17th Annual Conference

This program was held on May 7, 2011

The 17th Annual Conference: May 7, 2011

The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Approach to Addictions
Brian Johnson, MD

with a clinical case presentation by Mary Brennan, PhD
Roger J. Segalla, PhD, Discussant

National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD
7100 Connecticut Avenue


There are two ways to register:

To register online and pay with credit card: register at EventBrite

To pay with a check, mail with the registration form found in the conference brochure

Early Registration (before April 25):
ICP&P Members $145
Non-members $170
Students $65
Late Registration (April 25 or after):
ICP&P Members $160
Non-members $185
Students $80

Conference description

Addiction is the most common 21st century neurosis. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a powerful tool in understanding and treating patients with addictions. We will review Freud’s discussion of the relationship of drive and unpleasure in the Ego and the Id, see the neurobiology of how addictive drugs take over the will, and then understand how psychoanalytic, motivational interviewing, and cognitive behavioral treatments can be used to treat the psychological and physical aspects of addictions.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Name some of the major neural centers in the drive system and state whether they are cortical or subcortical.
  2. Discuss how upper drugs cause drug craving.
  3. Discuss how downer drugs cause drug craving.
  4. Discuss the relationship between craving and drug dreams.
  5. Use a relatedness model to explain why mood disorders are so common in addictive disorders.
  6. Apply the neuropsychoanalytic model discussed by Dr. Johnson to a clinical case presentation.

Conference Schedule

8:30 am Continental Breakfast and Registration
9:00 am Welcome and Introduction
9:10 am The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Approach To Addictions: What Can It Do That Motivational Interviewing or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Cannot
10:30 am Coffee Break
11:00 am Depression & Addictions
11:50 am Discussion
12:30 pm Lunch at the 4-H Center
2:00 pm Case Presentation and Discussion
4:15 pm Conference Ends

Brian Johnson, MD is the Director of the SUNY Upstate Medical University Neuropsychoanalytic Addiction Program, and is presently a physician at Crouse Hospital, Upstate University Medical Center and Syracuse VA Hutchings Psychiatric Center. His faculty appointments include: Associate Professor of Psychiatry, State University of New York Upstate Medical University and Affiliated Research Investigator, Syracuse VA Medical Center: Center for Integrated Healthcare. He is on the editorial board of Neuro-Psychoanalysis and American Journal on Addictions. He has written and lectured extensively on addiction and substance abuse.

Mary Brennan, PhD is a psychologist in private practice in Washington, DC. She works with individual adults, couples and groups. She is a 1997 graduate of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy program of ICP&P, and the former director of the Center for Psychological Services at American University.

Roger J. Segalla, Jr. PhD is a psychologist/psychoanalyst with a private practice in Bethesda, MD and the Director of the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP&P) in Washington, DC. Dr. Segalla has served as the Director of Substance Abuse Programs for the University of Maryland at College Park where he established and ran one of this country’s first state licenced outpatient addictions treatment programs based on a university campus. In addition to serving on the faculty of both the ICP&P Psychotherapy and Psychoanalytic Training programs, he was chair of the ICP&P Psychotherapy Program from 2007 to 2009.

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 5.25 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 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)O. Physicans should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.