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Overcoming Unconscious Forces in Treatment Resistant Depression:
A Videotaped Treatment

Presenter: Jon Frederickson, MSW

Satuday and Sunday, January 16-17, 2016

Sat. 9-5pm, Sun. 10-4pm

CE Award:

10.75 credit hours

Washington School of Psychiatry, 5028 Wisconsin Ave NW #400, Washington DC 20016

How do we work with patients who remain depressed in spite of multiple previous treatments? Why are they depressed? What do they do in session that creates depression? This videotaped case presentation will show moment to moment how to assess the patient, how to identify unconscious defenses that cause depression, and how to help the patient build the capacity to bear her unconscious feelings without getting depressed instead.

You will learn how to:

  1. identify unconscious defenses that cause depression
  2. help the patient see and let go of treatment destructive defenses
  3. build the capacity to bear intense feelings without getting depressed
  4. identify and deactivate depression causing factors such as insecure attachment patterns and pathological mourning.

A video of three hour initial session with a patient will show in detail how to identify and intervene when depression causing mechanisms are at work.



9-9:30 Registration
9:30-11 Defenses patients use in session that cause depression
11-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12:30 Deactivating treatment destructive behavior
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:45 Building capacity in the depressed patient
2:45-3 Coffee break
3-5 Tailoring the intensity of the therapy to the patient’s abilities


10-12 Working through unresolved grief
12-1 Lunch
1-1:20 Discussion: Carolyn Curcio, chair, Clinical Program on Psychotherapy Practice
1:20-1:40 Discussion: Jane Nielsen, chair, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program
1:40-2 Discussion: Patricia Golding, chair, Fundamental Concepts and Techniques of Psychodynamic Practice
2-2:30 Responses: Jon Frederickson
2:30-2:45 coffee break
2:45-4 Audience discussion


Jon Frederickson, MSW, is on the faculty of the Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry. He is also on the faculty of the Laboratorium Psykoeducaji in Warsaw and teaches at the Ersta Skondal University in Stockholm. Jon provides ISTDP training in Sweden, Denmark, Poland, India, Australia, and the U.S. He is the author of over thirty published papers and two books, Co-Creating Change: Effective Dynamic Therapy Techniques and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Learning to Listen from Multiple Perspectives. His book, Co-Creating Change, won the first prize in psychiatry in 2014 at the British Medical Association Book Awards. His forthcoming book is The Embrace: how the truth heals in therapy. He has DVDs of actual sessions with patients who previously failed in therapy at his website There you will also find skill-building exercises designed to help therapists acquire the interventions skills necessary to develop and maintain an effective focus. He writes posts on ISTDP at


Regular $325
WSP Current Members $225
WSP Current Students $100

Other students please contact the administrative office.


Online registration has ended, but you may register at the door.

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.