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis featuring Steven Kuchuck, LCSW. Click here for more.


Continuing education credit: 3 CE credits available for full attendance. The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP+P) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ICP+P maintains responsibility for this program and its content. ICP+P is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education credit. Because ICP+P has approval from the Maryland Board, CE credits hours awarded by ICP+P may also be claimed by social workers licensed in Virginia and the District of Columbia. These continuing education credits meet the ANCC standards for nurses. Because these credits are approved by the American Psychological Association, marriage and family therapists licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia will receive continuing education credit. (Marriage and family therapists in other jurisdictions and licensed counselors should inquire with their local Boards regarding continuing education credit.) Attendees from the above professional groups will earn 3 CE credits for attending the conference. Full attendance is required to receive the designated CE credit. ICP+P is accredited by MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ICP+P designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

3 Ethics CEs for Ethical Perspectives on ‘Fit’ and Fidelity in Clinical Practice


ICP+P presents its 4th Bruce Wine Memorial Conference 
featuring The Red Well Theater Group

Saturday, September 23, 2017
Registration: 8:30-9am
Program: 9am-12:30pm
Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza
One Veterans Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910

The play, Dinner with Friends, by Donald Margulies, is a cautionary tale about the vagaries of compatibility and commitment in long-term relationships—platonic, professional, romantic, and familial. The play will be presented as a parable about complex questions in clinical practice that have neither easy nor proscribed answers:

  • “What unconscious personal biases and values inform therapist ethical decision making?”
  • “Am I a ‘good enough’ therapist—for this patient, at this time?
  • “Are my co-therapist and I an effective therapeutic team?”
  • “Is being a psychotherapist (still) a vocational choice I want to commit to?”

This interactive program will give participants an opportunity to explore these and related questions, as they might be relevant to their clinical practice.

Conference Fees

  • Free for ICP+P Members
  • $90 for Non-members
  • $35 for Unaffiliated Students

Find all the details by clicking here!

Register Here!


Continuing education credit:  3 CE credits available for full attendance. The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP+P) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ICP+P maintains responsibility for this program and its content. ICP+P is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education credit. Because ICP+P has approval from the Maryland Board, CE credit hours awarded by ICP+P may also be claimed by social workers licensed in Virginia and the District of Columbia. These continuing education credits meet the ANCC approval standards for nurses and the approved standards for marriage and family therapists. Attendees from the above professional groups will earn 3 CE credits for attending the conference. Full attendance is required to receive the designated CE credit. ICP+P is accredited by MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ICP+P designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ICP+P Fellowship Program

ICP+P’s Psychoanalytic Training Program welcomes applications for the 2017-2018 class of its Fellowship Program in Contemporary Forms of Psychoanalysis. The Fellowship Program introduces participants to the ways psychoanalysis has evolved as a relevant clinical practice for the 21st century.


Applications are due July 15.


The program is designed for practicing clinicians, residents, interns, and advanced graduate students from mental health fields including psychology, psychiatry, social work, counseling, and nursing.  The Fellowship gives participants a feel for the types of learning experiences available in ICP+P’s Psychoanalytic Training Program.

Fellows participate in monthly Saturday afternoon seminars throughout the academic year, featuring presentations on selected psychoanalytic topics by faculty and graduates of ICP+P’s Psychoanalytic Training Program.  Readings are provided in advance of the meetings. Seminars draw from a variety of contemporary psychoanalytic perspectives, including self psychology, relational theory, intersubjective systems theory, motivational systems theory, attachment theory, and findings from infant studies.

Each seminar offers 2 CE credits.

Click here to learn more…

CE: ICP+P’s Scientific Day – Carr, Hoffman, and Jay

Saturday, January 28th!  Register Here Now.

Saturday, January 28, 2017 * 9:00 am-12:30 pm * Silver Spring, MD

Elizabeth M. Carr, APRN, MSN, BC
Have Compassion for Everyone You Meet: Music as a Medium of Relational Intimacy

Thomas Hoffman, MD
The Psychodynamics of Performance Anxiety: Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder
 
Jeffrey Jay, PhD
Whatever Happened To The Moral Dimensions of Psychological Trauma?

Although the topics of the three presentations are unrelated, at the same time each presenter will help us think about how we decide what we do as therapists, and what we choose to bring into the therapy room when we are with our patients. We will think about relational intimacy, and how knowing and being known sometimes takes more than just words. We will think about empathy, and when a self psychological approach might or might not be useful for a patient with performance anxiety. And we will think about working with trauma victims, and the idea that including the moral dimension could provide a more hopeful outcome.

Click here to go to our website for more information.

Click here to register online.

Continuing education credit:  3 CE credits available for full attendance. The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP+P) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ICP+P maintains responsibility for this program and its content. ICP+P is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education credit. Because ICP+P has approval from the Maryland Board, CE credit hours awarded by ICP+P may also be claimed by social workers licensed in Virginia and the District of Columbia. These continuing education credits meet the ANCC approval standards for nurses and the approved standards for marriage and family therapists. Attendees from the above professional groups will earn 3 CE credits for attending the conference. Full attendance is required to receive the designated CE credit. ICP+P is accredited by MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ICP+P designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.