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Sponsored by The Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy Faculty

Depression: When Anger Goes Inward

Presenter: Jon Frederickson, MSW

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, 9AM-5PM

(Registration and continental breakfast, 8:30-9)

CE/CME continuing education

6 credit hours


Regular fee $200

Current WSP Member $160

Current WSP Student $75

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

For your comfort, remember to bring a sweater or to dress with layers. 


To treat depression, we must know what causes it. And by learning to assess each patient response, we can figure out what causes depression even in the therapy. Then we can address the cause and help the patient overcome her depression.

In this videotape presentation of a therapy session, we will learn how to identify what makes patients depressed so we can help them recover. The patient had suffered for years in spite of various therapies. She had a pattern of over-working, doing the work of others, and not being able to stand up for herself. Her husband was unemployed by choice, so she was the sole source of support. Due to her self-criticism, she couldn’t see her genuine capacities and strengths.

Through the moment-to-moment analysis of the session, we will learn how to support depressed patients, how to help them build the inner strength they need to face the feelings they have feared, and how to help them bear together with us what they could not bear alone.


Jan. 11

8:30-9 Registration

9 am- 10:15     How to assess what causes depression in session
10:15-10: 45 Break   
10:45-12          Developing self-compassion as a substitute for self-criticism
12-1pm            Lunch
1-2:15             Strengthening the depressed patient
2:15-2:45 Break        
2:45-4              Integrating the impact of maternal hatred
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, Dubai, 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, and soon in Spanish. The Lies We Tell Ourselves is published in Polish, Farsi, and Danish, and will be published in Norwegian this year and soon in 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 .



Online registration is closed. To check availability of space, please call the office.


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.