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The Existential Sensibility: Self and Psychotherapy in an Uncertain World

Co-sponsored by the Center for Existential Studies

Friday, Apr. 7, 2017

Conference 1:30-4:45 PM

Public Lecture 7-8:30 PM

Saturday, Apr. 8, 2017

Conference 10 AM - 6:10 PM

Carlo Strenger PhD, Special Guest Presenter:

The Search for Meaning in the 21st Century

Additional Presentations by:

Megan Flood, MSW:

Bonnie And Clyde: Finding Meaning Through Excitement, Fear, Fantasy And Play In The Therapeutic Relationship

Jane Prelinger, MSW and Michael Stiers, PhD:  

Intimations Of The End: Death Anxiety In The Consulting Room And In Our Lives

Michael Stadter, PhD:

On Being Present and Human: Existential Themes in Psychotherapy (and Life)

Fees and Credit Hours

Friday-Saturday, 10 CE:

Full conference - $300
Current WSP Members $200
Current WSP Students $100

Public lecture, Friday evening, only:

$45, Professional, with 1.5 CE
$15, General Admission, without professional credits

 

We live and practice in challenging and uncertain times.  Grounded in awareness of our mortality, the existential sensibility focuses on central aspects of the human condition. Some prominent features are freedom, responsibility, aloneness, guilt, and the search for meaning. Additional themes include authenticity, being and becoming, despair, anxiety, acceptance, and living in the present moment.

These are themes we will explore during our day and a half conference. The format will include presentations and discussion, small discussion groups, and a case consultation.

Friday evening April 7th special guest Dr. Carlo Strenger will present a lecture “The Search for Meaning in the 21st Century” for conference participants. The lecture will also be open to the wider community.

 

CARLO STRENGER, PHD (see his wikipedia page)

Carlo Strenger is a Swiss and Israeli psychologist, philosopher, existential psychoanalyst and public intellectual who serves as professor of psychology and philosophy at Tel Aviv University. He is senior research fellow at the Center for the Study of Terrorism at John Jay College, a member of the Seminar for Existential Psychoanalysis in Zurich, on the Terrorism Monitoring Panel of the World Federation of Scientists, and the Scientific Board of the Sigmund Freud Foundation in Vienna. His research focuses on the impact of globalization on meaning and personal and group identity.

Dr. Strenger has been practicing existential psychoanalysis and has consulted with executives, entrepreneurs, academics, business people and artists, particularly at junctures of life changes, for twenty-five years. He has published numerous papers and books, including Individuality: the Impossible Project, The Designed Self, The Quest for Voice in Contemporary Psychoanalysis, The Fear of Insignificance: Searching for Meaning in the 21st Century, and Freud’s Legacy in the Global Era.  He is also a columnist for Haaretz and for Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

JANE PRELINGER MSW

Jane Prelinger is a founding Co-Director of the Center for Existential Studies and Psychotherapy. She is on the faculty of the Washington School of Psychiatry, the International Psychotherapy Institute, and the CAPP program at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She has traveled to China three times to teach couple therapy.  She has a private practice of psychotherapy and supervision in Northwest DC.

MICHAEL STIERS PHD

Michael J. Stiers is a clinical psychologist in private practice at Dupont Circle and Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.   His practice includes individual psychotherapy, couple therapy and group therapy.  He is a founding Co-Director of the Center of Existential Studies and Psychotherapy.  He is the former Executive Director of the Washington School of Psychiatry in Washington D.C. and is the founding dean of the National Group Psychotherapy Institute.  Dr. Stiers served as an adjunct professor of Medical and Clinical Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Stiers has published articles pertaining to group development, object relations, multiculturalism and mourning.  He has taught nationally and internationally and has been recognized by Washingtonian magazine as one of the Top Therapists in the Washington, D.C. area.

MICHAEL STADTER PHD

Michael Stadter is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Bethesda. His practice includes long-term and brief psychotherapy, clinical supervision and organizational consultation. His faculty positions include: Faculty at The Center For Existential Studies and Psychotherapy, Faculty at the Washington School of Psychiatry and Board Member and Founding Faculty Member of the International Psychotherapy Institute. Dr. Stadter is the author of a number of publications including the books, Presence and the Present: Relationship and Time in Contemporary Psychodynamic Therapy and Object Relations Brief Therapy: The Relationship in Short-term Work.  Additionally, he has been repeatedly recognized by the Washingtonian magazine as one of the top psychotherapists in the Washington, DC area and has been frequently invited to teach nationally and internationally.


MEGAN FLOOD MSW

Megan Flood is in private practice in Dupont Circle (DC), where she provides individual and couple psychotherapy, and clinical supervision. Megan specializes in reproductive mental health, including infertility, pregnancy loss, and perinatal mood disorders. She is a member of the faculty of the Washington School of Psychiatry, and is an adjunct faculty member at The National School of Social Service at The Catholic University of America.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES

Conference participants will be able to:

1. List the themes emphasized by an existential sensibility
2. Describe how awareness of existential issues enhances clinical work
3. Assess the impact of death anxiety on clinical work
4. Discuss the relationship between therapist and client in a clinical case
5. Describe the impact of globalization on the search for meaning
6. Assess the impact of technology on connectedness

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY Apr. 7

1:30-2:00    REGISTRATION

2:00- 3:30    INTRODUCTION TO CONFERENCE AND PRESENTATION:

On Being Present and Human: Existential Themes in Psychotherapy (and Life)
Michael Stadter, PhD

3:30-3:45 COFFEE BREAK

3:45-4:45 SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION (ASSIGNMENTS IN PACKETS)

7:00-8:30   PUBLIC LECTURE

“THE SEARCH FOR MEANING IN THE 21STCENTURY”

Carlo Strenger PhD

SATURDAY Apr. 8

10:00-11:30 CASE PRESENTATION AND CONSULTATION

“BONNIE AND CLYDE: FINDING MEANING THROUGH EXCITEMENT, FEAR, FANTASY AND PLAY IN THE THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP”

Megan Flood MSW, CASE PRESENTER
Carlo Strenger PhD, CONSULTANT

11:30-11:45   BREAK

11:45-12:45    SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION

12:45-2:15      LUNCH Break

2:15-3:45        PRESENTATION:

 “INTIMATIONS OF THE END: DEATH ANXIETY IN THE CONSULTING ROOM”
Jane Prelinger, MSW and Michael Stiers, PhD

3:45-4:00   BREAK

4:00-5:00   SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION

5:00-5:10 Break

5:10-6:10    FINAL MOMENTS

Registration
— for the full conference


Cancellations and Refunds

Refunds will be made for cancellations received at the School office in writing at least 10 days before the seminar date and are subject to a non-refundable administrative fee of $50.

Who should attend?

The workshop is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, physicians, medical students, and other graduate students.

Accreditation

The Washington School of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Washington School of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The School is approved by the Social Work Board of the State of Maryland as a provider of continuing education for social workers in DC, MD, VA and WV.

The Washington School of Psychiatry has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6388. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Washington School of Psychiatry is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

The School is accredited by MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School designates each session for a maximum of _ of AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Commercial Support and the Unlabeled use of a commercial product. No member of the planning committee and no member of the faculty for this event have a financial interest or other relationship with any commercial product.