22nd Annual Conference Connectedness: Intimate Moments of Therapeutic Growth

Dick Geist

Dick Geist

Featuring Richard Geist, EdD

Saturday, April 16, 2016           National 4-H Conference Center
Registration: 8:30-9am                7100 Connecticut Avenue
Program: 9am-4:30pm                Chevy Chase, MD 20815

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Sponsored by The Contemporary Approaches to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (CAPP) Program with Janna Sandmeyer, PhD, Case Presenter, and Sally Bloom-Feshbach, PhD, Discussant

Every therapeutic couple struggles to find that idiosyncratic bond that drives and holds together the treatment process and facilitates development and healthy growth. Dr. Richard Geist captures this clinical phenomenon in his construct of Connectedness, a consciously or nonconsciously felt sense of sharing and participating in another’s subjective emotional life while simultaneously experiencing another as participating in one’s own subjective life.

Dr. Geist expands Kohut’s theory that the analyst’s selfobject functions are experienced as part of the patient’s self organization and vice versa, and that this dyadic experience restores, strengthens, and buoys both the patient’s and therapist’s sense of self. Bringing Kohut’s thinking into the contemporary sphere, Dr. Geist maintains an attitude of protectiveness of the therapeutic relationship, and a deep appreciation of defenses. He challenges our capacity to open ourselves to our patients, and to allow them to take up residence in our emotional world. Using verbatim selections from a clinical hour, he will demonstrate how the mutative vitality and therapeutic action of the treatment both emerge from the Connectedness between patient and therapist.

This conference will highlight the clinical applicability of Dr. Geist’s concepts and emphasize Self Psychological and Relational approaches to clinical material.

At the conclusion of the conference, attendees will be able to:

  1. Describe how the concept of Connectedness facilitates the therapeutic process.
  2. Identify a Connectedness sensibility in clinical material.
  3. Describe the relationship between a Connectedness sensibility and Kohut’s theory of selfobject transferences.
  4. Discuss the ways in which therapists are challenged to be emotionally accessible to their patients.
  5. Articulate a self psychological approach to defenses.
  6. Describe how a protectiveness attitude facilitates emotional development in the treatment setting.

This conference is appropriate for clinicians at all levels of experience and offers 6 CE credits.

Our Presenters:

Richard Geist, EdD received his undergraduate degree and his doctorate in Psychology from Harvard University and for 30 years was Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry (Psychology), Harvard Medical School. He is a Founding Member, Faculty, Supervising Analyst, and former member of the Board of Directors of The Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. Dick is on the Executive Board of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology and is an associate editor for the International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. He has been a senior supervising psychologist at Children’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dick maintains a private practice in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in Newton, Massachusetts.

Janna Sandmeyer, PhD is the Chair of the CAPP program at ICP+P and holds a faculty appointment at the Washington School of Psychiatry, Clinical Program on Psychotherapy Practice. She maintains a private practice in Washington, DC.

Sally Bloom-Feshbach, PhD is a faculty member of the CAPP program, Adjunct Faculty Member and Supervisor at the Georgetown University Center for Psychological Services, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the George Washington University School of Medicine. She is co-editor of “The Psychology of Separation and Loss,” and has written on a range of subjects. She maintains a private practice in individual and couples psychotherapy, supervision, and parent consultation in Washington, DC.

CE Credit is granted to participants with documented attendance at individual workshops and completed evaluation forms for those sessions. Credit will not be granted to registrants who are more than 15 minutes late or depart more than 15 minutes early from a session.

Continuing education credit: ­ 6 CE credits available for full attendance. The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP+P) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ICP+P maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 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 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 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Registration and fees (lunch included)

$195 for ICP+P Members
$220 for Non-members
$100 for MITs and Students


If you wish to attend and are in need of disability accommodations, please contact us by March 31, at administrator@icpeast.org.


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Register by mail and pay with a check by sending this flier to:
ICP+P
4601 Connecticut Ave., NW
Suite 8
Washington, DC 20008

Limited scholarship opportunities are available. Contact administrator@icpeast.org for more information.
Refunds will be made, less a $30 processing fee, to participants who cancel on or before April 10, 2016.

* Richard Geist, EdD, Janna Sandmeyer, PhD, Sally Bloom-Feshbach, PhD, and Sharon Ballard, LCSW-C, LICSW have informed us that they do not have a conflict of interest and have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationship 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.