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Real Motivation for Change

How Do You Find Your Glasses When You Cannot See?

redonSept. 24, 2016, 9:30AM- 5PM

(Registration begins at 9AM)

CE Award

6 CE\CME Credits


$180 Regular
$120 Current WSP Members
$30 Current WSP Students

Other students please contact the administrative office.

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

Online registration:

We want our patients to get better.  We want them to do what they need to do in order to get better.  But how do we get them to have the “will power” or “motivation” to fully engage in this difficult journey?  I am sure that this does not apply to you, but I certainly have all too often thought that my own enthusiasm for them reaching their goals would be the force that would carry my patients forward to a successful outcome.  Somehow that never worked.  On the other hand, without our own hopes for their wholeness and a vision for their potential, we cannot be of much help either.  How do we encourage our patients to do their best without thinking that we can do it for them?

Motivation for health comes from the healthy part of the self – the ego.  This motivation becomes buried under the domination of the punitive superego.  How do we help someone to be motivated when their motivation is buried?

In this workshop Allen Kalpin will engage participants in a discussion of these issues by using audiovisual clinical vignettes from the psychotherapy session of a few patients suffering from a range of problems, including severe ego fragility.


Allen Kalpin, MD practices and teaches ISTDP in Ontario, Canada. He also practices addiction medicine. He is a founder, past president, and current board member of the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association (IEDTA) and past president of the (Canadian) General Practice Psychotherapy Association (GPPA). He has published many articles on ISTDP and has taught at EDT and ISTDP conferences and workshops in France, Spain, Italy, Denmark, the United States, and Canada. In his psychotherapy work he includes an overt focus on mindfulness.



By the end of this 6 hour workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Define “conscious therapeutic alliance” and to recognize evidence of it in the psychotherapeutic interaction;
  2. Define “unconscious therapeutic alliance” and to recognize evidence of it in the psychotherapeutic interaction;
  3. Discuss the relationship between the therapeutic alliance and the concept of “motivation;”
  4. Describe the role of the punitive superego in interfering with the establishment of both aspects of the therapeutic alliance, and thus with effective motivation for change;
  5. Recognize appropriate approaches to helping patients gain access to motivational forces based on their position on the diagnostic spectrum;
  6. Compare some of the differing approaches to creating an alliance with the ego among various notable ISTDP practitioners;
  7. Discern my own tendencies to try to “carry” the patient rather than encourage the patient to “carry” themselves.



9:00-9:30 Refreshments and Registration
9:30-9:45 Introduction: Therapeutic Alliance, Superego Pathology, and Motivation
9:45-10:15 Case presentation and Discussion
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-12:00 Case Presentation and Discussion
12:00-1:15 Lunch break
1:15-2:45 Case Presentation and Discussion
2:45-3:00 Break
3:-00-4:30 Case Presentation and Discussion
4:30-5:00 Wrap-up and Summary Discussion

Dr. Kalpin will offer group supervision on Sunday September 25th. Please contact Margo Silberstein, Ed.D.  to arrange a supervision slot or for more information.


Online registration is closed. Please call the office if you would still like to attend.


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.