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.


Questions? Email

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.

Sunday, September 25, 2016: BSPS Conference on Psychoanalytic Dimensions of Opiate Addiction with Clark J. Hudak, Jr., PhD

The Baltimore Society for Psychoanalytic Studies
Clark J. Hudak, Jr., PhD
“Psychoanalytic Dimensions of Opiate Addiction”
Sunday, September 25, 2016

9:30 AM Continental Breakfast, Sign-In and Registration
10:00 AM-1:00 PM Presentation
Sheppard Pratt Conference Center
6501 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21285

Program Description:
According to the American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM), addiction is considered a primary, chronic, and relapsing brain disease, characterized by an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. Addiction can profoundly impact family, social, occupational, psychological, and somatic functioning. Opioid use has been around for centuries, but in recent years, its use and abuse has increased to the point of it becoming a worldwide health problem. Addiction to heroin, morphine, and prescription narcotics, is on the rise due to an increased availability by doctors and the pharmaceutical companies. In 2014, in the US alone, it is estimated that 1.9 million had a substance abuse disorder involving prescription pain medication, while an additional 586,00 had an abuse disorder involving heroin. Of the approximate 50,000 accidental drug overdoses during that same time span, it is estimated that close to 30,000 were related to narcotics.
The treatment of the compulsive drug user, specifically the opioid addict, requires a multifaceted approach. In the stabilization phase, medically assisted treatment is necessary, typically by either detoxification, or by the use of agonist medications, such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. Once the patient is medically stable, the sustainability for long-term recovery requires clinical methods that address the underlying psychopathology of the patient. The four major theories of psychoanalysis, i.e.: Drive Theory, Ego Psychology, Object Relations, and Self-Psychology, can be useful to our understanding of compulsive drug use. This seminar will review pertinent literature and utilize case material.
About the Speaker:
Clark J. Hudak, Jr., PhD is a clinical social worker with over 35 years in private practice, and with a specialization in the field of addictions. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMAB), where he received his MSW & PhD degrees. He has been an Adjunct Faculty at UMAB and is currently a lecturer/instructor for CAPA (China American Psychoanalytic Alliance). He has expertise in treating sexual disorders, pathological gambling, and substance abuse. He has directed several treatment programs for pathological gambling and substance abuse, and is the founder and CEO of Recovery Network, which is a comprehensive behavioral health clinic in Baltimore, MD. Recovery Network offers residential and outpatient services for treatment of substance abuse, and other addictive behaviors. In addition, Dr. Hudak has had advanced training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy thru the Baltimore-Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, and psychoanalysis through the Contemporary Freudian Society of Washington DC, where he is an advanced candidate. His extensive experience with treating opioid addiction is considerable, and he believes that treating the underlying psychopathology is essential for sustaining long term recovery.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:
1. Identify diagnostic indicators of opioid addiction
2. Discuss pharmacological therapies in the stabilization phase of treatment of drug abusers;
3. Describe typical defenses used by compulsive drug users;
4. Apply psychoanalytic concepts and principles to a conceptualization of the psychopathology of compulsive drug use;
5. Explain an addictive personality syndrome, utilizing psychoanalytic theory
6. Describe techniques for treating opiate addiction and compulsive drug abuse that are based in psychoanalytic theory

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. The instructional level of this activity is advanced.
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. Baltimore Society of Psychoanalytic Studies is recognized by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners as a sponsor of continuing education activities. The Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists recognizes Continuing Education credits granted by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners.


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.

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 BSPS by email:

Pre-registration fees:
• $45 BSPS members
• $65 Non-members
• $15 Full-time student members
• $25 Full-time student non-members
**Pre-registration fees apply only if registration and payment are received by Monday, September 19, 2016.

Registration received after Monday, September 19, 2016 or at the door:
• $50 BSPS members
• $85 Non-members
• $20 Full-time student members
• $30 Full-time student non-members