2016-2017 Institute ~ Embodying the Unspoken Self: Attachment, Trauma, Neurobiology and the Body

Psychotherapy is known as “the talking cure.”  Through words, patients describe memories and inner experiences, allowing empathically attuned therapists to enter that world.  But how can this process unfold when patients have no words for, and may not know, their own experiences?  Trauma specialists confront the difficulties of working with material not available to conscious awareness and verbal formulation.  P. Ogden, Levine, van der Kolk and others assert that the body holds the story and keeps the score, and that trauma may be revealed not in words but in somatic, unsymbolized sensory fragments and symptoms. Similarly, attachment researchers demonstrate the critical influence of injuries resulting from nuanced early failures of care during the preverbal period that set the stage for later dysfunction.

In four full-day conferences, the Institute on Embodying the Unspoken Self provides the opportunity to learn state of the art science and theory of how the body contains and communicates unformulated material, and effective techniques to access implicit memory, integrate previously inaccessible pieces of the patient’s past, and alleviate the patient’s distress.  Three hour pre-conferences will also be offered the Friday before each Saturday full day session for those who are interested in deepening their understanding of the topics and their clinical applications.

1st Conference ~ Infant Research and Adult Treatment with Beatrice Beebe, PhD ~ September 24, 2016

2nd Conference ~ The Polyvagal Theory with Stephen Porges, PhD ~ December 10, 2016

3rd Conference ~ Integrating the Body in the Psychotherapy of Trauma with Kathy Steele, MN, CS ~ February 25, 2017

4th Conference ~ Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Treatment of Trauma and Attachment with Ame Cutler, PhD ~ May 6, 2017

There is so much more information on the Institute on our website. Take advantage of early registration pricing and package deals. Please visit www.icpeast.org/2016-Institute to learn more. Early registration pricing ends on June 20th.

Continuing Education Credit: The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy+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. 7 CE credits will be awarded for attending each Saturday conference, at which 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 28 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Three (3) CE credits will be awarded for attendance following each pre-conference session.

2015 Stacia I. Super Memorial Ethics Conference


2015 Stacia I. Super Memorial Ethics Conference

 When Life Intervenes: Working In the Intersection of Personal and Professional

Sunday, December 6, 2015
1 PM – 4:30 PM
George Washington University
West Hall – Mount Vernon Campus


Allen Dyer, MD.

In the Wake of the Tsunami: When the Doctor Becomes a Patient

Tarpley Long, MSW. 

The Last Taboo: Ethical Considerations in Ageing and Retirement

Cornelia Lischewski, PsyD.

When an Analyst’s Analysis Goes Terribly Awry

 3 CME/CE Credits

 WCP Full, Life and Corresponding Members: $70
Friends, Basic and Non-Members: $100
Students (other than those in WCP Training Programs): $50

 Registration at:  www.wcpweb.org

2015 David L. Raphling Memorial Lecture


2015 David L. Raphling Memorial Lecture

“The Development of a Psychoanalyst”

Speaker: Judith Chused, MD
Date: Friday, September 18
Time: 7:30 – 9: 30 PM
Location: West Hall, #108
GWU Mount Vernon Campus
– Reception to Follow –

2 CME/CE Credits

WCP Members (any category): $25
Non-Members: $50
Institute, PSP, & close attention Students: Free

Registration at:  www.wcpweb.org

WSPP: Dancing with the “Other”: Culture, Race and Psychoanalytic Therapy

This seminar meets the Maryland CE Cultural Competence requirement

September 28, 2012 12:30-3:30pm
Presenter: Cherian Verghese, PhD

Culture and race, as bedrock experience, are gaining recognition as central to all human interactions. In the United States, our history and continuing experience of painful race relations have complicated dialoguing across cultural/racial differences. Racialized differences have been historically experienced as dangerous. When and how these can be safely and meaningfully addressed in therapy is a complex clinical challenge. Only our own willingness as psychotherapists to face the existence of racism and other realities in our patients’ and our own lives – including our complicity in maintaining our “unearned privileges” – will enable us to engage our patients in potentially healing dialogues. So… join us: let’s have a clinical-relational dialogue across our differences.

Presenter: Dr. Cherian Verghese is a Psychologist in private practice in Washington DC for over 20 years. He is on the faculty of the Washington School of Psychiatry (Supervision Training Program), and the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis where previously he also was Coordinator of the Psychotherapy Training Program. In addition, Dr. Verghese is a clinical consultant and a training psychologist at several area university counseling centers, including at the American University and the University of Maryland -College Park. His paper “Culture as Context: Implications for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy” is scheduled to be published in an upcoming, Summer – 2012, issue of Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy. In 2005, Dr. Verghese founded the Washington DC based networking and dialoguing group SAMHA-South Asian Mental Health Association.

Registration: free to members, $40 for non-members.
CE’s: this seminar earns 3 CE’s for an additional cost of $10 (for members and non-members).

Please register and send payment in advance.   Registration form can be found here: http://www.wspp-dc.org/images/Registration2012-2013.pdf

Location: BCC Services Center
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, Maryland

More information about our 2012-2013 Five Fridays Program, learning objectives, membership, and policies can be found at www.wspp-dc.org.