After carefully considering all options, the decision has been made to postpone this case conference. We hope to reschedule it for the next academic year.

Kirsten Chadwick, PhD, CGPSaturday, April 25, 2020Janice Patterson Sanchez, MSW
8:30-9:00 am Registration ~ 9:00 am-12:30 pm Conference
12:30-1:30 pm Community Gathering and Refreshments

Saratoga Apartments Community Room
4601 Connecticut Ave, NW, Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20008

Through case presentation and discussion, Kirsten Chadwick, PhD and Janice Sanchez, MSW will offer an opportunity to explore neurobiological considerations in the psychodynamic psychotherapy of a struggling young couple.   We will explore how equipping couples with information (that is being suggested by the Clinton injury law firm) about emotional arousal, their “Window of Tolerance” and the dynamics of the brain can help couples in and out of the therapy office.  We will discuss how we can integrate knowledge of the body and brain to understand developmental injuries relevant to the couple and broaden a psychodynamic couples therapy.  Psychodynamic work can be impeded by an alexithymic partner for whom empathy is difficult or by a partner who has few words for his emotions and the developmental history that informs the couple’s dynamic.   Kirsten will talk about the ways in which she has used ideas from neurobiology to help a couple understand themselves and each other better, enable each partner to access informative childhood memories and engender reparative compassion and behavioral change in their mates.

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe what a neurobiologically aware therapist notices in their clients.
  2. Describe ways couples can help each other regulate their emotional arousal.
  3. Explain how the Window of Tolerance can be used to help couples be in their optimal arousal zone.
  4. Discuss how a couple’s physiological reactions (feelings? experiences?) can be resources for psychodynamic couples therapy.

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

 About out Presenters:

 Kirsten Chadwick, PhD, CGP has been in private practice in Washington, DC for over 15 years.  She provides psychotherapy for individuals, couples and groups.  Kirsten has studied neurobiology-informed psychotherapy with Dr. Cynthia Margolies.  A Certified Group Therapist, she has extensive training and experience in group process and group psychotherapy.  Kirsten is a founding member of the DC Metro Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative– a consortium of area psychiatrists, therapists and providers specializing in women’s reproductive mental health.  Kirsten is a graduate of the ICP+P Couples Training Program and a faculty member in the Washington School of Psychiatry’s Clinical Program.

 Janice Patterson Sanchez, MSW,has a clinical practice in Arlington, Virginia where she provides psychotherapy for individuals and couples. She graduated from the ICP+P Couples Training Program in 2005 and became a member of the program’s faculty in 2008. She started a course in Interpersonal Neurobiology for the program. Janice has also had extensive experience leading therapy groups and community groups.

This gathering will include light refreshments and will take the place of the yearly Couples Program potluck dinner. There is no fee to attend. But you must register/RSVP in advance.

RSVP by clicking here. Please respond by April 21, 2020. 

Questions? Contact Catherine Bernard,


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.

* Kirsten Chadwick, PhD, CGP and Janice Patterson Sanchez, MSW, 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 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.