Engagement and Development Enactment

with Donna Orange, PhD

Saturday, February 4, 2012 8:45am   6:00pm Cosmos Club
2121 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20008

The day will focus on a reconsideration of the concepts of reciprocal engagement (from intersubjective systems theory) and enactment (from relational psychoanalysis). These terms are used to describe the emotional world created by the therapist and patient as well as the reciprocal influence that occurs during the therapeutic encounter. Dr. Orange will explain her view of these concepts as developmental processes. Considering them in this manner has the advantage of helping therapists shift to a more trusting attitude toward their patients and themselves.

From the presentation by Dr. Orange, the panel discussion with Janice P. Gump, PhD and Roger J. Segalla, Jr., PhD, and the clinical case presentation with Sandra Hershberg, MD and Dr. Orange, participants will be able to:

  • Explain why enactments form an essential part of relational psychoanalytic theories.
  • Explain how enactments have a developmental function for both participants.
  • Discuss Orange’s views regarding reciprocal engagement (i.e., mutual influence in the treatment dyad) derived from intersubjective systems theory.
  • Apply contemporary self psychology theory to the presented clinical material.

Based on attendance in group discussion, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss and analyze Orange’s views regarding therapeutic engagement and enactments as developmental processes.
  • Discuss and analyze the presented clinical material from a contemporary self psychology perspective.
  • State that, “I had the opportunity to ask questions about the presented material.”

Continuing Education Credit

6.75 CE credits available for full attendance

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.


Fees: ICP&P Member $195.00, Non Member $215.00, Full-time Students $90.00

Two ways to pay:

Register by mail: fill in the registration form and make a check payable to: ICP&P and send to: 4601 Conn. Ave, NW, Suite 8, WDC 20008


Pay online by credit card through Eventbrite

For more information, please call 202-686-9300 ext. 5 or email icpeastadmin@att.net

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

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

By Metro:

Take the Red Line to Dupont Circle. Exit the station on “Q” Street, and walk 1/2 block West to 2121 Massachusetts Avenue.

Neither ICP&P nor the presenters have any relevant financial relationship with any commercial interests.