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Sponsored by the ISTDP Faculty

Penetrating the Prison of Shame:
A Video Analysis of the Change Process

Susan Warshow, LCSW, Board Certified Diplomate, LMFT, guest presenter

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 9AM to 5PM

(Check-in/registration and continental breakfast, 9-9:30AM)

Fees and Credits

Regular fee $180
Current WSP members: $120
Current WSP students: $60

6 CE/CME credits

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

A gentleman with a dismissive, avoidant attachment style enters the office. After years of prior therapy and medication management for anxiety, panic and depression, he is dissatisfied with the results, and his symptoms can be considered treatment-resistant. It is all too easy for the therapist to share his sense of hopelessness. In this presentation, however, participants will discover key principles and types of interventions that enable the therapist to form an emotional connection with a man who has remained distant from others throughout his life. Therapeutic skills to address his profound shame and self-contempt, which have dominated his psyche for many decades, will be highlighted through discussion and experiential activities.

Through the use of video presentation and in experiential skill-building, participants will examine key principles and interventions to incorporate into their own authentic style, in their work with shame, anxiety, guilt and defense. They will witness an approach to undoing toxic shame that calls for a non-authoritarian, collaborative relational stance that offers clear choices to the client throughout the process. In this process the client connects to a sense of not being alone and also experiences the therapist’s faith in his capacity. Transference of compassion for self and neurobiological attunement will be demonstrated and explored experientially, as they are considered central to the formation of deep relationship and to the integration of unconscious affects. This client will describe rapid, significant symptom relief and also communicate that there are indications of gradual characterological change. 



Workshop attendees will be able to:

  1. Apply interventions to surmount shame
  2. Discuss the process of transference of compassion for self
  3. Articulate a graded approach to emotion processing
  4. Describe key elements in creating and sustaining a focused alliance.


Susan Warren Warshow LCSW, Board Certified Diplomate, LMFT is the founder of the Dynamic Emotion Focused Therapy Institute (DEFT), which was established in January, 2012. She is a member of the faculty of the ISTDP Institute and a Certified IEDTA Teacher/Supervisor. She has a private practice in Woodland Hills, CA, treating individuals and couples. She also offers clinical supervision, online therapy, coaching and consultation.

Ms. Warshow is an international and national conference presenter and frequently offers workshops and lectures to professional organizations and educational institutions throughout L. A. County. Her former employment includes Supervisor and Coordinator of Continuing Education at the Department of Psychiatry at Northridge Hospital. At the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring, she produced over 100 public presentations on child abuse and neglect in L.A. County and was the media director for L.A.’s first child abuse hotline.


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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 6_ 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.