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Washington School of Psychiatry

Sponsored by the Center for Couple and Family Studies

Oedipus Wrecks Extramarital Affairs as Manic Defense: Turning a Blind Eye to Mourning

A Day with Shelley Nathans, PhD
Case presentation by Rolando J. Fuentes, MSW

Saturday, March 23, 2019 9AM - 5PM

CE/CME Award: 6 credit hours

At the Washington School of Psychiatry
5028 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 400, Washington DC 20016


Regular $180

WSP Members

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

WSP Current Students $60

Other students please contact the administrative office before registering.


nathansShelley Nathans, PhD, is a member of the teaching faculties of The California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, The Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Group training program, The Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California and The Contemporary Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Program in New York City. She is co-editor (with Milton Schaefer) of the book Couples on the Couch: Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy and the Tavistock Model (Routledge, 2017). She is in private practice in both San Francisco and Oakland, California.

Rolando J. Fuentes, MSW, is a clinical social worker and psychotherapist in Washington DC. He works in a bilingual, Spanish-speaking, private elementary school in the Mount Pleasant DC neighborhood offering clinical support to students, staff, and families. Additionally he maintains a private practice in Woodley Park, where he specializes in the treatment of cross-cultural couples and families as well as individual adults. He offers therapy in both English and Spanish. He is a member of the steering committee of the Washington School of Psychiatry?s Center for Couple and Family Studies.



  1. Describe infidelity from a developmental point of view.
  2. Discuss the concept of the Oedipus complex and list at least two types of unresolved Oedipal issues that may underlie affairs.
  3. Describe the concept of triangulation in a couple relationship.
  4. Describe two possible ways unconscious attacks on the couple relationship can be acted out in infidelity.


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.