This course was offered on December 2, 2011

Instructors: Jean Gearon, PhD, and Stephen R. Stein, PhD

Maximum enrollment: 12

Brief Summary: This short course will review and discuss the impact of psychological trauma on the brain and how different memory systems (implicit and explicit) respond to and process traumatic events. During this seminar, participants will learn how an integrated model can help facilitate recovery from traumatic events by utilizing neuro-plasticity and limbic revision to decrease the classic intrusive and arousal symptoms of PTSD, create a new healing narrative and promote greater emotional equilibrium. The importance of the intersubjective experience with the therapist in healing will be outlined as well as how guided imagery can contribute to developing and maintaining the therapeutic alliance.

Learning Objectives   At the end of this seminar participants will be able to:

  1. Outline how traumatic experiences, including prolonged relational trauma, impact the brain and its functioning.
  2. Discuss how trauma is encoded and stored in different memory systems and the implications of these specific memory-encoding processes on the intra- and intersubjective functioning of the individual.
  3. Explain specifically how the integration of a relational psychotherapy model and guided imagery helps to heal trauma.


Fill out the registration form and mail it with a check payable to ICP&P at 4601 Conn. Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008

Fees: ICP&P Member $60.00, Non Member $90.00

Continuing Education: 3.0 CE credits for full attendance

The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy & 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 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 and the approved standards for marriage & family therapists. Attendees from the above professional groups will earn 3.0 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 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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

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