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Living Through and Working Through

Presenter: Jon Frederickson, MSW

January 12, 2019, 9AM-5PM

Check in, continental breakfast, 8:30-9AM

Continuing education credit hours



Regular $180


  • Contributing $144
  • Sustaining $126
  • Silver $117
  • Gold $108

WSP Current Students $60

Other students please contact the administrative office before registering.

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

As the writer William Faulkner once said, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” And what better example of that can we find than in the ways patients relive their traumas from the past in their present life. Every therapist knows that what patients cannot put into words they will put into action. The question becomes: how do we help patients move from reliving their traumas in therapy to being able to work through those traumas so that they become free to live into life in a new way.  

We will study a videotaped three-hour initial session with a woman who had been in therapy for over twenty years. Her therapy had helped her understand her past cognitively, but it had not changed her emotionally. She was still suffering from depression, anxiety, and a series of relationships with abusive men.



Attendees will be able to:

  • work through traumatic memories and experiences
  • build patients' capacity bear what was once unbearable
  • help patients see and let go of  projections onto the therapist
  • identify dissociated self-states and integrate them into a coherent narrative.


9 am- 10:15     Recognizing enacted memories of trauma
10:15-10: 45    Coffee
10:45-12          Bearing the unbearable: empathic living through together
12-1pm            Lunch
1-2:15              Linking of memories from the past to suffering in the present
2:15-2:45         Coffee
2:45-4              Integration
4-5                   Discussion


Jon Frederickson, MSW, is on the faculty of the Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry. He also teaches at the Laboratorium Psykoeducaji in Warsaw and the Ersta Skondal Hogskole in Stockholm. Jon has provided ISTDP training in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, India, Italy, Australia, Canada, 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. Co-Creating Change, won the first prize in psychiatry in 2014 at the British Medical Association Book Awards, and it is published in Farsi and Polish. The Lies We Tell Ourselves is published in Polish, Farsi, and Danish. And it will soon be translated into Norwegian and Chinese. 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 .


This program is now full.

The program is on schedule. We believe the weather will not interrupt us here in DC.

If you feel that you cannot attend, please let us know - email is best at this point, - there are people that may be able to take your seat if can't use it.



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.