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Our Country 'Tis of We and Them: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on our Fractured American Identity

March 24, 2018, 9AM-5PM

Registration and continental breakfast, 8:30-9AM. Lunch also will be provided.

Keynote speaker:

Dorothy Evans Holmes, PhD, ABPP, FABP

Continuing Education Credit Hours

6 Diversity CE/CME

Fees for Continuing Education Credits

Non-Members $195
Current WSP Members $135
Current WSP Students $45 (lower student rate)


Dr. Holmes will present her psychoanalytic conceptualization of our American identity, which she sees as fractured between noble tendencies and principles on the one hand, and our irreducible baser tendencies, including hate and its derivative expressions in the "-isms."  Her paper will include two clinical examples--one focused on class and the other on race and class.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define the psychodynamic meaning of American identify conflict (AIC);
  2. Recognize evidences of AIC in cultural doctrines, training institutions, supervisory experiences, and clinical work;
  3. Analyze AIC in therapeutic work with patients;
  4. Critique psychodynamic literature, training curricula and clinical write-ups for their inclusion and exclusion of AIC.



Dorothy Evans Holmes, PhD, ABPP, FABP

Dr. Holmes is a Teaching, Training, and Supervising Analyst in the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. She is Professor Emeritus at the George Washington University where she was Program Director and Director of Clinical Training of the Professional PsyD Program. She is also Teaching, Training and Supervising Analyst Emeritus at the Baltimore Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis. Dr. Holmes has written extensively on intrapsychic influences of race, gender and their impact on psychoanalytic treatment process. She is currently serving as Chair of the Committee on Race and Ethnicity in APsaA's Department of Psychoanalytic Education.

Her presentation at the Washington School of Psychiatry will focus on the splits in national identity (our country 'tis of we and them), and on how these splits historically and presently are evident in all of us and in the treatment situation.


8:30-9  Registration and continental breakfast
9-10:30  Introduction and keynote presentation
10:45-12:30  Small and large group discussions.
1:30- 4   Large and small group sessions
4-5  Plenary and closing





Online registration is closed now. But as a few seats remain, you may register at the door.


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.