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The Washington School of Psychiatry Is pleased to announce its Twelfth Annual

Summer School Immersion Course

Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy


Jon Frederickson, MSW
Lawson Sachter, MSW

Sunday, June 4-Friday, June 9, 2017

Location: Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria, Virginia 22743

Fee: $1650, includes tuition, lodging, and meals.

Space is limited.  Your space is reserved once we receive your fee.

For more information, contact Jon Frederickson at 

CEU’s: 27. 

Register online at

Imagine you are studying with highly skilled 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. We study session videotapes and discuss clinical issues, while facing the truths of being human in this peaceful mountain valley, within a community of old and new-found friends. Come join us for our annual intensive training week!

Zen and Psychotherapy: Developing the Therapist as a Person 

The most important ingredient of successful psychotherapy is the emotional health and depth of the therapist’s emotional capacity. Research has shown that the effectiveness between therapy models is small, but the differences between therapists in any model is huge. Thus, our growth and development is essential if we are to become effective healers.

Lawson and Jon will help facilitate your growth as therapists by drawing on Zen and psychotherapy. They will help you open up to your depths through practicing skills drawn both from therapy and Zen, including Zen talks, meditation, study of clinical videotapes, discussion, and supervision.

Both psychotherapy and Zen meditation are designed to induce a heightened state of awareness, to open up the unconscious. Both seek to help the patient and the therapist become at one with the emotional truth of this moment.  By seeing and letting go of distractions (defenses), we become open to the truth.  Both ISTDP and meditation invite us into the unpredictable, moment-by-moment aliveness of being present.   

This process of inner attention is known in Zen Buddhism as meditation.  In therapy, we pay exquisite attention to the moment and to the interaction between the patient and the therapist. Meditation invites us to trust our own unconscious. Therapy invites us to trust the patient's unconscious and our own. 

Of course, therapy works only if we work. And our work is first with ourselves, our growth, our ability to bear the discomfort of our being. How can we help a patient go somewhere if we have not gone there ourselves? This summer school will focus not only on how the patient grows, but also on how we can grow as therapists, both personally and professionally.

Summer School 2017 Schedule

Sunday, June 4  Arrival and registration
            2-3 pm   Jon Frederickson—Welcome and introductions
           3-5 pm   Lawson and Jon: Being present as a therapist
Monday, June 5              9-1        Lawson and Jon: Tolerating not knowing in the therapist
                                    1-2        Lunch

                                    2-4        Lawson and Jon: Tolerating discomfort in the therapist
                                    4-5       Group process
                                    6:30      Dinner

Tuesday, June 6             9-1        Lawson and Jon: Accepting everything in the therapist
                                    1-2        Lunch
                                    2-4        Lawson and Jon: Accepting resistance in the therapist
                                    4-5       Group process
                                    6:30      Dinner

Wednesday, June 7         9-12     Lawson and Jon:
12-6     Play day: go for a hike, a horse ride, take a swim, or nap!
                                                      6:30      Dinner

Thursday, June 8            9-1       Group supervision---video, transcript, or role play your patient
                                    1-2        Lunch
                                    2-4        Group supervision
                                    4-5       Group process
Friday, June 9                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 Chair 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.

Lawson Sachter, MSW, is both a psychotherapist with a private practice in Asheville, NC, and a Zen teacher sanctioned by Roshi Philip Kapleau, author of The Three Pillars of Zen. He is the president and co-founder of Windhorse Zen Community (, and spiritual director of the Florida Clearwater Zen Center. His Zen practice began in 1969, and since then he has participated in, or conducted, over 200 meditation retreats. His training in ISTDP began in the late 1980’s, and for the past 20 years has attended numerous workshops lead by Dr. Habib Davanloo in Montreal. For the past 25 years, much of his personal and professional work has centered on the integration of Eastern and Western systems of intrapsychic change, and some of his writings can be found online at


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

Access: 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.

Housing:  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.
Accommodations: 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: Because we are so far in the country, cell phone service is not always available, but wireless internet is always available.
Food:  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.
Travel:  For those traveling by airplane, Dulles International Airport is closest to the summer school.  Next closest is Reagan/National Airport.  For directions, see below.  
View:  To learn more about this place, go to From past experience, we can guarantee it is far more beautiful than what you see on the web.



May 18: Registration is now complete.


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.