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Essentials of Object Relations Family Therapy

A videotaped consultation with the family of a traumatized child

John Zinner, MD

Friday, December 4, 2015, 12:30 to 4PM, 3 credit hours

Registration 12:30-1, Program 1-4

At the Washington School of Psychiatry, 5028 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington DC 20016


Dr. Zinner will discuss how the impact of the trauma on this child had severe consequences for each family member as well as for the group as a whole. Anger and blaming replace needed understanding and support. In this videotaped conjoint family consultation, a psychoanalytically informed approach aims to understand the underpinnings of the maladaptive family response and to restore collaborative functioning within the family group.

Registration fees

$90 Regular
$72 Current WSP Members
$30 Current WSP Students


​John Zinner, MD, is a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist who has a special interest in couple and family dynamics and treatment. This interest originated in his research at the National Institute of Mental Health, where he and his colleagues unearthed and described family interactions which contributed to emotional breakdowns in adolescents who were separating from their parents to attend college or enter the work world. Dr. Zinner maintains an active clinical practice and is Vice Chair of the Contemporary Psychoanalytic Couple and Family Therapy Training Program at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. He is Clinical Professor at the George Washington University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. There he teaches psychiatric residents as they begin their first experience in providing psychoanalytic psychotherapy.


Participants will be able to:

  • bridge intrapsychic and interpersonal dynamics using the concept of projective identification.
  • identify shared unconscious family assumptions.
  • describe a technique designed to convert family conflict to empathy and constructive internalization.



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.


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.