Welcome to WSPP-DC

Four Friday Seminars 2020-2021

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). We have a thought-provoking series of Four Fridays for the 2020-2021 season, starting on September 25, with a presentation by Deb Dana on Polyvagal Theory.

Topics and Presenters are below, with some dates. Further information will be updated soon.. Also look for our brochure later this month.

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

Deb Dana, LICSW
September 25th 2020, 11:30am-2:30pm
Note: This seminar counts toward the CE Licensure requirements for Trauma.

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

Michael Giordano, LiCSW
November 13th, 9:30am-12:20pm
Note: This seminar counts toward the CE Licensure requirements for Cultural Competence.

Integrating earlier Attachment Theory/Research with recent advances in Relational Neuroscience

Sue Marriott, LCSW, CGP
January 22nd, 2021 11:30am-2:30pm

Shame, Humiliation, and Threats to Mental and Social Integrity

Richard Chefetz, MD
Spring 2021 date and time TBD


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.