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Eleventh Annual Summer School Immersion Course in

Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy

Featuring: Jon Frederickson, MSW
Thomas M. Brod, MD

Sunday, June 5-Friday, June 10, 2016

Building Capacity in the Fragile Patient

At the Graves Mountain Lodge (
Syria, Virginia 22743 540-923-4231

Fee and CE/CME Award

Fee: $1650 includes tuition, lodging and meals

CE/CME Credits - 32

Imagine you are studying with highly skilled Short Term Dynamic Therapy clinicians within a group of devoted students, surrounded by the mountains of the Shenandoah National Park. You are able to study videotapes and discuss clinical issues all day long and party all night with your new-found friends. Surrounded by nature, in the early evening you watch black bears amble down from the mountains to nibble cherries from the nearby orchard. You sit on the porch in front of your room gazing out over the mountain valleys watching the sunset. This is not a fantasy. It is the Summer School of the Washington School of Psychiatry Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy Training Program. Come join us for our annual intensive training week!

Theme: Building Capacity in the Fragile Patient

We often imagine that if we just regulate anxiety in the fragile patient that our work is done. In fact, this is only the first step. The key issue is restructuring the system of resistance: splitting and projecting. Unable to bear feelings and desires inside, fragile patients project them outside. Our task is to help them bear mixed feelings inside without projecting those feelings and desires onto other people.

We will focus on subtle aspects of work: graded pressure, pressure with projections, pressure to consciousness of splitting, working with psychotic fantasies, providing defenses when the patient needs them, and dosage.

In this summer school we will focus on the subtleties of building capacity in fragile patients: restructuring the pathway of anxiety discharge, restructuring the system of resistance, increasing affect tolerance, and developing self-observing capacity. These important principles can be applied to work with all of our patients, allowing the therapeutic alliance to pave the way for an “unlocking” to happen naturally, rather than trying to force it to happen unnaturally.



Graves Mountain Lodge is located just outside Syria, Virginia, a two and one half hour drive from Washington, D.C.



Some may wish to rent a car. Those of you needing a ride should contact Jon Frederickson, in advance. We will do our best to arrange rides for you to the summer school.



Fee paid directly in advance to the Washington School of Psychiatry. Rooms are modest but nice, usually with a wonderful view of the valley. We have reserved a set of rooms for the summer school, so all reservations must be made through the Washington School of Psychiatry or 202-237-2700.



Single and double rooms are available. The lodge is in the mountains and the temperature will probably be in the 70’s to low 80’s during the day and cool down at night into the fifties. Hiking, fishing, horse riding, and swimming are all possible at Graves Mountain Lodge.


Nota Bene:

When we say this is out in the country, we aren’t kidding! There is no cell phone service available. You must drive about ten miles away to get cell phone service. But wireless internet is available.


Housing fee covers dinner Sunday, all meals Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, breakfast and dinner on Wednesday. Meals are buffet style in a Southern country style. We eat together.


For those traveling by airplane, Dulles International Airport is closest to the summer school. Next closest is Reagan/National Airport.

Summer School 2015 Schedule

Sunday, June 7 Arrival and registration
2-3 pm Jon Frederickson—Welcome and introductions
3-5 pm Jon Frederickson---Presentation:

Monday, June 8 9-1 Jon Frederickson—
1-2 Lunch

2-4 Jon Frederickson---
4-5 Group process
6:30 Dinner

Tuesday, June 9 9-1 Tom Brod ---Case presentation
1-2 Lunch
2-4 Tom Brod---Case presentation
4-5 Group process
6:30 Dinner

Wednesday, June 10 9-12 Tom Brod---Case presentation
12-6 Play day: go for a hike, a horse ride, take a swim, or nap!
6:30 Dinner

Thursday, June 11 9-1 Group supervision---video, transcript, or role play your patient
1-2 Lunch
2-4 Group supervison
4-5 Group process

Friday, June 12 9-12 Group Supervision
12-1 Group process and Goodbyes


Directions to the summer school from Dulles airport:

I-66 West
Route 29 South at Gainesville via Exit 43 A
Continue until 7 miles South of Culpepper.
Right on Route 609. Continue for 9 miles.
Right on North 231. Continue for one half mile.
Left on Route 670. Continue four miles.
Graves Mountain Lodge on the left.
Take the lane up to the large white building.
The summer school is held on the ground floor.
Go to the office on the second floor to register and get your room key.
If you get lost, call the Lodge at 540-923-4231.



 Jon Frederickson, MSW, is the founder and a faculty member of the ISTDP Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry, Chair of the ISTDP Core Training Program at the Norwegian Society of ISTDP, faculty of the Laboratorium Psykoeducaji in Warsaw and the Italian EDT Society. He is also the founder of the ISTDP Institute,

He has a private practice in psychotherapy and supervision in Washington, D.C. He has presented in the US, Canada, Great Britain, France, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Poland, and Italy. He is the author of Co-Creating Change: Effective Dynamic Therapy Techniques  

Thomas Brod, MD is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA. He is a graduate of the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute (now known as the New Center for Psychoanalysis, NCP) and is presently Senior Faculty, NCP, where he also co-directs the Film & Mind Program. He trained in ISTDP with Robert Neborsky, Patricia Coughlin, and Josette Ten Have-de Labije—but predominantly under Habab Davanloo.  Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, he is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Senior Fellow of the Biofeedback Certifying Institute of America, and maintains professional memberships in national and local societies for medicine, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, hypnosis, biofeedback and neurofeedback.



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.