Roger J. Segalla, Jr., PhD
These are anxious times we live in. The unprovoked, horrifying, terrorist attack in Paris which killed 130 people, and wounded 368 others, was a random attack against civilians who were simply going about their lives. These victims of brutal violence were eating out in restaurants, attending a sports event and out on the streets of a city that moments before the attack must have felt safe and predictable. Nineteen days later, in the U.S., while celebrating the upcoming holidays, 14 people were killed and 22 were seriously injured when a couple opened fire on another group of innocent civilians who were simply going about their lives, unaware that the normalcy of everyday life would be ended in violence and brutality. Obviously, these events did not just affect the people killed and wounded and their friends and families. These events affected all of us and they have reawakened a state of anxiousness that we all felt so intensely following the September 11th terrorist attacks. Along with the mass shootings that now seem, sadly, to occur on a regular basis, these terrorist attacks have brought a level of tension and anxiety to everyday life in a way that rivals the worst days and weeks of the Cold War when we all faced the daily threat of annihilation.
As therapists, the people that come to us for assistance bring with them these accumulated anxieties along their own histories of trauma, depression and existential angst associated with difficult childhoods and dysfunctional families. We therapists must take in and metabolize all these anxieties and difficult feelings while dealing with our own feelings of uncertainty about the safety of walking down the street, sitting in a restaurant or shopping in a crowded mall. The impact of all this tension and angst can take its toll on those of us who open our feelings to find the empathy so critical to successful psychological treatment. It is especially important that during these anxious times, we therapists learn to turn to each other for support and for help in processing the impact of listening and empathizing with all this anxiety. This year, I urge all of you to reach out to your fellow ICP+P members for this critical support. We are a community of mental health professionals and as such we need to rely on each other to cope with the emotional impact of these difficult times. We need to give ourselves the permission to lean on one another and find ways to protect our own mental health, even as we seek to treat the mental health of those that come to our offices for professional assistance.
With care and concern, and best wishes for a Happy New Year.
Note from the Editor
Jonathan Lebolt, PhD, DCSW, CGP
Happy New Year! This year promises to be an exciting one at ICP+P, starting with our experiential couples conference, Beyond Betryal: Couples Therapy after the Affair, in February; continuing with short courses on practice with clients who are LGBTQIA-2S and with couples; and culminating in our 22nd Annual Conference, on
Connectedness: Intimate Moments of Therapeutic Growth, with Richard Geist, EdD, in April, a quintessential topic for an institute specializing in relational (as well as self psychological) practice. And we may also look forward to the first installments of our third year-long institute, the Institute on Embodying the Unspoken Self, commencing with Beatrice Beebe on attachment in September, and Stephen Porges on polyvagal theory in December.
This will be a vital year for our newsletter, Connections, as well. We hope to feature reviews of the three books by or about our co-founder, Joe Lichtenberg, published this fall, and to continue reviews of Psychoanalytic Inquiry by the inestimable Eileen Boyle and Gwen Pla, as well as reviews of International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology by Yours Truly and a surprise new special editor!
This month’s issue of Connections features a timely and powerful letter from our director, Roger Segalla, about the need for mutual support in arduous, violent times, and a mini-preview of the annual conference from the chair of our Contemporary Approaches to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (CAPP) Program, Janna Sandmeyer.
Let 2016 be the year that you write that article you were thinking of writing for the newsletter, teach that short course, volunteer for a committee, or otherwise get more involved in our wonderful organization. And may this be a happy–and peaceful–new year for us all.
Three books by, co-written, and about our co-founder, Joe Lichtenberg, MD, were published this fall by Routledge:
- A Developmentalist’s Approach to Research, Theory, and Therapy: Selected Works of Joseph Lichtenberg.
- Enlivening the Self: The First Year, Clinical Enrichment, and The Wandering Mind (also by Frank M. Lachmann & James L. Fosshage).
- Psychoanalytic Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice: Reading Joseph D. Lichtenberg (edited by Linda Gunsberg and our Chair of Psychoanalytic Training, Sandra Hershberg, PhD).
Volunteerism is Alive & Well at ICP+P: Successor Continuing Education Chair Steps Forward
Eleanor Howe, PhD
Six years ago, Deborah Marks was ready to move on from her role as CE Chair. I was a member in my second year and was interested in learning more about the ICP+P operations. My energy to jump in came at a good time for Deborah. Now the same is happening to me.
After exactly six years, I find myself ready to pass on the reins of the CE Chair role. It has been a fulfilling volunteer job for me. The CE Committee is staffed with experienced and able members, making the committee productive and a joy. The CE tasks require an interface with each training program, conference, short course and many study groups. Thus, the role has given me an appreciation for the amount and the content of the training that ICP+P conducts. The scope of what we do is amazing.
I am thrilled to announce that Jonathan Lebolt has offered to assume the CE Chair mantle. We are fortunate that Jonathan will bring to the role not only his considerable energy and enthusiasm, but also prior experience overseeing the CE process for social workers from another organization. I experience in Jonathan a kindred willingness to give of himself to ICP+P, and a kindred interest to know our organization through what we do and how we do it. Jonathan and I will embark on a training process before we officially transfer the reins. Please join me in welcoming Jonathan into this role of signature importance for our learning community.
2016 CAPP Outreach Opportunities
CONTEMPORARY APPROACHES TO PSYCHODYNAMIC PSYCHOTHERAPY (CAPP) PROGRAM
ICP+P’s CAPP Program is pleased to announce the following programs, offered free of charge, as an introduction to topics and clinical applications included in the training experience. For further information about applying to the CAPP Program, you may contact Janna Sandmeyer, PhD, Program Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202 306 6500.
Open Houses and Case Presentations
All sessions will meet Saturday mornings from 10 AM to Noon at the ICP+P Office, 4601 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 8, Washington, DC, 20008. For further information or to sign up, you may contact Mary Jean Kane, LCSW, at email@example.com, 703 550 4298, or Sharon Ballard, LICSW, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 301 681 9809.
Session 1: January 23, 2016 ~ The Therapist’s Use of Self: A Self Psychological and Intersubjective Perspective
The ways in which the therapist uses her self from a Self Psychological and Intersubjective perspective will be demonstrated and discussed with participants. Case material and discussion will illustrate concepts from Self Psychology and Intersubjectivity, how the therapist thinks about and experientially employs these perspectives, and how the therapist’s sense of self is challenged in her work.
Mary Jean Kane, MSW, LCSW, is a contemporary relational psychoanalyst and a couple and group psychotherapist. She currently leads a mixed adult Relational Psychotherapy Group. Her training includes the ICP+P Psychoanalytic Training Program, the ICP+P Psychotherapy Training Program (now the CAPP Program), the Washington School of Psychiatry’s Group Psychotherapy Training Program, and training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy and Imago Relationship Therapy. Mary Jean has a Private Practice in Falls Church, VA. She is on the ICP+P teaching faculty and does clinical supervision and consultation.
Session 2: February 20, 2016 ~ “Tigger, Eeyore, and the Crunch of (Mis)Recognition”
Participants will be introduced to contemporary Relational views of therapeutic impasse. The central notion of the co-contributions of both patient’s and therapist’s internal and intermingling conflicts and psychologies to the treatment process, particularly when they catalyze to create treatment ruptures and/or impasses, will be discussed using an extended case example.
William Pinney, PhD holds faculty appointments at ICP+P’s Contemporary Approaches to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (CAPP) Training Program, the Washington School of Psychiatry’s (WSP) Supervision Training Program, Georgetown University’s Counseling and Psychiatric Service, and supervises at the University of Maryland’s Psychotherapy Clinic and Research Lab.
Session 3: March 19, 2016 ~ A Case Illustration of Core Concepts in Self Psychology
Using a detailed case example, we will explore Kohut’s seminal contributions in empathy, selfobject transferences, and disruption and repair as they manifest in the therapeutic relationship.
Janna Sandmeyer, PhD, is Chair of the Contemporary Approaches to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy program, and is faculty and supervisor at the Washington School of Psychiatry.
Pre-Program Study Group
Meetings will be held the second Tuesday of each month, January to May, from 7:15 to 8:30 PM in Monica L. Callahan, PhD’s office, 4915 St. Elmo Ave., Suite 404, Bethesda, 20814.
This group is designed particularly for people who plan to apply to the CAPP program for the training class beginning in September, 2016. We will be reading and discussing clinically-relevant writings representative of contemporary Self Psychology and Relational theory, including chapters from Joseph Lichtenberg’s book Craft and Spirit and recent journal articles. Later readings will be selected based on the interests of the group.
Monica L. Callahan, PhD is a faculty member and supervisor in ICP+P’s CAPP Program and in its Psychoanalytic Training Program. She is Chair of ICP+P’s Fellowship Program.
Beyond Betrayal: Couples Therapy After The Affair
Saturday, February 27, 2016
National 4-H Conference Center
7100 Connecticut Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
The Couples Therapy Training Program of ICP+P will present an experiential conference on working with couples embroiled in the aftermath of an affair. Using a participant-observer model, the audience will watch two vignettes of ongoing treatment with a couple. After each vignette, there will be time to explore audience reactions and questions.
Conference participants will observe the therapist containing intense affect, addressing underlying dynamics in the couple, and working to repair the rupture. The format will provide participants the opportunity to learn from each other as we engage together in this experiential process.
Following the experiential part of the conference, there will be a theoretical presentation to integrate the theory and practice of working with couples where there is an affair.
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:
- Summarize the emotional themes often present in couples struggling with the aftermath of an affair.
- Explain how the underlying dynamics in each individual and in the couple contribute to the affair.
- Discuss repairing the rupture in the couple’s relationship using theoretical principles from self and relational psychologies and from object relations.
Annual Conference ~ Connectedness: Intimate Moments of Therapeutic Growth
with Richard Geist, EdD
April 16, 2016
9:00 am-4:30 pm
7100 Connecticut Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Every therapeutic couple struggles to find the bond that drives the therapeutic process and facilitates development. Dr. Geist captures this clinical phenomenon in his construct of Connectedness, a sense of participating in another’s subjective emotional life while simultaneously experiencing that other as participating in one’s own subjective life.
Dr. Geist is our featured speaker at this year’s annual conference, sponsored by ICP+P’s Contemporary Approaches to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (CAPP) training program. There will also be a case presentation by Janna Sandmeyer, PhD and discussion by Sally Bloom-Feshbach, PhD.
2016-2017 Institute ~ Embodying the Unspoken Self:
Attachment, Trauma, Neurobiology and the Body
Coming Soon . . .
Embodying the Unspoken Self:
Attachment, Trauma, Neurobiology and the Body
ICP+P’s Third Year-Long Institute – 2016-2017
This Institute will explore new developments in understanding neurobiology, physiology, and the impact of early attachment experiences and of trauma. Following on previous programs which have emphasized the emotional, cognitive and relational aspects of clinical work, the Institute on Embodying the Unspoken Self will emphasize the body and how to access implicit memory and integrate previously inaccessible pieces of the past by attending to body communications. Trauma will be addressed at both theoretical and clinical levels, with a focus on developmental trauma, i.e. injuries resulting from nuanced early failures of care, the “hidden traumas” of infancy that may be overlooked. Such experiences are less frequently identified as traumatic, relative to more dramatic disruptive events that receive the bulk of attention in the trauma literature. These early traumatic experiences occur as attachment patterns are being established, prior to the development of expressive language. Therapists will benefit greatly from learning to “read” the language of the body as it reveals early life experiences.
The Institute will consist of four weekend conferences – a pre-conference on Friday afternoon and a full-day conference on Saturday.
Beatrice Beebe, PhD on Attachment
September 24, 2016
Stephen Porges, PhD on Polyvagal Theory
December 10, 2016
Kathy Steele, MN, CS on Structural Dissociation
February 25, 2017
Ame Cutler, PhD on Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
May 6, 2017
For more details, see our website, www.icpeast.org.Check back frequently for new information and updates.
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 10 am – noon, Contemporary Approaches to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program (CAPP) Open House and Case Presentations – ICP+P Office, 4601 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 8, Washington, DC 20008. Contact Sharon Ballard for more information at email@example.com.
Saturday, February 20, 2016, 10 am – noon, Contemporary Approaches to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program (CAPP) Open House and Case Presentations – ICP+P Office, 4601 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 8, Washington, DC 20008. Contact Sharon Ballard for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Saturday, February 27, 2016, 9:00 am-12:30 pm, ICP+P Couples Conference:
Beyond Betrayal: Couples Therapy After The Affair
Chaired by Tybe Diamond, MSW this free-to-members half-day program will be created and presented by Couples Training Program Faculty and Graduates. Click HERE to register.
- Saturday, March 19, 2016, 10 am – noon, Contemporary Approaches to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program (CAPP) Open House and Case Presentations – ICP+P Office, 4601 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 8, Washington, DC 20008. Contact Sharon Ballard for more information at email@example.com.
- Sunday, April 3, 2016, 1:00-4:15 pm, Short Course, Letter Salad: Relational Practice with Clients who are LGBTQIA2-S, with Jonathan Lebolt, PhD and Melanie Ricaurte, PsyD, ICP+P Office, 4601 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 8, Washington, DC 20008.
- Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9:00 am-4:30 pm, ICP+P 22nd Annual Conference,
Connectedness: Intimate Moments of Therapeutic Growth with Richard Geist, EdD.
- Friday, April 29, 2016, 10:00 am-1:15 pm, Couples Short Course with Peggy Miller, LICSW and Leslie Smith, PhD, ICP+P Office, 4601 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 8, Washington, DC 20008. Peggy and Leslie will present on the topic of couples that make us feel ineffective and how to respond to them.
News and Notes
Several ICP+P members will be participating in the national meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association in New York in January, 2016. Joe Lichtenberg, MD will chair the Workshop Series in Analytic Process and Technique, for which Elizabeth Carr, APRN, MSN, BC will be presenter. Joe will also be the discussant for the paper, The Interpersonal Words of the Infant, by Jeanine Vivona, PhD. Sandy Hershberg, MD will be the presenter, with Linda Gunsberg, PhD, of a discussion of Writing Lives and Hearing Lives: Collaborating on the Study of a Life: Multiple Meanings, Narratives and Moving Parts. Sandy will also co-chair the discussion of Intersubjectivity and Transformative Moments in Psychoanalysis and Creative Works: “A View from the Bridge,” by Arthur Miller, of which Curtis Bristol, MD is co-chair and presenter. Curtis will also co-chair and co-present a discussion of Love, Sex and the American Psyche: Erotic Fantasy, with Stefan Pasternak, MD. Jessica Brown, MD will be one of the co-chairs of a discussion of A Hall of Mirrors: Impingements on the Analytic Container. Thomas Hoffman, MD will co-chair the workshop, Corporate and Organizational Consultants: Leadership Consulting Conceptual Tools for Psychoanalysts.
Robert Benedetti, PhD‘s paper, Belonging: Ontogeny of a Gay Psychoanalytic Candidate, was published in the most recent issue of International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (vol 10, number 4, October -December 2015). A version of this article was presented to the Anatolian Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies Association in Ankara, Turkey (2015) and the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP) conference in Jerusalem (2014).
Shoshana Ringel, PhD, had a paper accepted at the Journal of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, titled: The role of the creative process in holding and facilitating traumatic experience.
ICP+P’s Psychoanalytic Training Program is pleased to offer a Fellowship Program in Contemporary Forms of Psychoanalysis, introducing participants to the ways psychoanalysis has evolved and to its relevance for clinical practice in the 21st century. The program is intended for residents, interns, advanced graduate students, and practicing clinicians from mental health fields including psychiatry, psychology, social work, counseling, and nursing. Fellows will attend monthly Saturday afternoon seminars throughout the academic year featuring presentations, case material, and discussion by faculty and graduates of the ICP+P Psychoanalytic Training Program. Seminars will draw from a variety of contemporary theories, including self psychology, relational theory, intersubjective systems theory, motivational systems theory, attachment theory, and findings from infant and childhood studies. The Fellowship Program is free of charge, other than a minimal application fee. Click HERE for more information.
- Opening in our ongoing Psychotherapy Supervision Group – From a broadly psychodynamic standpoint, our group focuses on the use of the therapist’s self in psychotherapy, while also paying attention to contextual and cultural factors surrounding the clinical work. Group members present cases on a rotating basis, and also serve as case consultants to other members. Group process will be used to illuminate the psychology of client, therapist, and their jointly created relationship, and also to clarify the therapeutic process itself. Meetings are weekly on Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. at 5225 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 310, in Friendship Heights (across from the Jenifer St. entrance to the Friendship Heights Metro Station), Washington, DC 20015. For more information contact,
Cherian Verghese – (202) 296-2822; firstname.lastname@example.org or Barbara Wayne – (202) 363-0185; email@example.com or click HERE to see a flier.
Early career psychologist looking to join a weekly clinical consultation group in the DC area. Any recommendations or leads greatly appreciated! Please forward any replies to Alana Jacobs, PsyD at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Lovely, light-filled Dupont Circle suite. Available on Mondays and Thursdays. Many amenities and one block from metro. Contact Marty Tuohey,email@example.com or 202-468-2286.
- Share a lovely, sunny office in Tenleytown, steps from Metro. Beautifully furnished in a six-office suite with shared waiting room, restrooms, underground parking and garden entrance. Receptionist creates a welcoming atmosphere. Available 2 ½ days a week. Please contact Cynthia Rosenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-244-0998.
- Large, private office (10 x 15) in Mclean, VA available for rent beginning March 2016. The office is very attractive and has large windows. It is in a shared suite (the waiting area is shared) with a psychologist, social worker and LPC. The building is a contemporary building that houses numerous mental health professionals in downtown McLean. Please email Beulah Levy at Beulahalevy@gmail.com, if interested.
- Solo office suite in downtown Bethesda available for sublet Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and all day Friday and weekends. In an apartment building with indoor parking, 2 blocks from the Bethesda Metro. Suite has a small waiting room, a well decorated consulting room, and a large kitchen/workroom. If interested, please call Joseph R. Silvio, MD at 301-656-3010 or email to email@example.com.
- For Sale – 2 sets of fabric anatomically-correct dolls. One boy and girl set is 14 in, and the other set is 18 in. Both are in excellent condition. If interested for your child practice, call me: Diana Kreiss, LCSW at (703) 524-6380.
- Large, private office (10 x 12) available for rent (part or full time) in small, well established Internal Medicine practice, in Bethesda on Rockledge Drive. Perfect for psychiatrist/therapist, acupuncturist, massage therapist, nutritionist, physical therapist, with good opportunity for cross referral. Shared or private waiting area. Rent and hours are negotiable. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, if interested.
Private practice group looking for new therapist – Seeking a clinician to join an established, respected group practice in Old Town Alexandria. We collaborate and support each other, meeting weekly to discuss cases. Virginia license needed. If interested, please call or email Deborah Asher Hertzberg, LCSW 703-683-1399, Dahertz1@gmail.com.
Downtown Bethesda – office space. Interior therapy office, full time, furnished. Collegial atmosphere. Wifi and fax services included. En-suite restroom for staff only. Within walking distance of Bethesda metro station. On street and county garage parking. $750 per month. Contact Jacob Melamed, Ph.D. at email@example.com.
Offices available, Foggy Bottom, Washington Psychiatric Group: interdisciplinary practices. Two offices available, one (spacious) full and/or part time, other full time: professionally decorated waiting room, kitchenette, 2 bathrooms (professional one with shower), well equipped administrative office (fax machine, copier), subsidized parking w/I building, Metro accessible. For more information call Audrey Thayer Walker, MSW at 202-331-1547.
ICP+P Connections is the e-Newsletter of the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, issued at the beginning of each month.
Please e-mail articles, announcements, and artwork in JPG/PNG format to Jonathan Lebolt, PhD, DCSW, CGP (Editor) (240-507-7696) at Therapy@Doctor-Jon.com or Nancy Der, ICP+P Administrator (Managing Editor) (202-686-9300 ext.5) at firstname.lastname@example.org by the 23rd of the previous month.