18th Annual Conference

The Clinical Challenge and How We Meet It: Conceptual Guidelines for What We Say and What We Do

This program was offered on April 28, 2012

Featured Speakers:
James L. Fossage, PhD and Judith Guss Teicholz, PhD

with a Panel Discussion featuring
R. Curtis Bristol, MD and Yvonne DeCuir, PhD

with a Clinical Case Presentation by Rosemary Segalla, PhD
The Cosmos Club of Washington, DC
2121 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Conference Description

This Day will offer two perspectives on the challenge of distilling an exciting array of significant advancements in Self Psychology into articulated and demonstrable clinical guidelines for what we say and do when sitting with our patients. Dr. Fosshage will speak to the complex interplay between implicit and explicit systems for therapeutic action by delineating an overarching set of conceptual guidelines. Illustrating a wide range of “curative” pathways, Dr. Teicholz will offer a set of principles that seek to strike an optimal balance between analytic rigor and immediate spontaneous engagement.

Learning Objectives:

Based on the content of this conference, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe a set of conceptual guidelines for facilitating psychoanalytically-informed treatment.
  2. Explain the two fundamental processes that create therapeutic change as described by Fosshage.
  3. Discuss how the original concepts of self psychology have changed in the 40 years since the theory’s inception.
  4. Discuss several 21st century concepts in psychoanalysis and explain how they have influenced the further evolution of self psychology.
  5. Apply contemporary self psychology theory to the presented clinical material.
  6. Discuss and analyze the conceptual guidelines for what we do and say in the therapeutic encounter.
  7. Discuss and analyze the presented clinical material from a contemporary self psychology perspective.

Conference Schedule


8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45 Opening Remarks
9:00 The Clinical Challenge and How We Meet It: Conceptual Guidelines for What We Say and Do
James L. Fosshage, PhD
9:40 Clarity and Chaos
Judith Guss Teicholz, PHD
10:20 Break
10:45 Panel Discussion: R. Curtis Bristol, MD & Yvonne DeCuir, PhD
11:45 Audience Discussion
12:00 Lunch Buffet – Cosmos Club


1:30 Small Group Discussion
2:30 Break
2:45 Case Presentation
Rosemary Segalla, PhD, James Fosshage, PhD and Judith Guss Teicholz, PhD
3:45 Audience Discussion
4:00 Break
4:15 Small Group Discussion and Integration
5:35 Plenary Discussion
6:00 Conference ends

Dress Code

The dress code for the Cosmos Club requires all men to wear suit jackets and ties in public areas and all participants are prohibited from wearing jeans and tennis shoes. Ties and jackets can be removed inside the conference meeting rooms.


Parking at the Cosmos Club is not available. Reasonable parking is available at the Hilton Hotel, just east of the club.

Continuing Education Credit

6.75 CE credits available for full attendance
Continuing Education Credit – The Institute of Contemporary Psychology and Psychoanalysis (ICP&P) maintains responsibility for this program and its content. ICP&P is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. 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 6.75 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 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Registration Form

To pay with a check, mail the registration form to: ICP&P, 4601 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 8, WDC 20008

Or to pay by credit card, register at EventBrite


Early Bird Registration (before 4/10/12)

ICP&P Member: $195.00

Non-member: $225.00

Student: $85.00

Late Registration (after 4/10/12)

ICP&P Member: $210.00

Non-member: $240.00

Student: $100.00

To be eligible for student fee, students must present a valid ID showing current student status at an institution of higher learning.

Meal Choice: Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian

Refunds will be made, less a $30.00 processing fee, to those who cancel their registration before April 20, 2012. No refunds will be made after that date.

R. Curtis Bristol, MD, Yvonne Decuir, PhD, James L. Fossage, PhD, Judith Guss Teicholz, PhD and Rosemary Segalla, PhD have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests pertaining to this educational activity.