Friday Workshops 2010-2011

Achy-Breaky Heart
Friday, October 1, 2010
9:30am – 12:30pm

Dr. Cortina will review some basic concepts in attachment theory, particularly those concepts most useful for the practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy. Attachment theory adds to our understanding of motivation, affective regulation, defenses, and developmental and interpersonal processes. Clinically, it helps us work with many kinds of challenging patients: patients who remain preoccupied and enmeshed in the past with attachment figures, and/or who remain entangled in the present with romantic relations; patients who avoid, idealize or dismiss the importance of close intimate relationships; and patients with highly controlling interpersonal patterns. Dr. Cortina will illustrate these concepts with clinical vignettes and will also welcome cases that demonstrate disruptive or traumatic attachments.
Presenter: Mauricio Cortina, MD


When You Walk Through A Storm
Friday, November 5, 2010
9:30am – 12:30pm

Sometimes our best intentions with trauma clients backfire or do not work. We’re challenged to find ways to help them stabilize, find a glimmer of hope, or even trust us. Innovative trauma treatment approaches can increase our effectiveness but they seem foreign to our traditional training as psychodynamic therapists.  We’ll look at basic principles and some tools which can be integrated into traditional therapy.  Bring your most difficult cases and we’ll explore how some of these tools could make a difference.  
Presenter: Cynthia Margolies, PhD


I Can See Clearly Now
Friday, January 28, 2011
12:30pm – 3:30pm

This workshop will help us understand how mindfulness can transform both the therapist and the therapy. In many instances, we can find it difficult to stay grounded and centered with our clients – the client may be challenging, or we may be preoccupied with our own concerns. Therapists need an enhanced capacity to hold anxiety and intense affects. Mindfulness skills help to develop embodied self-awareness and emotional resilience. They also increase our ability to sit with and hold affectively charged material, to remain calm, and to regulate anxiety and uncertainty. Through experiential exercises and discussion, we will explore together the complementary relationship between psychotherapy and mindfulness and the ways they support each other to help relieve emotional and physical suffering.

Presenter: Susan Drobis, LICSW

Educational Objectives:
After attending this intermediate-level program participants will be able to:

  1. Name and describe 3 basic aspects of mindfulness
  2. Name and describe 4 abilities that mindfulness helps develop
  3. Describe how mindfulness can reduce self-criticism and foster self-acceptance
  4. Describe the mechanism through which mindfulness can relieve the level of emotional suffering

Presenter: Susan Drobis, LICSW, Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, is a psychotherapist and life coach with a private practice in Washington, DC. She is a faculty member and trainer for the Center for Healing and Imagery. She has presented to numerous organizations, including National NASW, Metro DC NASW, and The Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work, on the topics of somatic imagery, mindfulness and meditation, and creativity and stress reduction.


Both Sides Now
Friday, March 18, 2011

9:30am – 12:30pm

Dr. Melamed has looked at drugs from both sides now, as psychotherapist and as clinical psychopharmacologist. He has been on both sides of the medication debate. What is the proper role of psychotropic medication in psychological treatment? What are the psychotherapist’s responsibilities for recommending a medication consultation, in making the referral, in addressing the patient’s concerns, and monitoring the effects of medication on the patient and on the psychotherapy? This presentation will discuss the meanings that medication can have for the patient and the therapist, the illusions that surround the use of psychotropic medication and outline the real limitations and real benefits of psychotropic medication.
Presenter: Jack Melamed, PhD, MS (Clin. Psychopharm), APA-CPP

Educational Objectives: After attending this intermediate-level program participants will be able to:

  1. List the factors to be considered in deciding to refer a patient for a medication evaluation
  2. List the common concerns for patients considering psychotropic medication
  3. Describe common issues that arise when integrating psychotropic medication into psychological treatment

Presenter: Dr. Melamed is a clinical psychologist who holds a M.S. degree in clinical psychopharmacology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has completed the American Psychological Association’s Psychopharmacology Examination for Psychologists. As part of his clinical practice, Dr. Melamed provides consultation to patients who are considering psychotropic medications or who have concerns about their current psychotropic medications and provides recommendations to prescribers.


These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things
Friday, May 6, 2011
12:30pm – 3:30pm

Under the umbrella of Self Psychology, there has been an expansion of theory and an exploration of many facets of Kohut’s work. Later theories include: Motivational Systems (Joe Lichtenberg, James Fosshage and Frank Lachmann); Attachment Theory and its use in adult treatment (Beatrice Beebe and Frank Lachmann); Intersubjectivity Theory (Robert Stolorow, George Atwood and Donna Orange), and Complexity Theory (James Coburn). We will refresh our minds about Kohut’s fine contributions, and explore these later theories. Later developments have expanded the focus to include couples, family and group work. Clinical examples will explicate the theories presented.

Presenter: Rosemary Segalla, PhD

Educational Objectives: After attending this intermediate-level program participants will be able to:

  1. Participants will be able to identify four contributions of Kohut to the paradigm shift occurring within psychoanalysis
  2. Participants will be able to name and describe three major trends within Self Psychology today
  3. Participants will be able to identify and explain three ways in which Kohut’s theory and technique have contributed to clinical practice

Presenter: Rosemary Segalla, PhD is a clinical psychologist and certified group psychotherapist with a private practice in psychotherapy in Washington, DC. She serves on the faculty of the Washington School of Psychiatry. She was a founding member of the Washington Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology and a founding member of the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She has been, over the years, a board member, co-director, program chair, director, and faculty member of ICPP. She is on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Inquiry. She has published and presented extensively on topics within the framework of Self Psychology.