Welcome to WSPP-DC

What’s Art Got To Do With It?
The Unique Role of Art in Therapy

April 5, 2019 11:30am-2:30PM

Throughout history, the arts have had a significant role in communicating ideas, uncovering hidden feelings, and healing the deleterious effects of trauma. This workshop will introduce participants to art therapy and creative techniques aimed at increasing a visual vocabulary while lowering the reliance on words to express feelings and communicate ideas. read more


Five Friday Seminars 2018-2019

Thought I’d See You One More Time Again: How We Mourn

October 5, 2018 9:30am-12:30pm
Kerry L. Malawista, PhD & Anne J. Adelman, PhD

Changing Your Mind: How knowing the neurobiology of trauma changes the conduct of a psychotherapy.

Note: This seminar counts toward the CE Licensure requirement for Trauma
November 9, 2018 9:30am-12:30pm
Richard A. Chefetz, MD

Adventures In EMDR Wonderland: Getting In And Out Of The Rabbit Hole

December 14, 2018 11:30am-2:30pm
Deany Laliotis, LICSW

You Can’t Take It With You… But You Can’t Let It Go

February 8, 2019 9:30am-12:30pm
Elspeth Bell, PhD & Frederika Granger, LCSW-C

What’s Art Got To Do With It? The Unique Role of Art in Therapy

April 5, 2019 11:30am-2:30PM

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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.