Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis

2017-2018 Psychoanalytic Takes on the Cinema

Fridays @ 7:30 p.m.
Location: 6912 Ayr Lane, Bethesda, MD

February 16, 2018: Manchester by the Sea, Discussant-Bonnie L. Gallagher, LICSW
March 2, 2018: American Sniper, Discussant-Lauri Joseph, LCSW-C, ATR-BC
April 6, 2018: My Days of Mercy, Discussant-Julio Szmuilowicz, MD, FRCPC, DABPN
May 11, 2018: The Descendants, Discussant-Joan Turkus, MD

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Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis

Psychoanalysis, Creativity and the Arts Program

“Vermeer’s ‘The Art of Painting’ and the Art of Psychoanalysis”

Presenter: J. David Miller, MD
Moderator: Rosa Aurora Chávez, MD, PhD

February 3, 2018
9:30-11:00 a.m.

5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Suite 440 conference room
Washington, DC 20015

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Analyst and Patient in the Here and Now: A Comparative Clinical Methods Workshop — Abbot Bronstein

Contemporary Freudian Series: CREATING THINKING SPACES
Analyst and Patient in the Here and Now:
A Comparative Clinical Methods Workshop
Presenter and Facilitator:
Abbot A. Bronstein, PhD
Chair, North American CCM Working Party
Saturday, February 10, 2018
(12-1pm Lunch Break)
4 CE/CME credits
Workshop is limited to 35 Participants
The Working Party on Comparative Clinical Methods (CCM) has been designed to allow analysts to talk across theoretical, linguistic, and cultural boundaries in order to study the implicit and explicit clinical theories psychoanalysts use in their consulting rooms. During CCM Working Party meetings, groups of analysts gather to work on explicating particular aspects of the analytic process.
This program will be a workshop on the process and method of the Comparative Clinical Methods Working Party. Dr. Bronstein will provide clinical material that includes interventions, taken from the analytic process material of six analysts, who span the spectrum of analytic schools in North America, from Kleinian, Freudian, Relational, and Kohutian. We will explore together the method and the steps followed in the full two-day working party clinical meetings. Attendees will be presented with the task of understanding how the analyst works. The workshop group will focus both on the overall method, as well as specifically look at how analysts interpret in their work with patients. We will also have clinical material from a child analysis to contrast and compare with the work of adult analysts.
Following a brief presentation on interpretation, the group will work using the “Steps 1 and 2” developed by the CCM Working Party in Europe and adapted by the North American Working Party. Step 1 attempts to describe the six kinds of interventions analysts make. Step 2 helps clarify the theory the analyst has and uses about psychopathology, how analysis works itself, the analyst’s view of transference, and other categories that together comprise an analyst’s clinical method. Attendees will consider the function and purpose of each “intervention” in depth (Step 1), and then construct, from their discussion of the clinical material, a picture of the presenter’s work (Step 2). In this workshop, the specific focus will be on the way analysts use interpretation and, in particular, how interpretation in the “here and now” is understood by different analysts in their clinical work.
Abbot A. Bronstein, PhD is a Psychoanalyst in San Francisco, a graduate and faculty member of SFCP, and a training and supervising psychoanalyst in the IPA. He is an Editorial board member of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and the Editor of the Analyst at Work Section of the IJP. Dr. Bronstein introduced the European Working Party Groups to North America and chairs the IPA North America Comparative Clinical Methods Working Party Group. He was recently honored as a distinguished analyst in 2017 at the meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association, where he has led a discussion group on Kleinian clinical thinking for over 20 years.
The Fenton Room, Second Floor
Silver Spring Civic Building
1 Veteran’s Plaza
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Parking – free parking in public lot across the street from Civic Center, on Ellsworth
Program Fee:
$110 CFS Members and Associate Members
$130 Non-CFS Members
$25 Candidates and Current CFS Students
No refunds
Who Should Attend:
The instructional level for this activity is advanced. Attendees must be analysts or candidates in training.
Continuing Education Credits:
Upon completion of this program and online survey, participants will be granted certificates for 4 AMA PRA Category 1 credits for medical professionals. For other mental health professionals, upon completion of this program and evaluation form, participants will be granted 4 CE credits.

Relational Ethics in Contemporary Psychoanalytic Practice: Doing the ‘Right’ Thing

On February 3, 2018, ICP+P will present
Elizabeth A. Corpt, MSW, LICSW

Offering 3 ETHICS CEs

In psychoanalytically informed practice, we tend to avoid ethical and moral judgments except when rules of professional conduct are threatened or breached. This insures a neutral zone within the consulting room best for deep and non-judgmental exploration. In the meantime, there has been a post-modern philosophical shift in relation to thinking about ethics. This shift, referred to as relational ethics, broadens and deepens the definition of ethics. Ethics moves beyond the importance of applying the “right” rules or techniques to the more experience near notion of determining the “right thing” within a particular context.

Relational ethics provides a useful intersubjective framework that takes into account such things as interdependency, mutual vulnerability, uncertainty, as well as context. Relational ethics provides the philosophical underpinning for conduct in contemporary relational and intersubjective practice and an expanded way to think about the use of one’s subjectivity in clinical decision-making.

This conference is appropriate for clinicians at all levels of experience.


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Saturday, February 3, 2018
Registration: 8:30-9am
Program: 9am-12:30pm
Silver Spring Civic Building
One Veterans Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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.


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Washington Area Case Conference

Michael Krass, PhD

“Unbidden Thoughts, Unwelcome Feelings: Making Use of Reverie in Psychotherapy”

Friday, January 12, 2018

12:15 – 2:15 p.m. Presentation and Discussion

River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Road, Bethesda, MD

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