Five Fridays 2016 – 2017

I’ve Gotta Be Me

Michael L. Hendricks, PhD, ABPP
Friday, September 16, 2016   9:30am-12:30pm

Note: this seminar counts toward the CE Licensure requirement for Cultural Competence.

In this continuing education presentation, Dr. Hendricks discusses psychological practice with transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) clients beyond a Trans 101 introductory perspective. He discusses the typical issues TGNC clients present with, in addition to the accompanying challenges and opportunities in psychological practice with TGNC people. Special emphasis on case examples and strategies psychologists may use to advocate on behalf of their patients/clients are also included. Assessment of internalized transprejudice and lifespan concerns, as well as participants’ own construct of gender are also addressed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to identify the professional standards, competencies, and guidelines for psychological practice with TGNC clients.
  2. Attendees will be able to describe 3 frameworks that support TGNC-affirmative care.
  3. Attendees will be able to articulate 3 challenges in the assessment of Gender Dysphoria and Transprejudice and 2 opportunities for advocacy for TGNC clients.
  4. Attendees will be able to explain reasons for engaging in Interdisciplinary Collaborative Care with TGNC patients/clients.

Dr. Michael L. Hendricks is a clinical psychologist in private practice at the Washington Psychological Center, P.C., in Washington, D.C. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a past president of APA’s Division 44 (the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues), and of Section VII (Clinical Emergencies and Crises) of APA’s Division 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology). He served on the APA Task Force that developed the Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People. He has conducted research with TGNC people and is the lead author on the seminal paper on the minority stress model for transgender inidividuals. In 2015, he was awarded an American Psychological Association Presidential Citation for his work. A primary focus of his clinical practice involves work with TGNC adolescents and adults.

The Hater of Love and Goodness

Sharon Alperovitz, MSW, LICSW
Friday, November 18, 2016   11:30am-2:30pm

Envy disturbs – within ourselves and as a concept in psychoanalysis. In this workshop we will explore Melanie Klein’s idea of constitutional envy – an idea that stirred – and continues to stir – a storm of protests. In particular we will learn to identify and explore the varieties of envious experience from the most pathological towards the more everyday. In this way, it will help us to recognize an envious attack and, perhaps, more importantly how to think about it and work with it.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe Melanie’s Klein concept of constitutional envy.
2. Define the difference between jealousy and envy.
3. Define the difference between envy and greed.

Sharon Alperovitz, MSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Work who is also trained as a psychoanalyst and a couple and family therapist. She is a Teaching Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Studies Program of the Washington Institute of Psychoanalysis. She is co-chair of the Close Attention Program and the New Directions Program as well as faculty of the Couple and Family Program of the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. She is co-chair of the Infant and Young Child Program: Seeing the Unseen in Clinical Work of the Washington School of Psychiatry.

Here we Go Round the Mulberry Bush, the Mulberry Bush, the Mulberry Bush… Breaking the OCD Loop

Julie Lewis, PhD, LLPC and Kathy HoganBruen, PhD
Friday, February 17, 2017   9:30am-12:30pm

In Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, there is a self-reinforcing feedback loop that traps the OCD patient in an expanding pattern of ritualization. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy provides the tools we need to teach our patients how to interrupt and diminish these loops. This presentation will focus on a variety of specific CBT strategies that are useful with OCD, as well as addressing more recent approaches such as mindfulness and acceptance. In addition, we’ll look at developmental and dynamic conceptualizations to provide a broader framework for understanding OCD symptoms and guiding treatment. Finally, we will turn to case material to illustrate and discuss the critical components of treating OCD from a Cognitive Behavioral perspective.

Three Learning Objectives (bearing in mind take-home applicability for participants’ practices):

  1. Participants will be able to identify the key aspects of the Cognitive Behavioral model of OCD.
  2. Participants will be able to apply the CBT model to clinical cases, and formulate a CBT conceptualization of treatment.
  3. Participants will be able to integrate more recent treatment approaches, such a mindfulness and acceptance-based models, into case conceptualizations of OCD.

Dr. Julie Lewis earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from New Year University. She currently has a private practice with a speciality in treating Anxiety Disorders, and works with kids, teens, and adults. Prior to opening her practice, Dr. Lewis worked at the Ross Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, a group practice in Washington, D.C. Dr. Lewis had also previously been on the faculty of Children’s National Medical Center, where she conducted clinical work and psychological evaluations for the HALP (Hyperactivity, Attention, and Learning) Program. Dr. Lewis has presented on the topic of anxiety and kids to multiple local elementary, middle and high schools, where she was invited to talk with both parents and teachers about how to help anxious kids in the school setting.

Kathy HoganBruen, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in Washington, DC, specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders in teens and adults, particularly focusing on obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder, body-focused repetitive behaviors, health anxiety, panic disorder, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder. In addition to individual therapy, she runs a CBT group for adults with social anxiety. Dr. HoganBruen completed her PhD and MA in clinical psychology at DePaul University in Chicago, a MA in Public Policy at The University of Chicago, and a Clinical Residency at Yale University. She currently works at the Ross Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, and is an Adjunct Faculty at The George Washington University and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (DC campus).

Treat or Teach: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on the Tasks of Supervision

Richard C. Fritsch, PhD, ABPP
Friday, March 17, 2017   11:30am-2:30pm

This seminar will explore the supervisory process from a psychoanalytic perspective. It will compare and contrast two approaches which will illuminate the tension between “treat” and “teach” attitudes in the supervisor. The understanding of the basic data of supervision and the relational complications that arise in the inevitable tensions between supervisor and supervisee will be explored. Some clinical data from supervisory sessions from the presenter and from the audience, both as supervisors and supervisees, will be discussed to illuminate what makes for good supervision.

Learning Objectives: (bearing in mind take-home applicability for participants’ practices):
1. Participants will be able to describe the strengths and weaknesses of the “teach” and “treat” models.
2. Participants will be able to identify elements in a supervisory hour that signal the need for the supervisor’s attention to the presence of a possible parallel process.
3. Participants will be able to list the differences between supervision for training purposes that has an evaluation component and post-training peer supervision/consultation

Dr. Richard Fritsch earned a Ph.D. from The George Washington University and is a graduate of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. He has a private practice of psychoanalysis and clinical psychology in Washington DC and is currently Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences and a Supervising and Training Analyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. He was formerly Director of the Adolescent and Child Division of Chestnut Lodge Hospital and Director of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. Richard is certified in psychoanalysis by the American Psychoanalytic Association and the American Board of Professional Psychology and is the author or co-author of over twenty published papers and numerous presentations. Included among his clinical and research interests are psychoanalysis, developmental approaches to clinical training, supervision, adolescence, and outcome of treatment. He is a member of ApsaA’s Committee on Psychoanalytic Education (COPE) Study group on Supervision.

Triumph Over Trauma

Cynthia Margolies, PhD
Friday, April 28, 2017   11:30am-2:30pm

Trauma survivors struggle with shame at their helplessness in the face of trauma. Pierre Janet spoke of acts of triumph as essential to healing traumatic memories. Therapists can facilitate a process of triumphant re-imagining of memories with their clients, encouraging spontaneous visualizations of what needed to happen. Patients are often surprised at how powerful this is. The experience of therapy for patient and therapist becomes more playful (cf. Winnicott). Both can take pleasure in witnessing the client’s creativity, empowerment and resulting relief, pride and hope. Recent neurobiological findings will be presented which help explain how transformative imagery can facilitate clinical breakthroughs. Case examples will illustrate.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to explain how imagery can activate a client’s unconscious internal resources and facilitate a creative healing process.
2. Participants will be able to apply a method to guide clients in creating images of personal triumph as antidotes to trauma memories.
3. Participants will be able to explain to clients how the use of imagery can rewire their brains.

Cynthia Margolies. Ph.D. is trained as both a psychoanalyst and trauma therapist. A graduate of the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, she is also trained in EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Ego State Therapy, Imagery and Mindfulness. She specializes in the integration of innovative mind/body methods into psychodynamic therapy. As a faculty member of the Center for Healing and Imagery, she teaches workshops on Trauma Treatment: What Works and Why, and Practical Neuroscience for Therapists. She teaches ongoing seminars on trauma treatment, and supervises therapists. She has also presented on these topics for 15 years and taught at the Washington School of Psychiatry, ICP&P, and other institutions.