Weekend Conference February 2018

International Psychotherapy Institute
Rockville Hilton Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852    
Family and Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Conference


Settings and Modalities in Family
and Couple Treatment
Offered by the International Psychotherapy Institute and the
International Psychoanalytic Association Committee on Couple and Family Therapy
February 1-4, 2018
Weekend Conference February 2-4
Optional Pre-Conference Day February 1 - included in registration fee
Saturday morning option: lecture and small group, $10, 2.5 CE credits


For four days February 1-4, 2018, IPI and the IPA's Committee on Family and Couple Psychoanalysis are co-sponsoring a conference on psychoanalytic family and couple therapy, to be held in Rockville, MD, near Washington, DC.
In this conference, we will explore atypical arrangements and varied modalities for therapy, such as combined or concurrent individual, couple, or family treatments, adaptations in treatment settings for families with adolescents or young children, mother-infant therapy, home settings for therapy, or therapy for conditions such as psychosis or addiction. The presentations will include papers, case presentations and discussions, with a focus on clinical cases and vignettes.
Presenters from across the United States and 7 other countries will join together to study the effects of various arrangements for family and couple psychoanalytic therapy. We will present in-depth cases, offer theoretical ideas, explore the ethics of various arrangements, and investigate clinical process. We will explore the process of change, the effects of combining modalities, the issues around choice of particular modalities of treatment, and the outcome of our work. Discussants from varying regions and points of view will exchange ideas with each other and with all participants who attend.
The conference will include lectures, case presentations, large and small group discussions, and a welcoming reception on Friday afternoon.  
Thursday Pre-Conference Presentations: 
Collaborative work with parents while simultaneously
offering psychotherapy to a 3 year old child
Chaos and Destruction:
Is Survival and Life Possible?
Early Intervention with Parents and Children
She won't get out of her room:
Reaching out in family psychoanalytic psychotherapy
Of Loss and Links
Friday - Sunday Conference Presentations 
Treating a couple with a child also in treatment
Sexual difficulty from the vantage of  
the individual and of the couple
If I Cannot Write, I Cannot Grow: Concurrent Individual 
 and Family Treatment with a Conflict Avoidant Family
An Encounter with a Chinese family
Special settings in family psychoanalysis with older children
On Increasing Session Frequency
Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy:
Some Clinical Considerations 
Treating the Seriously Ill Patient
in Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy:
Considerations & Dilemmas of Technique 

For more information on the work of the IPA's Committee on Family and Couple Psychoanalysis, read the Karnac Books blog post: Clinical Dialogues on Psychoanalysis with Families and Couples, by David Scharff and Monica Vorchheimer

Saturday Morning Only, February 3:
Lecture and small group discussion
$10 - 2.5 CEs
Lecture 9-10:30am
An Encounter with a Chinese family
David and Jill Scharff (Washington, DC)
Discussants:  Mary Morgan (London) and Li Zhen (Beijing)

Small Group Discussion  
11 am - noon
The Saturday lecture only is FREE.  Attend both the lecture and the Small Group Discussion following the lecture for $10 and receive 2.5 CE credits


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Full Conference Fee
(includes optional February 1st Pre-Conference Day)
$505; $485 21 days in advance
(IPI full members: $350; associate members: $400).
Full time students: $150.
Saturday morning lecture and group discussion only:  $10
Pre-Conference Day, February 1
6.5 credit hours 

Weekend Conference, February 2-4:
Approximately 14 credit hours 

Saturday morning lecture & group discussion, 9-noon
2.5 credit hours
List of presenters
Mari├óngela Mendes de Almeida 
Sao Paolo, Brazil   
Carl Bagnini
Port Washington, NY
Leora Benioff   
San Francisco
Anabella Brostella
Shlomit ben Lavy
Anat ben Salmon
Tel Aviv, Israel
Li Zhen
Jeanne Magagna  
Hanni Mann-Shalvi
Tel Aviv, Israel
Damian McCann  
Mary Morgan
Shelley Nathans
San Francisco
Elizabeth Palacios
Zaragoza, Spain
Jude Piercey
Sydney, Australia
Jim Poulton
Salt Lake City
David Scharff
Washington, DC
Jill Savege Scharff 
Washington, DC
Amita Sehgal
Caroline Sehon
Washington, DC
Michael Stadter
Washington, DC
Carla Trusty-Smith
Monica Vorchheimer
Buenos Aires
Janine Wanlass
Salt Lake City
Richard Zeitner
Kansas City
John Zinner
Washington, DC

Affective Learning and the Small Group

The Affective Learning Model is an educational format derived from the theoretical principles of Object Relations. Faculty, candidates, fellows, students and weekend attendees learn together, from didactic material and experience, to integrate theory and technique, cognitive and affective elements, and intrapsychic and interpersonal dimensions.

IPI's affective learning groups represent a core component of the weekend learning. Each participant meets in a consistent group, twice daily and once on Sunday morning during the weekend conference. The affective learning process provides an essential vehicle for learning at IPI, giving participants an effective way to integrate their intellectual and emotional responses to the material at individual and group levels, and to apply this learning to their clinical work. Participants value the small group as a place that fosters their development as clinicians, by giving the learner a close-in opportunity to discuss, argue, and wrestle with concepts and emotional responses to the material.