ICP+P Annual Conference

Sponsored by ICP+P’s Psychoanalytic Training Program

Save Saturday, May 5, 2018 for ICP+P’s Annual Conference featuring Eric Mendelsohn, PhD

We will consider first meetings thematically, experientially and pragmatically. We will discuss how patients and psychoanalytic therapists think and feel about beginning therapy and how first meetings can be structured so as to facilitate the start of a collaborative process. The contributions of several psychoanalytic pioneers and contemporary writers will be discussed and their influence on the ideas that inform Dr. Mendelsohn’s approach will be considered. The focus throughout will be on the hopes and dreads of both patients and therapists and how these are reflected in the exchanges that mark the start of psychoanalytic therapy. The ideas contained in this presentation will be illustrated by an extended case example.

As psychoanalytic therapy is what we do, the hope is that we can build upon the ideas developed in this presentation to generate conversation about what we experience as we begin with each new patient, as well as to discuss our approaches to the pragmatics of starting therapy. Not only are the central themes of therapy previewed in early sessions, but the procedures and relational traditions that we introduce early on hold and shape the work we do.

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

  1. Describe the central psychological tasks of the patient and therapist preceding and during first meetings.
  2. Describe the tensions between the willingness to explore and challenge and the need for safety and pacing that first emerge at the start of therapy.
  3. Contrast and critically analyze the approaches to first meetings of several influential psychoanalytic writers.
  4. Design a procedural approach to first meetings and their aftermath.
  5. Develop familiarity and tolerance for the inevitable ambivalent feelings that emerge at the start of analytic therapy.
  6. Identify procedural precedents that can be established in first meetings that can facilitate a collaborative analytic process.

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



Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center

3800 Reservoir Rd, NW
Washington, DC 20057

9:00 am-4:30 pm

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 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 standards for nurses. Because these credits are approved by the American Psychological Association, marriage and family therapists licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia will receive continuing education credit. (Marriage and family therapists in other jurisdictions and licensed counselors should inquire with their local Boards regarding continuing education credit.) 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.

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