Scientific Day 2010

This program was presented on Saturday, January 23, 2010

Scientific Day 2010 featured the following presentations:

Combat and Human Existence: Toward an Intersubjective Approach to Combat- Related PTSD

Presented by Russell Carr, MD

This presentation describes the treatment in Iraq of combat-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from an intersubjective perspective. Participants will develop an understanding of issues in treating a military population and how to apply intersubjectivity theory in a short term treatment model that also has utility with non-military populations.

Addressing States of Mind: Reflections on the Clinical Consequences of Relational Therapy and the Theoretical Turn from Repression to Dissociation

Presented by Sheila M. Cahill, JD, MSW

Contemporary therapists drawn to the relational model have moved away from thinking in dynamic terms toward concepts of structural dissociation. How does this paradigm shift affect what goes on in the clinical encounter? Through this report of an ongoing long term case, participants will learn how the therapist’s observation of subtle dissociative phenomena led her to introduce the language of trauma therapy into a “stalemated” aspect of the treatment and transformed the psychic landscape for this therapist-patient team.

A Mind Avoiding Itself: What Really Happens in Dissociation?

Presented by Richard A. Chefetz, MD

The balance of associative and dissociative process to maintain psychological equilibrium in the face of overwhelming affect comes alive in this presentation. Participants will understand how to make use of the concepts of dissociative isolation, exclusion and deflection in thinking about the psychotherapeutic process.

A Brief Survey of the Economic Recession’s Impact on Therapists

Presented by Jeffrey Jay, PhD

Although the recession’s impact on the general public is widely known and reported in the news, we have had only anecdotal information on its impact on psychotherapists and the way they practice. The presentation will include a brief review of the symbolism of money. Participants will learn the results of an email survey of the ICP&P membership and discuss its implications for viewing financial issues from a relational perspective.

Continuing Education Credits

Attendees will earn 3.5 CE credits for attending the conference. Full attendance is required to receive the designated CE credit.

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.


Free for ICP&P members; $90 for Non-members; $35 for students


Register by sending your check and the registration form to: ICP&P, 4601 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 8, Washington, DC 20008

ICP&P received no financial support for this program.