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Trauma and Addiction

Sunday, June 2, 2019, 9AM – 5PM

(Registration and brunch, 8:30-9)

Jon Frederickson, MSW

Credits and Fees

6 CE/CME credit hours

Regular Fee: $180

WSP Members:

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

Current WSP students: $30

Other students, please contact the administrative office

5028 Wisconsin Ave NW, #400, Washington DC 20016


During the opioid crisis, much mention is made of the need for treatment. What is little known is that psychotherapy has been repeatedly found to increase rates of recovery in people suffering from addiction. Why? Because many people suffering from addiction also suffer from psychological disorders. And the incidence of trauma in this group is sky high.

In this presentation, we will study videotaped initial sessions of a series of traumatized addicts to understand how trauma affects patients’ ability to enter treatment, to trust a clinician, and to find motivation to work on their addiction.

You will learn how to:

---assess anxiety in patients entering treatment
---how to deactivate projections that would create a misalliance
---how to mobilize the patient’s will to enter treatment
---how to see the clues of trauma in the opening minutes of a session



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 .



At this time, Thursday afternoon, May 30, we have 6 places left for this conference. The button will not accept registrations beyond these 6.

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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 Washington School of Psychiatry is accredited by MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Washington School of Psychiatry 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.