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Four Friday Seminars 2020-2021

Shame and Her Wicked Sister, Humiliation: Hidden Dimensions of the Treatment of Trauma

March 12, 2021, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Richard Chefetz, MD

Registration deadline is March 7th. Everyone will receive an individually encrypted Zoom link (coming from SecureVideo). We need to have your name and correct email address so we can send these individualized links. This takes time, so we are setting a deadline of registration by March 7th to ensure adequate time to send out individualized links. (Seminar links will come from SecureVideo account of Lynn Hamerling. It will not say WSPP in the email subject line).

Register here

WSPP will be offering it’s 2020-2021 Program online, via Zoom. Some will include virtual breakout groups to provide more experiential learning and opportunities for connecting with each other. We are paring back a little in order to provide a thought-provoking program that meets our members needs, while recognizing that many of us are experiencing Zoom fatigue and the Board itself is planning the program with a mixture of enthusiasm and Quarantine fatigue. For this year, we will be having a slightly reduced, Four Fridays 2020-2021 program. (Membership dues will be proportionally reduced to $100, and will include free registration for the Four Friday seminars).

Topics and Presenters are below. Full details of the programs can be see on our
Four Fridays page »

Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes: A Polyvagal Guide to Navigating the Nervous System Theory

September 25, 2020, 9:30am-12:30pm
Deborah A. Dana, LICSW
Special Follow-Up October 2nd Consultation, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, NOW FULL
Note: This seminar counts toward the CE Licensure requirements for Trauma.
Please note that a recording of the seminar will be available for WSPP members who attend the Sept 25 seminar.
The time for the September 25th Seminar has been changed to 9:30am – 12:30pm. Given this change we are extending registration (new registrations or cancellations) to noon on Wednesday, 9/23. Please provide an accurate email address to us to ensure that you receive the Zoom link to this presentation. The Zoom link will come directly from Deb Dana. If you haven’t already registered, it’s not too late. Please email our Membership Chairperson Jenny Craig (email Jenny Craig) with your name and email address and let her know that you’re mailing in your registration. The registration form is here and the membership form is here.

Bears, Otters, Daddies, Twinks: Modern Gay Identities and Sexualities

November 13, 2020, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Michael A. Giordano, LICSW, AASECT
Note: This seminar counts toward CE’s in LGBTQ and Cultural Competence.

Express Yourself: Tales from Internal Attachment Models

Friday, January 22, 2021, 11:30am – 2:30pm
Sue Marriott, LCSW, CGP

Shame and Her Wicked Sister, Humiliation: Hidden Dimensions of the Treatment of Trauma

March 12, 2021, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Richard Chefetz, MD
Note: This seminar counts toward the CE Licensure requirements for Trauma.

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.