Weekend Conference November 2017

International Psychotherapy Institute  

Weekend Conference, November 10-12, 2017

Rockville Hilton Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD

A Psychodynamic Approach to Ethical Conderns

Conference Co-Chairs:
Pat Hedegard, MA, LMHC and Janine Wanlass, PhD

Sunday Guest Presenter: Richard Ruth, PhD

IPI Faculty Presenters:
Sue Cebulko PhD, Pat Hedegard MA LMHC, Colleen Sandor PhD, Jill Scharff MD, Caroline Sehon, MD Carla Trusty-Smith PhD, Janine Wanlass PhD

Register for Full Conference or Saturday Options

Full 3-day Conference provides 14.5 ethics credits

Saturday Morning lecture and small group provides 3 ethics credits

Full Day Saturday provides 6 ethics credits

Discussion of ethical concerns often centers on discipline-specific ethical codes for practice, ethical decision-making models, or egregious ethical violations in clinical practice. While we value these important topics, we want to expand our ethical lens, considering conscious and unconscious dynamics that influence our definition and implementation of an ethical stance in personal, professional, and institutional settings.

Our IPI faculty members, students, and invited guest, Dr. Richard Ruth, will engage us in dialogue about ethical considerations with specific populations such as couples, children, and LGBTQ patients, everyday ethical dilemmas in psychotherapy practice, challenges with establishing and maintaining boundaries, and our internal struggle to find nourish, and hold an ethical stance. Presentations will utilize clinical vignettes and case examples to enrich our understanding of these topics from the practitioner's viewpoint. This promises to be a weekend filled with interesting in-depth discussion of what it means to hold an ethical stance, to thoughtfully address ethical concerns, and to display care and concern for the vulnerabilities of our patients, our colleagues, and ourselves.


Friday morning:
Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical Practice
Pat Hedegard, Sue Cebulko, Caroline Sehon


Friday afternoon:
Presentation of Student Cases


Saturday morning:
Ethical Challenges in Treating Specific Populations
Colleen Sandor, Carla Trusty-Smith, Janine Wanlass


Saturday afternoon:
Boundaries in the Ethical Stance
Jill Scharff


Sunday morning:
Thinking about a Whole Object Perspective on Ethics
Richard Ruth

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

Richard Ruth, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, a neuropsychologist, and a family therapist, as well as a graduate psychoanalyst, trained in Argentina. He is associate professor of clinical psychology in the psychodynamically oriented PsyD program at The George Washington University, where he also teaches in the interdisciplinary LGBT Health Policy and Practice graduate certificate program. He is also a member of the steering committee, faculty, and supervisor with the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry; supervises and teaches with the China American Psychoanalytic Alliance; and is in private practice. Dr. Ruth has taught ethics courses to graduate students and mental health professionals for many years and has published on issues of mental health ethics.

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Full Conference Fee:

$485  (IPI full members: $350; associate members: $400).  Full time students: $150.

Saturday Morning lecture and group discussion: 


Full Day Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.: 



CE Credit 

Full Conference:

14.5 ethics hours approx.

Saturday morning lecture & group discussion (9-noon):

3 ethics hours

Saturday Full Day (9-5:15):

6 ethics hours

 Saturday Morning Only

Lecture and small group discussion

$10 – 3 Ethics CEs

Lecture 9-11 am

Ethical Challenges in Treating Specific Populations

Pat Hedegard, LMHC
Sue Cebulko, PhD
Caroline Sehon, MD

followed by

Small Group Discussion

11 am – noon: $10

The lecture only is FREE. Attend both the lecture & the Small Group Discussion following the lecture for $10 and receive 3 ethics credits

Saturday Full Day

$50 – 6 Ethics CEs

Includes Lecture and Small Group from above, plus an afternoon session and Small Group discussion.

Saturday afternoon session is
Boundaries in the Ethical Stance
Jill Scharff, MD

Attend the full day Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. and receive 6 ethics credits

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.