We offer a pre-conference as a primer for each of the four conferences that comprise the 2016-2017 Institute. The pre-conference sessions are geared toward both those clinicians new to using the body in psychotherapy and those who are interested in deepening their understanding of the topics and their clinical applications, and are intended to provide participants with a more intimate setting in which to explore concepts and discuss their clinical relevance. The pre-conferences will consist of Friday afternoon sessions from 3:00 to 6:15 p.m. on the days before the conferences. Three CE credits will be awarded per pre-conference session. Registrants may sign up for individual pre-conferences or for the entire series. Priority will be given to ICP+P members and those who are registered for the Institute. The location of the sessions is to be determined.

Bringing Attachment into the Real World:
Exploring the Circle of Security Intervention

September 23, 2016

Betty Ann Kaplan, PhD

This workshop will explore how basic principles of attachment theory and research have been translated into an accessible, caregiver-friendly, empirically validated parent intervention. The Circle of Security is aimed at changing minds and enhancing relationship security with both families and individual clients.

Betty Ann Kaplan, PhD, is a psychologist and chair of the Child Placement Consultation Team and Senior Consultant at the Lourie Center for Children’s Social and Emotional Wellness. She also maintains a private practice in Rockville, MD.  She has published, presented and taught on the clinical applications of Attachment theory and methodology. She is affiliated with the Washington School of Psychiatry and ICP+P.

Learning Objectives

Through participating in this workshop — the presentations, experiential exercises, and discussions – participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical foundation of the Circle of Security.
  2. Focus on the therapeutic shift away from behavior management to reflective functioning and relationship enhancement.
  3. Identify new options to help caregivers and patients to manage emotions in themselves and their children.

Prepping for Porges:
The Clinical Relevance of his Work

December 9, 2016

Cynthia Margolies, PhD

This user-friendly overview of Porges’s Polyvagal Theory will explain key concepts such as the Social Engagement System and Neuroception. How and why his neurophysiological theory can be very helpful to clinicians will be discussed, with its particular relevance to relational psychotherapy.

Cynthia Margolies, PhD, is a psychologist in Washington, DC.   She teaches and supervises on trauma and neuroscience through the Center for Healing and Imagery.  She integrates her psychoanalytic training with a range of trauma treatment methods including Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, Ego State Therapy, and Imagery and Mindfulness.  She has taught at the Washington School of Psychiatry and ICP+P.

Learning Objectives

Through participating in this workshop — the presentations, experiential exercises, and discussions – participants will be able to:

  1. Describe Porges’s Polyvagal Theory.
  2. Define the terms, “Social Engagement System” and “Neuroception”.
  3. Describe how the use of these concepts can help guide clinical strategy in a case

Recognizing Dissociative Processes in Your Casework:
Keeping the Body in Mind

February 24, 2017

Rich Chefetz, MD

Dissociative processes tell the story of how a mind hides painful experience from itself. Narcissistic injury often evokes use of self-protective dissociation. Come and learn how to use knowledge about dissociative processes to open new avenues of therapeutic inquiry for some of our most troubled clients.

Richard Chefetz, MD,  is a psychiatrist in private practice in Washington, DC.  A leader in the fields of trauma and dissociative disorders, his recent book is Intensive Psychotherapy for Persistent Dissociative Processes:  the Fear of Feeling Real.  He is a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry and serves on the faculty of the Washington School of Psychiatry, the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, and ICP+P.

Learning Objectives

Through participating in this workshop — the presentations, experiential exercises, and discussions – participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize and name basic expectable patterns of transference in persons with a history of chronic child maltreatment.
  2. Utilize countertransference reactions typical of trauma treatments as a guide to understanding what is happening in their patients.
  3. Discuss how dissociative process impacts the subjective experience of trauma.
  4. Compare the basics of infant attachment behaviors, their relationship with shame, and their manifestations in adult trauma treatment

Not By Words Alone:
Body Based Interventions for Healing the Wounds of Attachment and Trauma

May 5, 2017

Tally Tripp, MA, MSW, ATR-BC

There are two sessions on May 5th – 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Both are sold out and there will not be any walk in registrations.  They are being held at the Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD.

In this introductory Sensorimotor Psychotherapy workshop, participants will learn to observe, track and respond to attachment wounds and trauma-based experiences that are stored implicitly in the body. The session will introduce a range of experiential “bottom-up” (somatic) approaches that promote mindfulness and body awareness, enhance affect regulation and facilitate the client’s empowered response towards resiliency and healing.

Tally Tripp, MA, MSW, ATR-BC, is a professor of Art Therapy at the George Washington University and Director of the GWU Art Therapy Clinic.  In her private practice in Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA, she specializes in experiential approaches for treating trauma disorders, including Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Intensive Trauma Therapy, and EMDR.

Learning Objectives

Through participating in this workshop — the presentations, experiential exercises, and discussions – participants will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between “top down” (cognitive) and “bottom up” (somatic) processes when working with traumatized clients.
  2. Sharpen their ability to observe and track sensation and emotion as they manifest in the body
  3. Practice body-focused interventions that can be integrated into a variety of psychotherapy approaches, with an emphasis on attunement and engagement

Continuing Education

The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy + 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 credit 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 approval standards for nurses and the approved standards for marriage and family therapists. 3 CE credits will be awarded for attending each Friday pre-conference, at which 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 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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.

All Institute presenters and 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.