Welcome to WSPP-DC

The Oblivion Express

Jacob I. Melamed,Ph.D., M.S., APA-CPP (Substance Use Disorders)
Friday, April 27, 2018
Please Note Corrected Time:   9:30am – 12:30pm

On an average day 160 individuals will die of an opioid overdose in the United States. The opioid epidemic leaves no segment of society untouched. This presentation is designed for the clinician who has limited experience with the treatment of addictive disorders.
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Please register by mailing this registration form or members can email billiemitzner@gmail.com


Five Fridays 2017-2018

Dark Side of the Moon

Robert Roney, D.Min
Friday, September 15, 2017   11:30am – 2:30pm

Note: this seminar counts toward the CE Licensure requirement for Ethics.

Can’t Quit You Baby – The Pull Of The Passionate Bad Object

Stewart Aledort, MD, CGP, FAGPA
Friday, December 1, 2017   9:30am – 12:30pm


Let’s Talk About Sex: Developing Clinical Comfort & Competence Working with Sexual Issues in Psychotherapy

Suzanne Iasenza, PhD
Friday, January 19, 2018   9:30am – 12:30pm
Afternoon Session: 2:00 – 5:00pm, Note: the space-limited afternoon session is full. The morning seminar is still open for more registrants.


Dream Weaver – Tales From The Psyche

Fonya Lord Helm, Ph.D., ABPP
Friday, March 16, 2018   11:30am – 2:30pm


The Oblivion Express

Jacob I. Melamed, Ph.D., M.S., APA -CPP (Substance Use Disorders)
Friday, April 27, 2018   9:30am – 12:30pm

Our Mission

The Washington Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology is a local chapter of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the APA. We are an educational organization which offers workshops and short seminars on modern psychoanalytic ideas and approaches. We are open to practicing psychotherapists from all disciplines. 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.

Our History

The Washington Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology was formed in 1981, at a time when psychoanalytic education was almost exclusively the domain of the medical profession in Washington, DC. The only option for psychologists seeking education in the psychoanalytic tradition was to join medical institutes which were only open to psychologists in a very limited fashion. In 1988, WSPP became an official local chapter of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association, the APA division interested in psychoanalysis. WSPP has always welcomed all practicing psychotherapists to its courses and seminars, and makes no distinction in membership between psychologists and psychotherapists with other credentials.