Note from the Editor – Jonathan Lebolt, PhD, DCSW, CGP

Jonathan Lebolt, PhD, LCSW, CGP

Jonathan Lebolt, PhD, DCSW, CGP

Dear ICP+P Members and Friends,

Happy Summer! This combined July – August issue offers a “double feature.” The first is a review by Eileen Boyle, PhD of a Special Issue of Psychoanalytic Inquiry on The Patient’s Contribution to the Co-construction of Clinical Theory. As a psychoanalyst who integrates other theoretical approaches and uses intuition and humor in his work, I appreciated Eileen’s reminder to use our whole selves, all of what we know, in our work with clients, rather than fearing what I sometimes call the “analytic police” (who may reside more in my mind than outside it). As Eileen quotes Carol Levin, MD, we must use “all of who we are and all the ways we communicate” (PI, 35 [3], p. 323) in our practice.
Our second feature is another lovely blog post by Trish Cleary, MS, LCPC-MFT-ADC, CGP, this time about dealing with regression in group psychotherapy. Trish, a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, is a member of the Outreach Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Association, of which I am a member. I recently had the great good fortune to participate in a Process Group Experience co-led by Trish under the auspices of the committee, so I was able to witness her remarkable skills first-hand. Go to for more information about this wonderful organization.

And if you have not already joined ICP+P or renewed your membership, now is the time to do so. As an example of one of the many perks of membership, I’d like to share my experience of the lovely Couples Therapy Training Program Graduation on May 31, as an example of what makes ICP+P so special. But first, permit a brief reminiscence of my own graduation from the program in psychoanalysis at my institute in New York in 2001. Though I loved the training, I felt somewhat uncomfortable at graduation. The focus seemed more on the faculty than the graduates. The faculty were seated at the front of the room; the graduates and family were in the rear. A faculty member spoke on behalf of each graduate.
At the graduation at ICP+P, faculty, graduates, and family sat together. The event was warmly emceed by Michael Wannon, PhD, Chair of the Program, and Linda Kanefield, PhD, Associate Director of Training. And while the faculty were recognized, as they well deserve, the focus was on the speech each graduate gave about the impact of the program on her life.

ICP+P is a wonderfully inclusive and egalitarian organization that deserves our support. And, in the interests of inclusivity, I’d like to propose a new feature of this newsletter that was suggested by one of my new ICP+P friends: if you’d like to report to us about a milestone in your life, please send me and Nancy a description to publish. I’m happy to announce a milestone of my own: you’ll be seeing a lot more of me at ICP+P after July 1, when my husband, Robin, and I, finally relocate full-time from Richmond, VA to the Greater Washington area.


New Membership Year Begins on July 1st
Renewals and New Memberships Are Being Accepted

ICP+P’s new fiscal year began on July 1st. Membership fees are due now..

Existing members received an invoice along with a copy of your directory listing in the mail in June. Dues payments must be received by August 1st for your information to be included in the next directory.

Anyone who is not currently a member, but wants to join the organization, can use this link to the website to learn about the benefits of membership and to obtain the membership application form.

Existing or new members can pay the annual fee online via this link:

Notes on the ICP+P Annual Conference, May 2, 2015, with Andrea Celenza, PhD: “The Many Faces of Eros: Countertransference Revelations”

Jen Sermoneta, PsyD, Associate Director: Programs

Thank you to our photographer, Elaine Hoffman.  To see photos from the event, click here.

For Andrea Celenza, our work is filled with eros and the erotic. Through her talk, she challenged us to develop a greater comfort with our own sexual and erotic feelings, and to tune into our experience with our patients in a different way. Working with patients’ erotic, merger, or maternal transferences can feel threatening, difficult, and anxiety-provoking, acknowledges Celenza. And exploring countertransference to these transferences can make us feel even more vulnerable. But, says Celenza, it is vital to let patients know they affect us, and vital to make ourselves affectively available in ways the patient can sense.

Andrea Celenza, a psychologist-psychoanalyst from Boston who has written extensively on both erotic transference/countertransference and therapist boundary violations, joined us for a day devoted to exploring how eros pervades our work. One program attendee noted that she had previously seen erotic counter/transference as something rare, but now understands it as part of everyday work.

William (Bill) Pinney chaired the program, and did a terrific job of pulling it all into focus and assembling a creative and efficient conference committee of John Gershefski, Laura Kasper, Roger Segalla, Jen Sermoneta, and Leslie F. Smith.

In addition to Celenza’s talks, the day included group work. Leslie F. Smith and Laura Kasper coordinated the small group aspect of the program, as well as leading groups, and Rosemary Segalla helped with group format design and leader training. Many thanks, also, to our additional group leaders: Mary Brennan, Yvonne DeCuir, Georgia DeGangi, Lee Futrovsky, Bill Pinney, Janna Sandmeyer, Roger Segalla, Angie Snyder, and Cherian Verghese. To really bring the material home, John Gershefski curated a set of vignettes through which members shared their own clinical material. In addition to one of Gershefski’s own vignettes, Cheri Marmorosh, Barbara Wayne, and Anonymous shared stories of their own experiences related to erotic counter/transference and enactments.

As one program attendee noted, “The level of authentic vulnerability from all of the presenters was incredibly powerful and enlivening.” Celenza and the authors of the clinical vignettes shared both patient and therapist reactions with candor and transparency. Throughout the day, Celenza was consistently present, available, and authentic. She personified strong vulnerability, and her ideas were compelling and useful.

For more, see Celenza’s published articles or her new book, Erotic Revelations: Clinical Applications and Perverse Scenarios, published by Routledge, or visit her in-depth website,

Andrea Celenza, PhD is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Faculty at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis and an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Celenza has consulted with, evaluated, supervised or treated over 250 cases of therapist-patient sexual boundary transgressions. 

Review of Special Issue: The Patient’s Contribution to the Co-construction of Clinical Theory, Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 35 (3), 2015, Lester Lenoff (Ed.)

Eileen Boyle, PhD

Eileen Boyle, PhD

Eileen Boyle, PhD

The unifying theme of this volume is the focus on the “patient-driven expansion of clinical theory” (Lenoff, p. 243). Each article shares how clinical experience led the author to expand his or her thinking about theory, rather than to “shoehorn” clinical experience into a theoretical box. The contributors rejected “textbook explanations,” and in the process, one might say, revised the textbook.

In a very readable article, contributor Rafael Ornstein describes a session with a patient with narcissistic issues, one in which Dr. Ornstein “threw out the book.” Instead of using his usual analytic approach, Dr. Ornstein adopted a behavioral approach. The results of this change in stance led Dr.Ornstein to a new understanding of the patient’s dynamics. As Dr. Ornstein writes, “Hopefully, analysts learn with every clinical encounter – but frequently it is when they are most challenged that they are aware of learning something particular from their patients about the therapeutic process” (p. 267).

Kaplinsky and Geller share their experience treating sadomasochism, and how it led them to “deepen and decipher [their] own conceptions and clinical approaches” (p. 254). For instance, noting one patient’s “cat-and-mouse game of sadomasochism,” Kaplinsky and Geller felt they grew by moving beyond traditional theoretical constructs, such as projection, identification with the victim and narcissistic injury, and acknowledging “that very elusive system that burrows into all parts of the personality” (p. 255).

Carol Levin’s article advances further the point of this volume. Dr. Levin describes how sensitivity and responsiveness to the patient’s needs helped Dr. Levin to develop as a clinician. Dr. Levin describes her experience conducting a second analysis with a patient whose first analysis was with a deceased teacher and mentor of Dr. Levin. Knowing she wanted to be different from, i.e., less controlling than, the previous analyst, Dr. Levin muted her own analytic voice, and the patient sensed it. When this patient challenged Dr. Levin, saying he could sense that she was holding back in the treatment, she acknowledged the truth of what he was saying. After this challenge, Dr. Levin worked more freely, mindful of what she had learned from her respected mentor, but also embracing her own sense of clinical judgment.

As Dr. Levin sums up,

We hold theory on our analytic bones, so to speak, and it simultaneously holds us…Widening the scope of our venerable concept of analytic voice to include all of who we are and all the ways we communicate gathers strands of contemporary analytic theorizing into a whole that captures our participation as analysts in the field we cocreate with our patients. In analyzing Mr. X, I learned, up close, how much analytic voice matters, how much it is in everything we do as analysts, and how much it contributes to what is possible in an analysis. (p. 323).

Reflections on Regression: The Power of the Past on the Present

Trish Cleary, MS, LCPC-MFT-ADC, CGP

As children we pick up on everything and experience all feelings as our own, even when some are aspects of our parents’ spoken and unspoken concerns. When feelings are too complicated or overwhelming they get set aside; however, they are not forgotten.

Earlier this year, we explored the 4 Rs – Rupture, Regression, Repair and Resolution. When a Rupture unbalances us in the here-and-now, Regression brings the past unexpectedly into the present as a tangled mess of feelings. The discomfort that follows can be painful and often puzzling. As my clients become more aware of these feelings, they begin to recognize the most intense of these emotions, the ones they fear most, are sense-memories from the past.

In the following group psychotherapy session, group members work together to help each other grow the emotional muscles necessary to explore the then-and-there intrusions of Regression.

Jim updated the group on his continuing disappointment with his wife. “I know I have more self-respect because of the work I am doing with all of you in group, yet the lack of connection my wife has with me feels achingly familiar. In the moment, it feels like a new wound even though I sense at some level it is an old emotional memory. I don’t know how to handle myself with her because when I am vulnerable, she either cuts off emotionally or verbally humiliates me.” Francie asked Jim if he thought he might be using his wife’s inability to connect as a way to justify cutting off from her. Jim responded in frustration saying “What if her love is just a façade?”

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New Member Introduction:  Deborah Newmark, LICSW

Martha Blechar Gibbons, PhD, APRN, BC
Martha Blechar Gibbons, PhD, APRN, BC

Martha Blechar Gibbons, PhD, APRN, BC

It is my pleasure to welcome Deborah Newmark, LICSW, whose career as a clinician, consultant, manager, and instructor spans 40 years. Hailing from the Midwest, Deborah received her MSW from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. She began practicing in the Washington area in the mid-70’s in a variety of settings and with a diverse population. Noteworthy are her pioneering efforts with the AIDS crisis and extensive experience with the eating disordered population and chronically mentally ill. Both Deborah and husband, psychiatrist Joel Cohen, share a strong commitment to mental health care.

Deborah treats adults and adolescents with affective disorders, major mental illness, and co-occurring chemical dependency and eating disorders. Practice location is 4501 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 217-C, Washington, D.C., phone, 202-329-8178, email @

Thank you, and welcome Deborah!

Psychoanalytic Training Program announces a Pilot Program in Contemporary Psychoanalytic Studies

Sandra Hershberg, MD, Chair, Psychoanalytic Training Program

We are pleased to announce that the ICP+P Psychoanalytic Training Program is initiating a pilot program this fall for a Certificate Program in Contemporary Psychoanalytic Studies. Individuals accepted into this training program will join the regular Members-in-Training of the Psychoanalytic Training Program for the three-year curriculum and for other learning activities.

Trainees in the pilot program will attend three years of weekly psychoanalytic classes and discuss psychoanalytic ideas with the regular Psychoanalytic Members-In-Training.

The coursework includes in-depth study of the following:

  • An introduction to psychoanalytic engagement and clinical psychoanalysis
  • Kohut’s foundational ideas and contemporary advances in self psychology
  • Intersubjectivity systems theory
  • Motivational systems theory
  • Contemporary relational theory
  • Attachment and infant research
  • Psychoanalytic writing in all three years of the curriculum
  • Dream work
  • The history of psychoanalytic thought including Freud’s seminal contributions, ego psychology, Melanie Klein’s work, and object relations theory

A member of the psychoanalytic faculty will supervise trainees on one clinical case with the minimal frequency of two sessions per week. A personal analysis is encouraged although not required. A Certificate of Contemporary Psychoanalytic Studies will be awarded to trainees at the completion of the three years of course work and supervised casework.

The option to enter full psychoanalytic training is available at any point during the program.

Application materials are available on the web and are due on July 30th.

If you are interested in learning more about the pilot program, please contact Elizabeth Carr, Chair of Admissions (202.822.8371 or A limited number of spaces are available.

We appreciate the support of the ICP+P training community and the Board as we take on this new endeavor.

Psychoanalytic Training Program Offers a
Fellowship Program: Contemporary Forms of Psychoanalysis

Monica Callahan, PhD

ICP+P’s Psychoanalytic Training Program welcomes applications for a new class of its Fellowship Program in Contemporary Forms of Psychoanalysis, scheduled to begin in September 2015. The Fellowship Program introduces participants to the ways psychoanalysis has evolved as a relevant clinical practice for the 21st century. Fellows include practicing clinicians, psychiatry residents, psychology interns, and advanced graduate students from mental health fields. In considering acceptance into the program, preference will be given to individuals who have an interest in pursuing psychoanalytic training at some point.Fellows participate in monthly Saturday afternoon seminars throughout the academic year, featuring presentations on specific psychoanalytic concepts by faculty and graduates of the ICP+P Psychoanalytic Training Program. Generally, readings are provided in advance of the meetings. Seminars draw from a variety of contemporary psychoanalytic theories, including self psychology, relational theory, intersubjective systems theory, motivational systems theory, attachment theory, and findings from infant studies.

Continuing Education credits will be available for sessions attended.

The Fellowship will begin September 19, 2015 continuing through May, 2016 on the following dates: October 24, November 14, December 12, January 16, February 20, March 12, April 9, and May 21. Seminars will be held on Saturday afternoons from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the ICP+P office, 4601 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 8, Washington, DC 20008.

Applications will be accepted until July 15.  Click here for the application.

For further information, contact Monica L. Callahan, PhD, Chair, Fellowship Program at or 301-587-6211 or click here to go to our website.

Click here for a copy of the complete flier…

CAPP Outreach Group

Gail Winston, LICSW

ICP+P’s CAPP Program is offering a five (5) week discussion group for advanced graduate students or interested clinicians with a focus on the basic tenets of Self Psychology. It would be particularly useful for people who are considering further training in a self-psychological and relational orientation.

Dates: The group will meet on five Thursday evenings: October 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2015
Time: 7:15 to 8:30 pm
Place: ICP+P Office,  4601 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 8, Washington, DC
Cost: There is no fee for this group.

Leader: Gail Winston, LICSW is a Founding Member and has served on the Board of ICP+P. She is also a graduate from the ICP+P Couples Training Program. Currently she is facilitating one of the Institute’s study groups on The Reading of Novels and Memoirs through the Lens of a Psychotherapist. Gail has maintained a private practice in Washington, DC for over 30 years, focusing on individuals and couples. To register and for further information, please contact her at 202.686.1177 or GWINSTON@GAILWINSTON.COM.

Couples Therapy Training Program Class to Begin in September

Michael Wannon, PhD

There are 1-2 spots left in the class for 2015-2016 Couples Training Program. If you are interested in learning more about the program and the possibility of becoming a member of the 2015-2016 class, please contact the Chair of the program, Michael Wannon, PhD,

Free Conference for ICP+P Members

New Ideas from Joseph D. Lichtenberg, MD: Narrative & Meaning in Development and in Clinical Interaction

Chairperson: Elizabeth M. Carr, APRN, MSN, BC

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Registration: 8:30-9am
Program: 9am-12:30pm
National 4-H Conference Center
7100 Connecticut Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

We are pleased to offer this conference to honor and celebrate Joseph D. Lichtenberg, MD on the occasion of his 90th birthday. In the first part of the morning, Dr. Lichtenberg will share his latest thinking concerning his innovative proposals about the importance of narratives and their central purpose in achieving meaning. Dr. Lichtenberg views the mind as continually organizing and making sense of one’s experience through the multiple narratives of lived experience. He will describe how the very process of meaning-making can become fragmented in development, yielding an insecure attachment that carries from childhood to adulthood, and into our consulting rooms. Finally, Dr. Lichtenberg will describe the valuable collaborative process of patient and therapist building coherent narratives of the patient’s and the dyad’s experience, creating meaning and understanding. He will illustrate these ideas with a clinical vignette. There will be time for discussion with the audience.

In the second half of the morning, Sandra G. Hershberg, MD and Linda Gunsberg, PhD will discuss Making Meaning: The Public Narrative, the Private Narrative and the Collaborative Narrative. In their presentation they describe their volume, Reading Joseph D. Lichtenberg: Psychoanalytic Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice, to be published this fall. In this endeavor, Drs. Hershberg and Gunsberg have been struck by the process of how various narratives have emerged and evolved, existing independently of each other and/or becoming integrated into Dr. Lichtenberg’s larger life narrative. They have chosen to capture these narratives by referring to them as the Public Narrative, the Private Narrative and the Collaborative Narrative. Their presentation will illustrate how the catalyst for the development of these narratives has been what Dr. Lichtenberg refers to as “the spirit of inquiry.” During their presentation, they will dialogue with Dr. Lichtenberg about these narratives.

After the conference

We hope you will join us for a luncheon at La Ferme Restaurant, 7101 Brookville Road, Chevy Chase, Maryland, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. The lunch is paid and optional, but is a further opportunity to celebrate Joe’s birthday and to share personal remembrances. You can attend the lunch without attending the conference.

Click here to register online for the Conference.

Click here to see the full flier…

ICP+P’s Annual Pot Luck and Fall Kick-Off

Kathy Beck, LICSW
Sunday, September 20, 2015 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Chevy Chase Village Hall
5906 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(a couple of blocks north of Chevy Chase Circle)
Please park on the street.
This kick-off event gives us a chance to come together as a community to renew ongoing relationships as well as to welcome new members. Members-in-Training and individuals who have joined ICP+P during the last year will be introduced. In addition, we are planning to have a town hall meeting, in which members can participate in open discussion about ICP+P, including the year’s upcoming programs, planning for future programs and other areas of interest or concern to the ICP+P community. The potluck has always been an informal, lively, and fun event with lots of great food!
Please RSVP to this event by emailing (no phone calls, please) Kathy Beck at indicating what you plan to bring:
*appetizer *side dish *fruit salad *green salad *entrée
*dessert *beer/wine *non-alcoholic beverage
*notify me and I’ll bring whatever is most needed.

* Also please indicate whether you are available to help with set-up or clean-up.
Thank you! We look forward to seeing you there!

Short Course: Cultural Issues and Relational Practice: Racial and Sexual Minorities

with Jonathan Lebolt, PhD, DCSW, CGP and Yan Ni, PsyM

Sunday, October 4, 2015
1:00 – 4:15 pm
ICP+P Office
4601 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 8
Washington, DC 20008

Meets Cultural Competence Requirement

Relational practice, with its honoring of the subjectivities of both clinician and client, has the capacity to enhance sensitivity to all aspects of the client’s humanity, including cultural variables such as race, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Until recently, however, contemporary psychoanalysis has not carefully and consistently attended to such variables. This short course is a small part of a movement in contemporary psychoanalysis toward integrating culturally sensitive and relational practice. It will focus on increasing clinicians’ awareness of, and sensitivity to, issues to consider when working with clients who are members of racial and sexual minorities.

Initially, we will use a screening of a part of the video, Black Psychoanalysts Speak (Winograd, 2014), to stimulate our thinking about what challenges clients of color may face in seeking help from white providers. We will then explore how practitioners may increase awareness of their own prejudices and avoid acting on them in the countertransference, and how to use cross-cultural enactments to increase intimacy and promote psychosocial healing in the therapeutic encounter. Finally, we will address how clinicians may interact sensitively with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender clients.

This conference is intended for professionals at all levels of experience.
Click here to register online for the October 4th Short Course.

Click here to see the full flier…

Members in the Arts

Melinda Salzman, MSW and her husband, Sherm, are participating in a summer singing institute, which culminates in a concert. They hope you can make it!
The concert is the National Philharmonic Summer Choral Institute with Artistic Director Stan Engebretson. It is on Friday, July 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm at Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD. The Repertoire includes “The Lone Wild Bird”, arr. Alf Houkom, “Abendlied”, Josef Gabriel Rheinberger, “I Go to the Rock”, arr. Lloyd Larson, “Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt, BWV Anh. 160”, J. S. Bach, “Veni Sancte Spiritu”, Peter Kadeli, Selections from Moravian Songs, Antonin Dvorak, arr. Janacek, and “Bile Them Cabbage Down:, Arr. Mack Wilberg.

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, September 12, 9:00 am-12:30 pm, New Ideas from Joseph D. Lichtenberg, MD: Narrative & Meaning in Development and in Clinical Interaction Conference – This will be a 90th Birthday Celebration for Joseph Lichtenberg, MD with a discussion on his contributions to Psychoanalysis with Sandy Hershberg, MD and Linda Gunsberg, PhD.  The free-to-members talks will be followed by a paid luncheon (at La Ferme) celebrating Joe’s 90 years and his contributions to psychoanalysis and ICP+P. Click HERE to register. 
  • Sunday, October 4, 2015, 1:00-4:15 pm, Short Course – Cultural Issues and Relational Practice, with Jonathan Lebolt, PhD, DCSW, CGP and Yan Ni, PsyM, Meets Cultural Competence Requirement, at  ICP+P Office, 4601 Connecticut, Ave., NW, Suite 8, Washington, DC 20008. Click HERE to register.
  • Friday, November 6, 2015, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Short Course – Couples Therapy with Angela Snyder, PsyD and Ashley Seeger, PsyD at the ICP+P Office, 4601 Connecticut, Ave., NW, Suite 8, Washington, DC 20008.
  • Saturday, December 5, 2015, 9:00 am-12:30 pm, ICP+P Conference on Adolescents and Technology with Shelley Doctors, PhD and Jackie Gotthold, PsyD.
  • Saturday, February 27, 2016, 9:00 am-12:30 pm, ICP+P Couples Conference. Chaired by Tybe Diamond, MSW this free-to-members half-day program will be created and presented by Couples Training Program Faculty and Graduates.
  • Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9:00 am-4:30 pm, ICP+P 22nd Annual Conference with Richard Geist, EdD as our featured speaker discussing Connectedness in the Clinical Encounter.

News and Notes

  • Melinda Salzman, MSW. I am throwing myself into becoming a “real” singer. I was graciously turned down by the National Philharmonic Chorale, but I learned a tremendous amount in preparing to audition. As a result, I was inspired to throw a Recital for friends, in June, joined by another voice student and my husband. We sang duets, solo’s, and a trio. At the end we persuaded our audience to join us in a very silly round, My Dame Has a Lame Tame Crane. They even enjoyed that part!
    In addition, I am becoming more and more enthusiastic about my role as a medical educator, teaching (they call us mentors) medical students at GWU-along with some other ICP&P members. It’s very exciting to shape future doctors, helping them develop their relationship skills-to become the kind of doctors we want to see!
    Apart from these fun things, I have agreed to serve as your Assistant Associate Co-Treasurer, with Flora Ingenhousz-knowing that she is very competent and experienced, having already served as treasurer to two other organizations. I intend to upgrade from balancing my checkbook to mastering QuickBooks. Now, I beseech all of you to read any and all boring notices from your Treasurers!
  • Laura Miskimins, LCSW, announces the opening of her part-time private practice in Burke, VA, at the corner of Braddock Rd. and Rolling Rd.  (convenient to the Beltway, I-95 and I-395).  Laura is a member in training in the CAPP program, and has practiced in an agency setting for many years.  She works with adults, older adolescents and couples, and provides supervision toward social work or LPC licensure.  She will be accepting Carefirst, Tricare and Cigna insurance plans.  For more information, please call 703-855-0895 or e-mail
  • Tybe Diamond, MSW, BCD recently presented on issues of transference and countertransference in work with older adults to Affiliated Community Counselors. Tybe is the chair of the one year aging training program at the Washington School of Psychiatry, the area’s only clinical program offering training in psychodynamic psychotherapy for older adults, couples and families. She is also the director of the Center for the Study of Aging at the Washington School of Psychiatry which offers community programs on a variety of aging issues.
  • Heidi Block, LCSW-C, LICSW and Ann Ewing are co-facilitating a Daring Way weekend intensive July 17th, 18th and 19th in Dupont Circle Washington DC. The Daring Way is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brene Brown. During the process we explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. We examine the thoughts, emotions and behaviors that are holding us back and we identified the new choices and practices that will move us toward more authentic and wholehearted living. The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead. For more information, please contact Heidi at or 301-651-6906.
  • Ruth Ann Stoltzfus, MSW graduated from the Washington School of Psychiatry’s Infant and Young Child Observational Studies Program this June. She presented the paper Ambivalence in an Infant Observation  at the programs conference, From Ambivalence to Postnatal Depression: Challenges in Becoming a Mother (and Father!).

Bulletin Board

  •  Experiential Supervision Group Starting – We will explore our clinical work using a combination of psychodrama-based enactment techniques and contemporary psychoanalytic theory.  Meetings will be biweekly, early afternoon on Friday, in Bethesda.  For more information, contact  Monica L. Callahan, PhD at,
  • New Couples Therapy Study Group Forming – Seeking members to meet on a Friday morning, 10:30 – Noon, either the second or fourth Friday of the month (depending on the availability of participants) in either Silver Spring or DC (depending on the availability and size of the group). We plan to read books and articles on marital therapy and related topics, including trust, sexuality, illness, and aging. We will expand on this material with case discussion. If interested, please contact Melinda Salzman, MSW, or (301) 585-7352.
  • Supervision Training Program at The Washington School of Psychiatry –  This program comprises a one-year curriculum which provides experienced supervisors, and those interested in psychotherapy supervision, a background in the theory and practice of supervision from a psychodynamic perspective.  It provides an opportunity to look more deeply into the complexity of constructing a positive supervisory environment. Additionally, it provides a comprehensive view of the overlaps and differences between supervision and psychotherapy, and examines how conscious and unconscious forces, both within and between supervisor and supervisee, must be addressed for the supervisory experience to be effective.The Program consists of eight three-hour, once-monthly Saturday morning meetings, each devoted to a different topic.  The first half of each session is a didactic and clinical exploration of that day’s topic led by members of the faculty, who are experienced supervisors.  The second part is an ongoing, experiential supervision group led by one faculty member for the entire year. Applications will accepted beginning June 1, and will be processed until the class is filled.  Classes have typically had more applicants than there is space available, so early submission will maximize the likelihood that the application will receive consideration.  For further information you may go to the Washington School of Psychiatry web site: or contact Barry Wepman, PhD at (202)-337-0705 or
  • Full Time Dupont Circle Office For Rent – Beautiful, sunny office for rent full-time starting September 1 in The Dupont Executive. Access to the building is via secure call box system. The suite is shared with other mental health professionals, and has a waiting room, coat closet and kitchenette. Garage parking is available for an extra fee. Contact Brad Brenner, PhD at or 202-986-594.
  • Free – a set of all the items for the WAIS testing, believed to be an early copy. Contact Cay Hartley, MSW, 301-908-3001.
  • Unit for sale; condo with two offices, waiting room, kitchen, bath, large storage closet. Within two blocks of Tenleytown metro. This unit is located on the fifth floor on the east side of Wisconsin Avenue. It is located on the back side of the building so is quiet with great views of Fort Reno. The unit can be registered for professional or residential use. For more information, contact Cay Hartley, MSW, 301-908-3001.
  • Office Space Available – 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, LICSW at or 202-244-0998.

ICP+P Connections is the e-Newsletter of the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, issued at the beginning of each month.

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