Welcome to WSPP-DC

Five Friday Seminars 2019-2020

Must I Un-Friend Facebook?

September 20, 2019, 9:30am-12:30pm
Lisa Kays, LICSW

Note: This seminar counts toward the CE Licensure requirements for Ethics.

The Internal Landscapes of Suicidal Clients and the Clinicians Who Treat Them

October 25, 2019, 11:30am-2:30pm
Michal Gorman, MA, LPC

DID: It’s Not What You Think!!

February 7, 2020, 11:30am-2:30pm
Bethany Brand, PhD

50 Years After Stonewall: Exploring modern gay male identities and sexualities

March 20, 2020, 11:30am-2:30pm
Michael A. Giordano, LICSW, AASECTC

Redefining Medicine: Moving away from the Pill for every Ill, to Individualized

May 1, 2020, 9:30am-12:30pm
Anjali Dsouza, MD

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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.