Business and Organizational Consulting Using Psychoanalytic Principles with a Self Psychology Emphasis

with Thomas Hoffman, MD

This program was offered as five sessions on Tuesdays evenings 7:30 – 9:30pm starting February 16, 2010 and continuing weekly through March 16, 2010

Location: 9419 Locust Hill Road, Bethesda, MD 20814

Cost: $200 for ICP&P members; $300 for non-members

At the conclusion of the short course, the participants will be able to:

  • Describe the psychoanalytic theories of individual and group behavior underlying psychoanalytic consulting.
  • Delineate the contributions of Freud, Klein, Bion, Ferenczi, Winnicott, and Kernberg to the understanding of group and organization behavior.
  • Explain the variety of methods and techniques comprising organizational consultation, including role analysis, executive coaching, strategy, and conflict resolution. Apply the concepts of boundary maintenance and regulation in system dynamics approaches to organizations.
  • Discuss the psychodynamics of work and organizational life, including social defenses. Apply the role of task and authority in organizational structure and executive functions.
  • Experience and apply the effects of transference and countertransference as determinants of the effectiveness of organizational consulting. Apply an understanding of the role of enactments between client and consultant in representing organizational issues
  • State and implement practical principles for setting up a consulting practice and carrying out consultation services. Differentiate between therapeutic and consultative roles in business vs. psychotherapy practice.

Thomas Hoffman, M.D is a graduate of the Baltimore Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis and is the Founder of and Principal at PScience Associates, a consulting firm focused on organizational development, strategy, group dynamics as well as executive leadership. Dr. Hoffman is the Secretary-Treasurer of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO). He is on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business where he teaches a course on “Building Teams and Developing Teamwork.”

Continuing Education

ICP&P is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ICP&P maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. ICP&P has been approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education credit. Because ICP&P has received this approval from the Maryland Board, CE credits 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. These CE credits meet the approved standards for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists in the District of Columbia. Attendees will earn 10 CE credits for attending the conference. Full attendance is required to receive the designated CE credit.


To register, fill out the registration form and mail it with your check to ICP&P, 4601 Conn. Ave., NW, Suite 8, WDC 20008.

For more information, call 202-686-9300, ext. 5

ICP&P received no financial support for this program.