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Heart to Heart Communication:
speaking to the patient's unconscious longing to become well

Presenter: Jon Frederickson, MSW

January 13-14, 2018,

Saturday 9:30AM-5PM and Sunday 10AM-4:30PM

(Check-in/registration and continental breakfast, 9 Sat., 9:30 Sun.)

CE/CME Credit hours



Regular $330
Current WSP Members $220
Current WSP Students $100

Other students please contact the administrative office.

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

Patients do not get better just because they see their defenses. True healing occurs when we connect and communicate with what is beyond the patient’s awareness - the unconscious, healthy wish to get better. The question becomes: how do we reach through the defenses to mobilize the part of the patient that wants to get well? How can we recognize communications from the patient’s unconscious so that we can talk to the patient’s inner longing to be healed?

Everyone understands the importance of the conscious therapeutic alliance. But the unconscious therapeutic alliance, a bond between the therapist’s wish to heal and the patient’s wish to be healed is just as important. This heart to heart communication is vital for healing in therapy. How can we speak to the patient’s heart even if she is speaking from her head? How can we recognize the words from her depths, so that we can speak to her depths?

In this videotaped presentation, we will watch a six-hour therapy with a woman who had been in several therapies over a period of twenty years. She had a history of depression, anxiety, and “being too hard on myself.” By analyzing the session, moment by moment, we will learn how to listen to the unconscious, recognize messages from the unconscious, and how to talk to the patient’s unconscious longing to become well.



Jon Frederickson, MSW, is on the faculty of the Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry. He is also on the faculty of the Laboratorium Psykoeducaji in Warsaw and teaches at the Ersta Skondal Hogskole in Stockholm. Jon has provided ISTDP training in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, India, Australia, and the U.S.  He is the author of over fifty published papers and three books, Co-Creating Change: Effective Dynamic Therapy Techniques and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Learning to Listen from Multiple Perspectives and The Lies We Tell Ourselves. His book, Co-Creating Change, won the first prize in psychiatry in 2014 at the British Medical Association Book Awards, and it has been published in Farsi and Polish. His book The Lies We Tell Ourselves will be coming out in Polish, Farsi, Danish, and Swedish. He has DVDs of actual sessions with patients who previously failed in therapy at his websites and  There you will also find skill-building exercises designed for therapists. He writes posts on ISTDP at .


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.


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 11_ 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.