Please join your friends and fellow ICP+P members to hear them share their scholarly, creative and clinical work with the community. This year we’re proud to present speakers with cutting edge work. Shoshana Ringel will share her work with a patient suffering with relational trauma using telehealth as the main modality. Dana Harron will share her experience of writing and publishing a book about eating disorders. Martha Gibbons will present a moving portrayal of her internal process in the face of a loved one’s journey into end of life. Each session will have a Q & A period allowing for a collaborative process and community engagement.

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Registration: 8:30-9:00 am ~ Program: 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza
One Veterans Place ~ Silver Spring, MD 20910

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Video Communication and Transgenerational Shame in the Mother/Daughter Bond

Featuring Shoshana Ringel, PhD

Shoshana Ringel will describe a video assisted treatment with a patient who presents with a history of childhood trauma, shame, and dissociation. She will explore with participants the ways in which the absence of embodied intersubjective experiences between patient and therapist variously hinder and facilitate a deeper therapeutic process.

You Oughta Write a Book! Bringing Your Message to a Wider Community

Featuring Dana Harron, PsyD

Dana Harron will discuss the book publication process as she experienced it and will outline the steps involved in using this method to bring your message to the larger community.

The Visitor: The Challenge to Live While Dying

Featuring Martha Blechar Gibbons, PhD, APRN, BC

Terminal illness provokes not only the individual who is dying, but challenges those most affected by the impending loss as well. The hallmarks of maturation and development over the course of life – empathy, humor, transience and wisdom-are studied within the framework of a relationship that has endured forty years and is threatened by imminent expiry. The exploration examines the impact of these concepts on both the individual who will die and the one who will be left behind. Celebrating the power and possibility of life, the journey leads to a discovery of the ways in which dying is a gift to both members of the relationship.

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

  1. Discuss the pros and cons of video assisted treatment with survivors of childhood trauma.
  2. Explain the purpose, nature and components of a book proposal and the steps involved in the book publication process. Also explain how to communicate your message most effectively to the public in the book format.
  3. Describe four of the traits that Lachman identifies as the hallmarks of successful maturation and development over the course of life.

This conference is appropriate for clinicians at all levels of experience and offers 3 CEs.

About our presenters:

Shoshana Ringel, PhD is a therapist in private practice in Columbia, Maryland.  She is also an associate professor at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work, specializing in relational theory, trauma, and attachment theory.  Shoshana has over 50 publications, including books, chapters and papers, and her most recent co-edited book, Trauma: Contemporary directions in theory, research and practice, has just been published.
Dana Harron, PsyD is a practicing psychologist in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington DC.  She is the founder and director of Monarch Wellness & Psychotherapy, a boutique practice that specializes in mind/body problems such as eating disorders, anxiety, trauma, fertility issues and depression.  She just published the book, Loving someone with an eating disorder: Understanding, supporting and connecting with your partner. She is currently dividing her time between writing, speaking, clinical supervision and direct client work and is also serving as associate clinical faculty at George Washington University.
Martha Blechar Gibbons, PhD, APRN, BC is a nurse psychotherapist, nurse practitioner, qualitative researcher, educator, and author.  In her nursing career she has assumed a number of roles including Associate Professor at the University of Maryland as the Director of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program, Clinical Nurse Specialist and later Psychiatric Liaison at the National Institutes of Health, and Grief Therapist at the St. Francis Center in Washington, D.C.  Martha has received honors for her work in grief, loss and trauma and was selected as a “Visionary Nursing Leader” by the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing in 2018.  Martha has a private practice in Washington.

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Conference Fees:

FreeICP+P Members + Fellows
$30Unaffiliated Students

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Continuing education credit: 3 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. As our CE program receives oversight from a licensed social worker, the CE credits we award are highly likely to be recognized by licensing boards in Virginia and the District of Columbia. These continuing education credits meet the ANCC standards for nurses. Marriage and family therapists licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia may submit these CE credits to their licensing boards. (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 3.0 CE credits for attending the CE activity. 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.

* Shoshana Ringel, PhD, Dana Harron, PsyD, Martha Blechar Gibbons, PhD, APRN, BC and the planners 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.

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. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start time to allow time to check in.