with Shelley Doctors, PhD and Jacqueline Gotthold, PsyD

Shelley Doctors

Shelley Doctors, PhD

Jacqueline Gotthold, PsyD


Saturday, December 5, 2015
Registration: 8:30-9am
Program: 9am-12:30pm

National 4-H Conference Center
7100 Connecticut Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815


Jackie Gotthold, PsyD and Shelley Doctors, PhD find that treatment is more effective when elements of spontaneity, openness and authenticity emerge. In their talks they will address the developmental conceptualizations that may help clinicians to make such therapeutically successful connections with patients. The discussion following their presentations will highlight how Gotthold and Doctors are speaking of the challenge all of us face in striving for greater authenticity in the therapy session while still maintaining a disciplined clinical/theoretical stance: spontaneity does not equal wildness.

While this program focuses on the adolescent population, clinicians who treat adults can benefit equally: openness to interaction is also a fundamental building block for engagement with adults.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize the concept of “conflict” in adolescence, including the dimensions of separation, attachment, cognition, reflective thinking and social integration.
  2. Apply the contemporary psychoanalytic approach in a discussion of case material, demonstrating consideration of the adolescent’s and the analyst’s relational ”conflicts.”
  3. Explain the benefits of an expansive and integrative contemporary psychoanalytic approach to adolescent treatment, including a respect for developmental tasks of adolescence such as the dawning of reflective thinking and the expansion of the adolescent’s relational world.
  4. Articulate ways to effectively and responsibly nurture therapeutic spontaneity, openness, and authenticity in one’s practice.

This conference is appropriate for clinicians at all levels of experience.

More about our Speakers:

The papers to be discussed are Gotthold’s, “Treating Adolescents and Conflict: Theirs or Ours” and Doctors’, “On Gotthold’s Case of Luke and the Adolescent Developmental Process.”

Shelley Doctors, PhD is a faculty member and Supervising Analyst at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, and the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is currently President of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. Previously, she served 12 years as Secretary of the International Society for Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology. Additionally, she was a member of the original Advisory Board of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, and is currently on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. Her more than 40 book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles focus on self psychology, intersubjectivity, and adolescence.

Jackie Gotthold, PhD is a faculty member and supervisor and training analyst at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity. Additionally, she is a faculty member and supervisor for the National Institute for the Psychotherapies and the Minnesota Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Jackie is a member of the International Council for the Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology; a board member of APA Division 39, Section II (for Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis); and has been a member of IARPP’s child and adolescent initiative. She has presented and published numerous articles addressing clinical and theoretical topics in work with children, adolescents and adults.

Continuing education credit

3 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 3 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 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

*Shelley Doctors, PhD, Jacqueline Gotthold, PsyD, Jen Sermoneta, PsyD, Maxine Arnsdorf, PhD, Dawn Taylor, MSW 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 off­label (non­FDA approved) use of products or devices.

$60 for ICP+P Members
$90 for Non-members
$35 for MITs and Unaffiliated Students