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Psychotherapy and Transcendence

An Exploration into the PsychoSpiritual Realms of Human Freedom and Compassion

Lawson Sachter, LCSW-NC

Saturday November 12, 2016 9am to 5pm

Registration/check-in 8:30-9am

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


Regular $180
WSP Current menbers $120
WSP Current Students $60

General Admission $60 ( no continuing education)

CE/CME Award:
6 credits

Other students please contact the administrative office before registering.

This one-day workshop will explore a blending of the depths of psychodynamic
psychotherapy with the non-dual teachings of Zen. Using both didactic and practice-based approaches, it will examine the rich potential inherent in working directly with the deeply mobilized unconscious.

During this time, we will use these modalities to explore the fundamental question of “What is it to help someone?” and further, in what ways do we limit ourselves through our own culturally-conditioned assumptions of self? We will also look at ways of cultivating the power of compassionate attention, and explore the ways in which the integration of the ways-of-working offered by dynamically-based psychotherapies and Zen can do so much to help dissolve obstructions, and resolve intrapsychic conflicts on both conscious and unconscious levels.


Participants will be able to:

  • Describe some of the similarities and radical differences between Western
    conceptions of the dynamic unconscious, and of the sense of self, with those found in an Asian/Buddhist worldview, with a particular emphasis on how they implicitly shape the psychotherapeutic process.
  • Use different forms of meditation practice to further integrate and deepen
    emotional shifts that arise in the course of the psychotherapeutic process and
  • Experience with greater clarity the power of the conscious and unconscious
    therapeutic alliance, and their relationship to therapeutic compassion.
  • Utilize personal meditation practices to enhance ongoing personal and professional development.


Lawson Sachter, LCSW-NC, President, Windhorse Zen Community, oversees the on-going teaching, training, and practice-based programs at Windhorse Zen Community and the Clear Water Zen Center, and maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Asheville, NC.



For last minute registration please call the office.

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.