~Featuring Janna Sandmeyer, PhD with Mark Blechner, PhD as Discussant~

Friday, September 27, 2019
Registration: 3:00-3:30 pm
Program: 3:30-5:30 pm

Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza
One Veterans Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910


Fulfills LGBTQ/Diversity Credit Requirements

Dr. Sandmeyer will present her Ralph Roughton award winning paper, “Understanding Homophobia in our Forefathers: Rethinking How Kohut Actually Worked.” In this presentation, we will explore the impact of Jule Miller’s (1985) account of his supervision with Heinz Kohut, depicted in Miller’s seminal paper, “How Kohut Actually Worked.”

Through the lens of contemporary self psychology, we will revisit the supervision with an eye toward leading edge interpretations that support the patient’s same-sex striving as a healthy expression of his sexuality. We will consider the context of the times in which the supervision occurred, as well as more personal and theoretical factors that may have influenced Kohut and Miller’s thinking. Dr. Blechner will bring his decades of experience as an analyst working with LGBTQ people to this discussion, in which attendees will be encouraged to participate.

At the conclusion of this pre-conference, attendees will be able to:

  1. Describe the clinical principles that exemplified Kohut’s way of thinking toward the end of his life.
  2. Identify the heterosexist and homophobic aspects of Jule Miller’s (1985) article, ‘How Kohut Actually Worked.’
  3. Describe correctives for the heterosexist and homophobic aspects of Jule Miller’s (1985) article, ‘How Kohut Actually Worked.’

This conference is appropriate for mental health professionals at all levels of experience and offers 2 LGBTQ/Diversity CEs.

Cost and Registration:     

         $50    ICP+P Members           
         $25    ICP+P First-Year Members, MITs, Emerging Professionals,
                        Graduate Student Members, Fellows, Unaffiliated Students
         $35    ICP+P 2nd Year Members
         $70    Non-Members

For more information, email administrator@icpeast.org. A refund for cancellation is available up to 10 days before the seminar.

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About our Presenters:

Janna Sandmeyer, PhD is the Chair of the Contemporary Approaches to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy program at the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy + Psychoanalysis (ICP+P), where is she also the Co-Chair of the Task Force for Sexual Diversity and Inclusion.  She serves on the Editorial Boards of Psychoanalytic Inquiry and Psychoanalysis, Self and Context. She is faculty and supervisor at ICP+P and at the Washington School of Psychiatry and maintains a private practice in Washington, DC.

Mark J. Blechner, PhD is Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute, and Adjunct Professor and Supervisor at New York University. His latest book is The Mindbrain and Dreams: An Exploration of Dreaming, Thinking, and Artistic Creation (2018). He has published three other books: Sex Changes: Transformations in Society and Psychoanalysis (2009), The Dream Frontier (2001), and Hope and Mortality: Psychodynamic Approaches to AIDS and HIV (1997). In 2017, he published “The Clitoris: Anatomical and Psychological Issues” in Studies in Gender and Sexuality. He was the founder and director of the HIV Clinical Service at the White Institute, the only program at a major psychoanalytic institute to treat people with AIDS and their caregivers. He led a three-year private seminar on “Psychoanalysis and Sexual Issues.” He is former Editor-in-Chief of the journal Contemporary Psychoanalysis.

Continuing education credit:  2.0 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 2.0 CE credits for attending the conference. 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 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

* Janna Sandmeyer, PhD and Mark J. Blechner, PhD and the planners, 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.  Any references to “off-label” (non-FDA approved) use of medication, products or devices will be explicitly disclosed in the presentation.

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 to allow time to check in.