Weekend Conference October 2017

International Psychotherapy Institute  

Weekend Conference, October 6-8, 2017

Rockville Hilton Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD

Don't Forget the Baby!

Infantile Experience and Its Influence in Our Young and Older Patients

Beatrice Beebe, PhD 

Come join us for a weekend about the baby in all of us and the patients we treat. Our IPI faculty, students, and featured guest for Saturday, Dr. Beatrice Beebe, will help us focus on aspects of infantile experience in our clinical work.

Beatrice Beebe, Ph.D. 
from Columbia University in New York has been studying the relationship between mother-infant face-to-face communications and attachment for over four decades.


Dr. Beebe's presentation on Saturday morning:
The Origins of Disorganized Attachment

Disorganized attachment poses the torturous paradox that the infant's source of safety is also a source of threat and alarm. She will show that dysregulations of attention, affect, spatial orientation, and touch in mother-infant interaction at four months predicted disorganized attachment at one year. Since disorganized attachment at twelve months predicts dissociative difficulties in young adulthood, understanding these interactions offers insight into adult psychopathology and transference patterns. Threatening/threatened, dysregulated and dissociated patterns of interaction in infancy may have analogues in and inform adult treatment.

On Saturday afternoon Dr. Beebe will show her work
Videotaping the Analyst's Face: Videofeedback Therapy for a Patient Who Does Not Look

which explores processes of nonverbal communication in adult treatment through a new project, Videotaping the Analyst's Face. By turning the lens on the analyst, we can learn more about how the analyst communicates to her patient. The analyst's face, bodily gestures of head and hands, and the background vocal rhythm of the narrative, are relatively unexplored avenues of therapeutic action in adult treatment. To illustrate this process, Dr. Beebe will present a case in which she uses videotaped sessions of her face in "video feedback" consultations with a patient who does not look at the faces of other people.

On Friday, October 6, Nancy Bakalar, M.D. (Denver, CO) and Caroline Sehon, M.D. (Bethesda, MD) will present The Deafening Cries of Infantile Trauma about the reverberations of traumatic links within families, and the ways that therapeutic relationships can herald new growth and development for all members of the family. Kathy Harting, LMHC (Indianapolis, IN) will present Looking for an Amazing Gaze, a description of her work in Infant Observation, providing a close-in view of an infant and allowing conference participants to explore their counter-transference responses as a way to understand the mother-infant dynamics. Bonnie S. Eisenberg, Ph.D. (Chevy Chase, MD) will serve as discussant. On Sunday October 8, Teresa Uecker, LPC (Richmond, VA) will present Adam's 'Chocolate Factory' - A Young Boy's Struggle to Adjust to a Parent's Chronic Illnesses. Douglas E. Dennett, M.D. (Burlington, VT) will serve as discussant.

Conference includes lectures, case presentations, large and small group discussions, with a reception on Friday 


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Full Conference Fee:

$485 21 days in advance, $505 thereafter.  (IPI full members: $350; associate members: $400).  Full time students: $150.

Saturday Morning Only, October 7, 9:00 a.m. - Noon: 

Registration for the Saturday morning presentation, followed by small group discussion, is offered free to mental health professionals.  Pre-registration is required.   To register for this free lecture send an email with your name and contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


CE Credit 

Full Conference:

14.5 hours approx.

Free Saturday morning presentation & small group discussion:

2.5 hours

Join us for a free Saturday morning presentation and discussion

October 7
9:00 am - Noon

The Origins of Disorganized Attachment with

Beatrice Beebe, PhD

The Saturday  presentation  and small group are open to registration to mental health professionals at no charge.   

Pre-registration is required.

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.