Study Groups

2016-2018 Study Group Cycle is about to begin!

The next two-year cycle for study groups will begin in September 2016. Sign up forms for the new cycle will be mailed with membership renewals in July.

Study groups run for two years. The next cycle runs from September 2016 to June 2018. Current and new members not presently in a study group or wishing to change groups can indicate their preferences and will be assigned as space permits.

Below is the complete listing of study group offerings for the current two year cycle (2016-2018).  If you have questions you wish to discuss about a particular group, feel free to contact the group leader or the Coordinator of Study Groups,   Etta Sandler.  Some study groups are offering CE credits; this will be indicated at the end of the description of the group, along with the link to the learning objectives.

The normal sign up process at the beginning of each cycle is as follows:

  • Current study group members will have the opportunity to re-register in a group before enrollment is opened up to the rest of the membership.  Existing members are given an enrollment period to enroll in their current group before other members will be accepted into the group.
  • It is important to sign up even if you wish to remain in your current study group.  It is up to each member, and not the study group facilitator, to sign up for the new group cycle.
  • There are two ways to sign up for study groups.  Method one will use Survey Monkey.  At the beginning of each cycle, the administrator will send out an email to the membership with a link to Survey Monkey.  After clicking on the link, you will be asked to list your name and your first, second and third choice of study group and whether you are currently a member of your first choice group.  You will also have the opportunity to indicate if you wish to participate in a second study group if space permits.  You can also use the study group request form and mail it to ICP+P, 4601 Connecticut Av., NW Suite 8, Washington, DC 20008.  Mailed forms received before Survey Monkey enrollment begins will be considered as received on day one of registration.  Please, no phone calls to register.

Title – Affect and Self-Regulation Study Group 
Leader – Richard A. Chefetz, MD 
Time – 7:30 pm on the first Monday of the month
Location – Washington DC

The overarching frame of reference for this year of study is to deepen our understanding of what has been called the severe neuroses and typically involves the treatment of borderline and dissociative phenomena. We will explore the extent to which an unconscious need to regulate intense affectivity and maintain a sense of self during periods of experiencing severe impingement, attacks on being, play an active role in these clinical categories. There will be seven sessions, one for each chapter in our reference work (Wurmser, L. (2000), The power of the inner judge:Psychodynamic treatment of the severe neuroses, Northvale, New Jersey: Jason Aronson.).

CE credits are available for full attendance. Learning objectives

Title – Aging and Mortality
Leaders – Judy Marx, PhD and Richard Ogden, PhD
Time – 3rd Friday of every month from 2:30-4:00 pm
Location – 4400 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814

The focus of the group will be the aging process and treatment of older adults. We will be reading books that discuss clinical phenomena and therapeutic approaches as well as fictionalized accounts and other literary works about the aging process. Group discussions will be informed by members’ work with older adults and their ways of dealing (or not) with their own aging and mortality.

CE credits are available for full attendance. Learning objectives


Title –  Child, Adolescent, and Family Therapy Study Group
Leaders –  Martha Blechar Gibbons, PhD, APRN, BC, and Deborah Marks, MSW
Time – 1st Tuesday of every month from 9:30-11:00 am
Location –  Rockville, MD

This study group welcomes clinicians who are interested in exploring different treatment approaches in working with children, adolescents and their families.  Participants identify and discuss topic-related cases and readings, and share the pleasures and challenges experienced in address this population. Current resources related to treatment are acknowledged and reviewed.

Title – Contemporary Relational Study Group 
Leader – David Wyner, LCSW
Time – 2nd Friday of every month from 1:00–2:30 pm
Location – 22821 Ridge Road, Germantown, MD 

This study group is for those interested in learning more about contemporary relational theory and technique.  We will be reading Doris Brothers book, Toward a Psychology of Uncertainty: Trauma Centered Psychoanalysis. Other readings will be chosen by the group with an emphasis on contemporary relational thinking and practice. Clinical material will always be at the core of our discussions and participants are encouraged to bring in case material. New members are welcome.

Title – Couples
Leaders – Peggy Miller, LICSW and Sharon Ballard. LCSW-C
Time – 1st Friday of every month from 1:10-2:40 pm
Location – 3000 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 214, Washington, DC 20008

The challenges of working with couples will be explored through readings that draw from self psychology, attachment theory, intersubjectivity and relational theories, neuroscience, as well as clinical discussion. Topics will include working with oppositional couples, countertransference dilemmas, sexual issues, infidelity, loss and blended families. Additional topics will be determined by the interests of group participants.  Group members should be actively working with couples.

CE credits available for full attendance. Learning objectives


Title – Couples Study Group
Leader – Melinda Salzman, MSW
Time – 2nd Friday of every month from 10:30 am-Noon
Location – ICP+P Office, 4601 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 8, Washington, DC  20008

This study group welcomes clinicians who are interested in exploring books and articles on marital therapy and related topics, including trust, sexuality, illness, and aging.  We will expand on this material with case discussion.

NEW group

Title – Creative Writing Study Group
Leader – Jeffrey Jay, PhD
Time – First Thursday evening of each month from 7:30-9:00 pm
Location – Bethesda, MD

This new study group will focus on creative writing with a primary focus on fiction (prose, poetry, plays and screen-plays) although non-fiction could be incorporated if a group member wishes to include it. The group’s purpose is to provide an opportunity for feed back, encouragement and support in writing fiction. Members will take turns reading and responding to our own writing with the encouragement to return with revisions to reach a final product. There are no requirements to join other than the intention to produce written work, to openly share with the group, and to responsibly respond to the writing that others provide. The advantage of a writing group within ICP+P is to bring together personal creativity to the rich psychological perspective we enjoy in our profession.


Title – Developmental Studies and All Things Clinical
Leader – Joseph Lichtenberg, MD
Time – Tentative for the 3rd Monday of every month at 8:00 pm and is open to consideration
Location – 6256 Clearwood Road, Bethesda, MD 20817

Contact Joe Lichtenberg for more information @


Title – Early Career Professional’s Study Group
Leader – Roger Segalla, PhD, ICP+P Director Emeritus
Time – Last Wednesday of the month starting September 28th from 11:45 am-1:00 pm
Location – 4809 St. Elmo Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland 20814

The Early Career Professional’s Study Group will be for ICP+P members who are in the early years of their professional careers. This group will discuss issues such as: developing a professional identity, setting up a private practice, practice guidelines, creating a theoretical perspective(s), setting fees, dealing with insurance (or not), etc. We will also be reading and discussing a series of introductory, foundational, articles from Self Psychology and the Relational Perspectives. Space limitations mean that the group will be restricted to (7) seven members in the early years (1-5) of their professional practice.

Title – Experiential and Theoretical Investigation into the Creative Process
Leader – Katherine Williams, PhD, ATR-BC
Time – 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7:30-9:00 pm
Location – 3715 Alton Place, NW, Washington, DC 20016

Our group views creativity as a capacity that is integral to being human, although the ability to express that creativity may be developed to differing degrees. Our readings have built up a body of thinking about creativity that draws on classical, self psychological, and relational theories. The group shares some responsibility for suggesting topics and readings related to these issues, and collaborates in inviting researchers and artists to join us to discuss their process.

CE credits are available for full attendance. Learning objectives



Title – Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy  (ISTDP) Study Group
Leader – Margo Silberstein, EdD
Time – 2nd  Friday of the month from 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Location – 3511 39th Street,NW, Washington, DC 20016

This group will consider the perspective of Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy and how it may be applied to our clinical cases across the spectrum of psychodiagnoses. With roots in classical psychoanalytic theory and ego psychology, ISTDP offers a theoretical frame as well as techniques for dealing with anxiety, defense and resistance that help to create a robust alliance for growth. This perspective incorporates current findings in neuroscience, attachment theory and a body centered experiential focus that explicitly encourages mentalization. Using Jon Fredericksons’s Co-Creating Change: Effective Dynamic Therapy Techniques as a framework for our inquiry, we will discuss case material, observe videotapes of psychotherapy sessions and use role playing to discover new ways approach common clinical impasses.

CE credits are available for full attendance. Learning objectives

Title – Intersubjectivity Study Group
Leader – Janet Dante, MSW
Time – 3rd Friday of the month from 10:00-11:30 am, September-June
Location – Summerset Apartments on Wisconsin Ave. in Chevy Chase (new location, free parking)

The focus of this study group is deepening our capacity to work and think intersubjectively with our patients. The book we will read for this year is: Understanding and Treating Chronic Shame, a Relational / Neurobiological Approach by Patricia DeYoung (2015). We generally read one chapter a month. We discuss the concepts from the chapter and bring in our experiences in the therapy room, both with our patients, and sometimes with our own therapists.

Title – Mindfulness & Psychotherapy
Leader – William Harman, PhD
Time – 1st Monday of each month from 6:35-8:05pm
Location – 2701 Connecticut Ave., NW, # 606, Washington, DC  20008 (Woodley Park/Zoo Metro)

A study group for clinicians interested in deepening their meditation practice and ability to integrate mindfulness strategies and Buddhist Psychology tenets into their psychotherapy practices. All psychotherapy orientations are welcome as there are many levels of integration, from just using mindfulness skills to deepen your self awareness, listening and attunement abilities to using guided meditations with patients for specific clinical benefits. Although primarily a study group, experiential exercises together and how to apply what we’re learning to case material may also be emphasized. This group is intended for those with intermediate mindfulness meditation experience. A second group for beginners may also form if sufficient interest is expressed.


Title – Pre-Institute Study Group
Leaders – Wendy Berns
Time – First Monday of the month from 7:45-9:15 pm
Location – 4777 N. 25th Street, Arlington, VA

Space is still available in a study group focused on pre-readings for the four conferences of the upcoming 2016 Institute, Embodying the Unspoken Self: Attachment, Trauma, Neurobiology and the Body.


Title – Psychodynamic Readings of Literary Fiction
Leader – Deborah Curry, PsyD
Time – 3rd Friday of the Month from 12:30-2:00 pm
Location – Deborah’s office:  5480 Wisconsin Avenue, Ste 216, Chevy Chase MD 20815

We will read and discuss, from a psychodynamic perspective, novels that are nuanced and complex. Most will be Pulitzer prize winning works of literary fiction. Discussion will focus on clinical themes, interpersonal and self esteem maintenance strategies, defenses and preoccupations that are illuminated by the texts as well as our patient cases evoked by the them. Proposed books include Interpreter of Maladies, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, The Buried Giant, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The Moor’s Account, Someone, and Middlesex. At our first meeting, we will collaboratively finalize the meeting format and choice of books to be read for 2016-2017.


Title – Reading Plays to Better Understand the Human Condition
Leader – Lee Futrovsky, PhD
Time – 1st Friday of the month from 2:00-3:30 pm
Location – 5454 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1215, Chevy Chase, MD  20815 (Friendship Heights Metro) 

This study group is for those  who find the theater illuminating of the human condition. We will choose plays, assign parts and read.  We will use both the dramatic material and the experience of  “being another” to deepen our understanding of human  nature, both intrapsychic and interpersonal.  Relating all that we experience while  in character to our clinical work will be  encouraged.

Title – Self Psychology and Selected Readings in Contemporary Theory
Leader – Mary Jean Kane, MSW
Time – 1st Thursday of the Month from 6:45-8:15 pm
Location – ICP+P Office, 4601 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008

In this study group, we will explore contemporary self psychology, as well as readings from other contemporary theories including intersubjectivity, relational theory, and mind-body paradigms. We will use this material to help us think about our own clinical work. Participants are encouraged to bring in case material which spontaneously comes to mind from the readings.

Title – Sexuality in Psychotherapy
Leaders – Faith Lewis, MSW and Tripp Reed, MSW
Time -Second Monday of each month from 8:00-9:30 pm
Location – 4511 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011

Topics range from gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual desire, sexual abuse and trauma, with readings in all of these categories. These readings have stimulated deep discussion of the sexual aspects of our own cases. We have encouraged members to express their personal reactions and professional insights into this sexual dimension: both in terms of clients’ manifest sexual issues and in terms of the deeper transferential/relational moments. If this piques your interest, don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to participate!

Title – The Reading of Novels and Memoirs Through the Lens of a Psychotherapist
Leader – Gail Winston, LICSW
Time – 3rd Friday of the Month from 2:00-3:30 pm
Location – Gail’s office:  4601 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 3, Washington, DC 20008

Our group will be reading both fiction and non-fiction material that brings to light issues, emotions and relationships we deal with when working with our patients.  Our discussion will be informed by the additional reading of Bessel Van der Kolk’s  book, The Body Keeps The Score.  Some of the books read in the past year were Americanah; Wave; Creatures of A Day; The Lowland; Medicine Walk; On The Move; She’s Not There:  A Life in Two Genders; and Making Things Better.  We will choose the books to be read for 2016-2017 in June, including our summer read.  CE credit pending.



Title – The Science, Art, and Application of Psychotherapy Integration
Leaders – Stephen R. Stein, PhD and Oksana Zadoro, LICSW
Time – 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Location – 3000 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 327, Washington, DC 20008

This study group will focus upon the convergence of selected components of theory and practice that serve to enhance and intensify the therapeutic encounter. The central role of the integration of contemporary psychodynamic approaches, affective and social neural science and mind/body principles will be explored. A didactic and experiential format will be employed to facilitate the application of this model to clinical practice. An interview with a leader is required before joining the group.

CE credits are available for full attendance. Learning objectives

Title – Trauma and the Body
Leader – Alexandra Kaghan, LCSW
Time – 3rd Friday of the month from 3:00-4:30 pm
Location – Vienna, Virginia

The purpose of this group is to deepen our understanding of how trauma impacts the body and the mind.   Relying on our strong foundation in self and relational psychotherapy, we are studying how we can incorporate somatic interventions in our work with patients.  We have read Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy by Pat Ogden et al.  We are currently reading The Body Keeps the Score:  Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk as well as discussing cases from our practices.


Continuing education credit: ­ 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 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 CE credits for attending conferences. 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.

* The study group facilitators and planners 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 presenter has 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.