Pre-conference workshop for the Annual Conference

ICP+P’s 20th Annual Conference
A Relational Psychoanalytic Approach to Couples Therapy
Pre-Conference Workshop
Empathy Actualized:   Attunement to Two Vulnerable Individuals in Couples Therapy

This event took place on Friday May 16, 2014

Date and Time: Friday, May 16, 2014 from 2:45 – 5:00pm
Location: 3551 Winfield Lane, NW, Washington, DC 20007
Theoretical Discussant: Peggy Miller, LICSW
Case Presenter: Angie Snyder, PsyD.

The pre-conference will explore how self psychological concepts can be applied to and utilized in the treatment of couples.  While it may serve as a stand-alone educational experience, it could also provide a rich adjunct for the annual conference with Phillip Ringstrom, PhD, PsyD who will discuss his relational approach to couples on Saturday, May 17 (more information and registration for the annual conference).

The pre-conference is geared towards both those clinicians who are new to couples work, as well as clinicians interested in deepening their understanding of self psychological concepts in couples work.  The pre-conference will be held in an intimate setting and provide participants the opportunity for lively exchange and exploration.  As such, enrollment is limited to 20 people.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss how the self psychological concepts of empathy, selfobject transferences, and narcissistic vulnerability can facilitate both attunement and change in couples therapy.
  2. Identify how thwarted selfobject yearnings and unmet attachment needs lie beneath partners’ demands and protests.
  3. Utilize techniques to help couples translate what’s experienced as demands or attacks into messages of needs and vulnerability.

This conference is intended for professionals at all levels of experience.

Continuing Education Credit

2.0 CE credits available for full attendance
The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy 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 2.0 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 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Peggy Miller, LICSW and Angie Snyder, PsyD have informed us that they do not have a conflict of interest and have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships 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 off-label (non-FDA-approved) use of products or devices.