Weekend Conference November 2018

International Psychotherapy Institute  

Weekend Conference, November 9-11, 2018

Rockville Hilton Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD

Two Bodies in the Room:
Body-Mind Dissociation in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

Guest Presenter: Ricardo Lombardi, MD

Conference Co-Chairs:
Sheila Hill, MSW and Steve Morris, PhD

Riccardo Lombardi

 Riccardo Lombardi, MD,is a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist who practices in Rome, Italy. He teaches at the Roman Psychoanalytic Institute and is a training and supervising analyst at the Italian Psychoanalytic Society. He is the author of many publications and of two books, Formless Infinity: Clinical Exploration of Matte Blanco and Bion and Body-Mind Dissociation in Psychoanalysis: Development after Bion. 

Alienation from one's own body has become a central complaint of the patients we treat today. Attention must be paid to their anguish and to our own. Increasingly, clinical work, especially with traumatized patients, demands the activation of a dialogue between their body and mind in order to bring our most troubled patients into their own lives.

Using his own body countertransference and the creative entanglement of both patient and therapist bodies, Riccardo Lombardi introduces to the therapeutic endeavor a method of creative listening and compassionate understanding of the patient's suffering and our own. It is work at the foundations of the human encounter. His way of listening and working opens a door to the exploration and understanding of the sensual levels of the earliest experiences and thence to the relief of early disturbances in our most distressed and difficult to reach patients.

His approach to listening and to technique is useful to both psychotherapists and psychoanalysts. It helps all clinicians to grasp what may be at the heart of therapeutic impasse and breakdown in our most challenging work.

Dr. Lobardi's presentations will include:

Body-Mind Dissociation and Child Analysis:
Two Clinical Cases

Entering One's Own Life as a Goal of Treatment

The Working Through of Death

Conference includes lectures, case presentations, large and small group discussions, and a dinner on Saturday night. 


  1. Describe at least two clinical examples in which the avoidance of addressing a body-mind dissociation can result in a treatment impasse or breakdown. (Riccardo Lombardi's presentation)

  2. Identify in a clinical vignette an example of a patient establishing a relationship with their body and describe the impact on the therapeutic relationship. (Riccardo Lombardi's presentation)

  3. Demonstrate in a clinical example the unfolding of a life-death/paralysis in a patient and then the patient's discovery of body-life functions. (Riccardo Lombardi's presentation, "Entering One's Own Life")

  4. Identify at least two clinical examples of bodily countertransference and the impact of your awareness on your clinical work. (Caroline Sehon's presentation)

  5. Describe a clinical example of a patient's denial of limits and death and at least two ways this denial influences the therapeutic relationship. (Joseph Weber's presentation)

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Full Conference Fee:

$505 ($485 early bird—21 days prior to conference)
IPI Members: $350
Associate members: $400
Full-time students: $150

Saturday Morning lecture and group discussion: 


CE Credit 

Full Conference:

14 hours approx.

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

2.5 hours

 The International Psychotherapy Institute, IPI, is approved by The American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. The International Psychotherapy Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6017. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The International Psychotherapy Institute is responsible for all aspects of the programs. The International Psychotherapy Institute is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. The International Psychotherapy Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers.

Participants are responsible for verifying that IPI CE credit is accepted by the licensing boards in their own states. 

Please note: At this time we are aware that CE credit for this conference will not be accepted by the New Jersey Board of Social Work.

acep  apa

ACEP No. 6017

 Saturday Morning Only

Lecture and small group discussion

Entering One's Own Life as a Goal of Treatment

Riccardo Lombardi, MD

9-11 am

Small Group Discussion
11 am – noon

The lecture only is FREE. Attend both the lecture & the Small Group Discussion following the lecture for $10 and receive 2.5 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.