AAP is an advanced training organization for therapists that encourages and facilitates personal and professional growth. To accomplish this we emphasize an experiential approach to training and self-awareness and value an eclectic array of diverse theoretical orientations. Since our beginning, the Academy has challenged theory and looked deeply at actual practice – particularly at the person of the therapist. We believe that active, ongoing knowing and working on ourselves is a key component to a successful therapeutic relationship with our patients. Critical to the effectiveness of this relationship is acknowledging our countertransference, the role of the unconscious, as well as owning the subjective nature of our interpretations of the “other’s” (i.e., the patient’s) thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
While some aspects of the workshop may be didactic, the bulk of the personal interaction is process-oriented much like one would experience in the precious here-and-now, I-Thou, real-time moments of individual, couples, and group psychotherapy where people relate with felt presence. This is not an evidence-based, follow-a-protocol, be careful what you say workshop. Individuals take personal risks via self-reflection, direct sharing of experience, and attunement to self and other.
Awareness of, and capacity to express ‘self,’ including one’s vulnerabilities, mirth, strength, and courage are seen as vehicles to enhance connection to oneself and others. Whether attendees are new, recently acquainted, or long-time AAP members, the possibility for personal encounter, growth, and maturation is abundant. We encourage you to set an intention to be your truest self, show up, and attend this winter workshop. The deepest of winters is thawed by the warmth and connection that can be generated in personal encounter.
This DC AAP workshop will provide you several experiences based upon your choices (first come first served).
1) Two process groWe hope you will bring your best, adventurous and imperfect selves, along with your fears, brilliance, and desires. Plan to participate fully and expand the horizons in your journey to becoming a more effective psychotherapist. We are confident that you will leave with many opportunities to discuss a leader’s interventions, possible missteps and how these may have affected you or the client. We are equally confident that you will be deeply affected by what transpires, that can have profound meaning for your sense of self and for your ability to feel invigorated anew in your work. ups that will begin Friday evening (2/23/18) either from 3-6 pm or from 4 – 7 pm. These groups will be held at the leaders’ local offices and you will be contacted with the address information, entry codes, and other relevant information. These groups will continue again Saturday afternoon, after the morning fishbowl. This is a 9-CE option.
2) Saturday Morning Fishbowl: Dr. Debbara Dingman, a long-standing senior member of the Academy from Atlanta will conduct the fishbow beginning at 9 am. (A fishbowl is a 'group within a group' instructional method for demonstrating group process this is visible to all attendees. It has the potential to both clarify and amplify group process. Dr. Dingman will lead discussion that explores and disects the interaction afterward.) Volunteers are needed for this process. Please note below if you wish to volunteer.
3) Five afternoon process groups will begin after a lunch break. These will be led by AAP-therapists (2 groups will continue from Friday evening and 3 new groups will begin Saturday afternoon). [The Saturday group led by Dr. Cohen and Dr. Weissman will meet DC Psychologists LGBT requirements].
4) Community Meeting: Following the afternoon process groups and a short break, we will commence with a large-group experience. The AAP Community Meeting will be an hour-long, leaderless space where people are free to share their experiences, speak what is on their mind or in their heart, and contribute to a ‘container’ that offers an additional means to hold both the workshop experience and the therapists in attendance.
We hope you will bring your best, adventurous and imperfect selves, along with your fears, brilliance, and desires. Plan to participate fully and expand the horizons in your journey to becoming a more effective psychotherapist. We are confident that you will leave with many opportunities to discuss a leader’s interventions, possible missteps and how these may have affected you or the client. We are equally confident that you will be deeply affected by what transpires, that can have profound meaning for your sense of self and for your ability to feel invigorated anew in your work.
If you choose a two-day (6-hour) process group, you will begin on Friday 2/23/18 in the late afternoon/early evening and continue on Saturday 2/24/18 for a full-day workshop. You will earn 9 Continuing Education Credits for the two-day workshop.
You may also choose to attend just the one-day workshop beginning on Saturday morning 2/24/18. You will earn 6 Continuing Education Credits for this one-day workshop.
Note: While the address is noted as 2100 Foxhall Road the actual entrance to the GWU Mt. Vernon Campus is on Whitehaven Parkway that runs between Foxhall Road, N.W. and McArthur Boulevard, N.W. There is signage across the street from St. Patricks Episcopal Church. Proceed up the small hill and the entrance to GWU and the FREE Parking Garage is on the left.
Alternatively, you can catch The Vern Shuttle from GW’s downtown campus for a FREE shuttle ride. Please check the Saturday schedule.
Friday Evening Process Groups: (3 of 9 CEUs): The Farber/Shaffer Group will be held from 3-6pm in Georgetown, DC. The Myers/Thestrup Group will be held from 4- 7 pm in Georgetown, DC. You will be contacted by your group leader regarding the meeting location and any entry information.
Saturday Morning: Registration begins at 8:30 am. FISHBOWL begins promptly at 9:00am and will end at 12:15. This will be led by Debbara Dingman, PhD (3CEUs).
Lunch: 12:15-1:25: A reasonably yummy lunch will be provided and will include a variety of sandwiches, salads and dessert.
Afternoon Process Groups: 1:30-4:45pm Process Groups (3CEUs). Friday evening process groups will continue. Three new groups will start. [The Saturday group led by Dr. Cohen & Dr. Weissman will meet DC Psychologists LGBT requirements].
Community Meeting: 5-6pm (end of workshop).
In order to receive your continuing education units you must attend all sessions. The breakdown is as follows:
Fishbowl Volunteers: If you would like to volunteer to be in the fishbowl please check the box for Fishbowl Volunteer when you register. We want to say - Thanks! However, please note that by checking the box you are volunteering to be in the Fishbowl but are not guaranteed a seat. Our Fishbowl leader will make the final decisions on attendance in the inner circle.
When you register online please choose from the following. We will do our best to accommodate your request.
Friday and Saturday, 9 CEU groups.
1) Jonathan Farber, Ph.D. & Diane Shaffer, Psy.D.: __________ *Leaders will contact you regarding location and parking.
2) Noah Myers, Ph.D. & Maria Thestrup, Ph.D. :___________ *Leaders will contact you regarding location and parking.
Saturday only, 6 CEU groups.
3) Kristin Staroba, LICSW & Reggie Schoonover, Ph.D. :_________
4) Burt Grennel, Ph.D. _________
5) Gordon Cohen, Psy.D. & Matt Weissman, Ph.D. _________ [This workshop will meet the new DC Psychologist requirement for 2-CEU for LGBT]
Member Fee: $90 - 6 CEU or $110 – 9 CEU
Nonmember Fee: $100 - 6 CEU or $120 – 9 CEU
Full Time Grad Student Fee: $50 - 6 CEU or $70 -9 CEU
Please use the following link to register online:
QUESTIONS: Please contact Mid Atlantic Chair - Brian Cross, Ph.D - firstname.lastname@example.org or at 202-337-9555.