2017 Scientific Day

Elizabeth M. Carr, APRN, MSN, BC

Have Compassion for Everyone You Meet: Music as a Medium of Relational Intimacy

 Thomas Hoffman, M.D.

The Psychodynamics of Performance Anxiety: Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder

 Jeffrey Jay, Ph.D.

Whatever Happened To The Moral Dimensions of Psychological Trauma?

Saturday, January 28, 2017            Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza
Registration: 8:30-9am                      One Veterans Place
Program: 9:00am-12:30pm               Silver Spring, MD 20910

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Although the topics of the three presentations are unrelated, at the same time each presenter will help us think about how we decide what we do as therapists, and what we choose to bring into the therapy room when we are with our patients. We will think about relational intimacy, and how knowing and being known sometimes takes more than just words. We will think about empathy, and when a self psychological approach might or might not be useful for a patient with performance anxiety. And we will think about working with trauma victims, and the idea that including the moral dimension could provide a more hopeful outcome.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how music can be used to share a patient’s inner world, foster mutual recognition and help the clinical pair recover from interpersonal conflicts and disruptions.
  2. Discuss the multi-determined genesis of Performance Anxiety and why psychodynamic therapy, including treatment using a self-psychology perspective, may be indicated.
  3. Describe how moral dimensions of trauma, including a sense of moral responsibility, may contribute to PTSD and may change the patient’s response to trauma.

This conference is appropriate for clinicians at all levels of experience and
offers 3 CE credits.

About our Presenters:

Elizabeth Carr, APRN, MSN, BC, ICP+P Founding Member and Director Emeritus, is a faculty member of the ICP+P Psychoanalytic Training Program and the CAPP Training Program, as well as serving on the governing council of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP). She is Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Inquiry and has a private practice seeing individuals, couples, and families in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MD.

Thomas Hoffman, M.D., obtained his degree from the University of Pittsburgh School Medicine and completed a Residency in Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Hoffman graduated from the Baltimore-Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis and is certified in adult psychoanalysis by the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is the Founder of PScience Associates and Co-Chair of the Committee on Corporate and Organizational Consultants of the APsaA and is in private practice in Bethesda.

Jeffrey Jay, Ph.D. has focused on psychological trauma since 1971. Dr. Jay established one of the first independent programs in the country for Vietnam Veterans and has treated survivors of the Holocaust and victims of crime, rape, and terror. Dr. Jay was educated at Amherst College and Duke University and received a Post-Doctoral Research and Clinical Fellowship from NIAAA. Dr. Jay served on the Clinical Faculty of the GW Medical School from 1979 to 2009 and has a private practice for individuals and couples.

CE Credit is granted to participants with documented attendance at individual workshops and completed evaluation forms for those sessions. Credit will not be granted to registrants who are more than 15 minutes late or depart more than 15 minutes early from a session.

Continuing education credit: ­ 3 CE credits available for full attendance. The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP+P) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ICP+P maintains responsibility for this program and its content. ICP+P is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education credit. Because ICP+P has approval from the Maryland Board, CE credit hours awarded by ICP+P may also be claimed by social workers licensed in Virginia and the District of Columbia. These continuing education credits meet the ANCC approval standards for nurses and the approved standards for marriage and family therapists. Attendees from the above professional groups will earn 3 CE credits for attending the conference. Full attendance is required to receive the designated CE credit. ICP+P is accredited by MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ICP+P designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Registration and fees

Free for ICP+P Members
$90 for Non-members
$35 for Unaffiliated Students

If you wish to attend and are in need of disability accommodations, please contact us by January 15, at administrator@icpeast.org.

Register online and pay by credit card at Eventbrite.

Online registration has ended, but there will be on site/walk in registration on Saturday morning.

Register by mail and pay with a check by sending this flier to:
4601 Connecticut Ave., NW
Suite 8
Washington, DC 20008

  • Elizabeth M. Carr, APRN, MSN, BC, Thomas Hoffman, M.D., Jeffrey Jay, Ph.D. and the planners have informed us that they do not have a conflict of interest and have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationship with any commercial interests pertaining to this educational activity. Additionally, the presenters have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during this presentation. This presentation will not contain any references to off­label (non­FDA approved) use of products or devices.

Did You Know?

Martha Blechar Gibbons, PhD, APRN, BC

Martha Gibbons

There are musicians in our midst! I have known Ruth Simon for years, but recently discovered something that I did not know. Last month in the Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy study group I learned that she plays the flute! Since my purpose in writing this column is to share what we do with our lives besides engaging in the professions we have chosen, I became more attuned, and asked Ruth to elaborate.

“I have played the flute for close to 60 years through school, college, and after. I’ve enjoyed small groups of duets, trios and quartets with friends. When I developed a vision problem I thought my fluting days were over but the director of music at our temple re-wrote some of the music and printed it with large notes on big pieces of paper. It was so uplifting for me to be able to continue this outlet. I now play about twice a month for services at our temple and for the High Holidays. I accompany the choir and sometimes have small solos. I often grumble about practicing and worry about how I will sound on a certain day. But, when I’m playing and it is meshing with the choir, I am filled with a sense of peace and contentment. “

Ruth told me about other members that I know who are musicians, and my curiosity intensified. I wondered, are there even more? I decided to send a message to the membership asking for musicians to make themselves known!

Among those who responded was Maggie Baker, a member who resides in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. She shared, “I sing in my church choir at the Church of the Redeemer, in a smaller group called The Healing Presence Singers, and in an a capella group called Cantores. I also play the cello but have been so busy singing that it has become less of a priority.”

I have known that music is very significant to Melinda Salzman, and she confirmed this when she responded to my query. “Singing entered my life some years ago, as my children were launching into college. Thinking we might enjoy it as a shared activity, my husband and I joined our synagogue’s choir, which sings during the High Holidays. Neither of us had a trained voice, but we each had a music background, mine in piano and cello. St. Augustine said, “He who sings prays twice,” and he was right. Singing has proven to be a deeply spiritual way to observe these holidays. Plus, it’s fun–we enjoy the rehearsals and the sense of “belonging.” Since then we’ve sung with other groups, including the Takoma Park Singers. Now I’m singing challenging repertory with the Capitol Hill Chorale, including pieces in German, Latin (who knew?) and “church Russian.” Perhaps you’ll come to hear our December concert!”

Monica Callahan encourages others to experience what she has found. “Singing every week with the Georgetown Chorale is the best way I know to “change the channel,” relieve the stress of this work, and share harmonious (and not so harmonious) sound moments with a group of people. And it helps to have a fabulous conductor, Richard Giarusso–a singer, a scholar, and a genuinely nice guy who, in a group of 85, knows everybody’s name! FYI, our next concert is December 10 at 3, featuring classical and more popular holiday music. Come join us!”

Also a member of the Georgetown Chorale, Margo Silberstein comments on what she gains from her involvement, and offers more information about the group. “One of the wonderful things about singing is that it engages the right brain and the whole body in such a way that my left brain troubles, self-judgments and criticisms are forgotten in a flash. Singing stimulates oxytocin. And harmonizing with others and singing Bach and Handel can’t be beat.”

Here is the information for the Winter concert for 2016:

Winter Concert: The Season of Light
Saturday, December 10, 2016
3 p.m.
First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G Street, NW
Washington, DC

Tickets available now!

The winter program this year promises to be one of the most unique concerts of the holiday season. In the first half of the program, we will perform excerpts from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio alongside portions of Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus. Handel’s oratorio tells the story of Hanukkah, and the interweaving of movements from these two masterworks offers a fascinating juxtaposition of the characteristic styles of the two greatest masters of the high Baroque. At the same time, the texts speak to the imagery of light, joy, and peace common to both Hanukkah and Christmas. The second half of the program features American composer Daniel Pinkham’s festive Christmas Cantata, in the arrangement for brass quartet and organ.

Those who know Tybe Diamond acknowledge her enthusiasm for…just about everything! It did not surprise me to find her spirited message in my e-mail. “I studied piano for 10 years, classical, popular, jazz with difficulty. I sing my heart out to Yiddish songs while playing piano and with popular music and show tunes.”

Dane Frost, currently an MIT in the Psychoanalytic Training Program, responded saying, “I am a guitarist and singer, having played since I was young.”

When I visited Jonathan Lebolt in his office in Silver Spring on a snowy day last winter, I noted that there was a keyboard in a corner, yet our animated discussion did not include an explanation for this addition. Recently he informed me, “I am a pianist and singer. I played piano at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and The Monster piano bar and sang in the choir at Metropolitan Community Church in New York. In Richmond, I played at Art6 gallery, Metropolitan Community Church (where I sang in the choir) and Congregation Or Ami. I also sang in musicals at the Jewish Community Center. Currently, I sing with Shir Shalom at Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase. I also enjoy playing piano for myself, my husband Robin, and our dog Cocoa in our home in Greenbelt.”

Not only does he sing and play guitar and piano, but Michael Williams has composed over 50 songs. “I’ve written songs about different aspects of life, children’s songs, and some social work songs.” Michael shared a piece he wrote and recorded years ago, and I feel very fortunate to have been able to witness his talent!

You may recall that a few years ago I interviewed David Wyner for this column, and at that time he shared that for him, music fulfills a “very deep love and need.” His recent response to my message seeking musicians was, “Yes, I admit it. I was trained as a musician in a previous life and still play the piano (classical) regularly.”

John Paddock reveals, “Years ago, I played boogie piano and rhythm guitar in a band, Cirrhosis Gross and the Schizophonics. My chief love: attempting to imitate Commander Cody on the keys and Keef (Keith Richards) on guitar. And, when it came time to imitate Peter (“Blow Your Face Out”) Wolf of the J. Geils Band, I shouted out the most raucous of the blues songs: I know, it’s only rock ’n roll, but I like it, like it, yes I do.”

I was delighted to receive a response from Tom Holman, who shared something that I definitely did not know about him. “I play the saxophone, mostly classical, but also some jazz.”

Finally, I will share that years ago, accompanied by my beloved friend Diana, I played guitar and sang at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church. When Diana died, the weight of my grief seemed to stifle my voice and my instrument. I am gradually reclaiming both.

JICC 20th Annual Conference

Joint Institutes Candidates’ Committee

20th Annual Conference 

Sunday, November 20, 2016, 3:00 pm to 6:00 PM

Rockville Hilton Hotel 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852

 “Analytic Listening from Multiple Perspectives”

 This program is for Washington, D.C. area mental health students and providers who are interested in further developing their listening skills and for anyone considering analytic training.

 Experienced psychoanalysts Elizabeth Carr, APRN, MSN, BC; Yvonne De Cuir, PhD, Shelley Rockwell, PhD; and David Scharff, MD who are members of four different psychoanalytic training institutes in the D.C. Metropolitan area will discuss their own perspectives on a case presented by Michele Reed, MSW, a candidate who is training at one of the institutes. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute to the moderated discussion.

Through this Workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Compare multiple perspectives taken on one analytic case.

2. Clarify and reconsider their current theoretical belief systems by comparing them to the multiple perspectives presented.

3. Describe how to apply at least one practice modification to enhance their clinical listening ability.

 2.5 CME/CE Credits Available


$50 per person ($55 on-site) Students/Candidates/Residents: $25 ($30 on-site)

Seating is limited; pre-registration strongly encouraged.

Registration and Additional Information Online at


Click notice on home page.

 Or, send check to: Roberta Sorensen, WCP, 2120 L Street, NW, Suite 600-1, Washington, DC 20037

and clearly write “JICC” on the memo.

Continuing Medical Education:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The American Psychoanalytic Association (APsA) and the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. The APsA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APsA designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity.

Continuing Education – Psychology

The Washington Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

Continuing Education – Social Work

The programs of the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis meet the criteria for continuing education as defined by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners, District of Columbia and Virginia Boards of Social Work, and the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work. The Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. designates this program as a continuing education activity for social work for 1 credit hour per activity hour.

Continuing Education – Licensed Professional Counselors

The Washington Center for Psychoanalysis continuing education credits meet the criteria and may be submitted for re-licensure of LPCs in Maryland, DC, and Virginia.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.