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NWSP Birthday

Date:  Saturday, June 15, 2024

Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Location:  Busboys and Poets, 235 Carroll Avenue NW, Takoma DC (just one block from Takoma Metro)

Come join your New Washington School of Psychiatry colleagues to celebrate our first birthday!!

2024-25 New & Renewed Members: No Charge

For 2024-25 Paid Members who renewed before June 9, 2024*

*To renew your membership, please log into the NWSP website:

2023-24 Members: $30

For current members whom have not renewed*

*To renew your membership, please log into the NWSP website:

Non-members: $40

* To join NWSP, please click here:

Registration includes a drink ticket and hors d'oeuvres.

RSVP by Sunday, June 9th.

Looking forward to seeing all our friends and colleagues.

The NWSP Membership Committee:

Joel Kanter (Chair), Stacey Saltzman, Nora Schauble and Anisley Valdes


Jewish Experience in Racial Reckoning: Openings and Obstacles 

Speakers: Janna Sandmeyer, PhD and Julie Hyman, LCSW

Facilitator: Kate Leslie, LICSW

Date:  Sunday, May 5, 2024

Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Location: A Virtual Zoom Event

2.0 CEs Offered

Program Description:

In this program, Dr. Sandmeyer will share her thoughts about how the transgenerational transmission of trauma that has marked Jewish experience from its inception, intersects with a transgenerational transmission of privilege within the psychoanalytic psychotherapy community. While all members of dialogues addressing racial reckoning are confronted simultaneously with multiple self-other configurations that may be consciously in conflict with each other and/or unconscious and dissociated, this seemingly discordant coupling of privilege and trauma with regard to Jewish experience generally remains unspoken, is sometimes disavowed, and often results in confusing interactions that stem from split off affect states. Analogous to the psychoanalytic psychotherapy situation, the aim of this discussion is to engage these dissociated, disavowed and/or conflicted parts, such that they become accessible not just to Jewish participants, but to all participants, thereby deepening mutual understanding and expanding self-awareness. Dr. Sandmeyer will use her personal experiences, contextualized within psychoanalytic theory, to illustrate how dissociated affects states such as shame and terror can animate or impede efforts at racial reckoning within our institutes. Julie Hyman, LCSW will offer her thoughts and reflections, and Kate Leslie, LICSW, will facilitate.


After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate how Jewish peoples’ experiences of privilege and trauma inform efforts at racial reckoning.
  2. Describe the importance of intersubjective recognition in successful racial dialogue.
  3. Describe how dissociative processes impede efforts at racial reckoning.
Speaker Bio

Dr. Janna Horowitz Sandmeyer is faculty and supervisor at the New Washington School of Psychiatry and at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy + Psychoanalysis (ICP+P), where she was also the founding Chair of the Task Force for Sexual Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Sandmeyer serves on the Editorial Boards of Psychoanalytic Inquiry and Psychoanalysis, Self and Context. She has published articles in Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Psychoanalysis, Self and Context, and her article on which this presentation is based, “Transgenerational Transmission of Privilege and Trauma: Locating Jewish Experience in Racial Reckoning in Psychoanalysis” will be published in Contemporary Psychoanalysis in 2024. Dr. Sandmeyer’s writing focuses on theorizing marginalization, and she has presented internationally on sexual and gender diversity. She was the 2018 recipient of the Ralph Roughton award from the American Psychoanalytic Association. She maintains a private practice in Washington, DC.

Julie Hyman, LCSW is faculty, supervisor and training analyst at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP). At MIP, Julie helped develop the one-year program in Psychoanalysis and the Sociopolitical World and is a member of the program's advisory board and of the Committee on Race and Ethnicity (CORE). Additionally, she is faculty and supervisor at The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center (PPSC). Julie is a co-author, along with Chanda D. Griffin and Rossanna Echegoyén, of “The Secret Society: Perspectives from a Multiracial Cohort” (2020). Julie runs groups for members of psychoanalytic institutions as well as individual clinicians that explore personal and institutional relationships to whiteness, race and psychoanalysis. She is in private practice in New York City.

Kate Leslie is a licensed clinical social worker, originally from Atlanta, GA. She received her Honors Graduate BA in Modern Culture and Media (Semiotics) from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 2001, where she focused on post-colonial literature and politics. After working in social services agencies for LGBTQ youth in Portland, Oregon for several years, Kate received her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, MA. Her training placements at Smith were in San Francisco, providing psychotherapy to HIV-positive clients and transgender youth. After graduation, she received a post-masters training fellowship at the McAuley Institute at St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco, a psychiatric inpatient unit for adolescents, staffed with training analysts from the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. Following her work at McAuley, Kate was instrumental in helping to start the Masonic Center for Youth and Families out-patient clinic, alongside Dr. Terrence Owens, PhD, Dr. Paul Williams, PhD and with training from Dr. Mary Target, PhD. Her exposure to psychoanalysis in San Francisco sparked her interest in neo-Kleinian theory and has led her to focus on how fractured mind-states interact with race and racism, homo- and transphobia. She currently is in private practice in Boulder, CO.

Click here for more information and to register.

Please RSVP by: Thursday, May 2nd at 12:00pm ET.

Click here for Accreditation Statement and AMEDCO Continuing Education Certification 


presents a one-day conference 

Peace & Conflict, Power & Privilege: Co-Existing in the Face of Difference and Trauma

A Relective Citizens Adapted Event

featuring Kavita Avula, PsyD, CGP

Date:  Saturday, April 27, 2024

Time9am – 4:30pm

Location:  2111 Decatur Pl. NW, Washington, DC 20008 (Friends Meeting of Washington)

5.5 CEs offered

There are more than 110 armed conflicts among various groups worldwide, fueled by interwoven dynamics of survival, power, privilege, identity, domination, and subjugation. In the face of such overwhelming complexity, emotion, and sensation, it can be tempting to simplify and find comfort by taking sides. Yet, viewing one group as right and the other as wrong can often intensify societal fractures and deepen rifts already existing within. Through the lenses of intergenerational and chosen trauma, intersectionality, and psychodynamic and large group theories, this community event will use social dreaming, large group process and small group reflection to examine the underlying forces spurring and sustaining global violence, oppression and communal trauma.

An adapted Reflective Citizens methodology developed by Serbian colleagues Dr. Marina Mojović and Dr. Jelena Satarić will be utilized to cultivate awareness, hold intercultural complexity, and counter unconscious codes of superiority in the face of competing experiences of terror, righteousness, rage, conviction, strength and despair. This event will include social dreaming and facilitated large and small group experiences to bring forth and contain the personal and collective traumas resonating in and between each of us.

Speaker Bio

Kavita Avula, PsyD, CGP is an Indian-American licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in trauma, international psychology, unconscious bias, and large group dynamics.  For decades, Dr. Avula has served as a thought leader and partner to humanitarian and human rights organizations. She has traveled to four continents to facilitate healing and recovery in the face of war and natural disasters. She founded Therapist Beyond Borders, a boutique consulting firm that offers conflict resolution and facilitates culture change at institutions that know they are stuck. She dedicates a portion of her time to serving the Black, Brown, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BBIPOC) community and offered the first ever BBIPOC Institute at AGPA. Dr. Avula was former President of the Puget Sound Group Psychotherapy Network and has been a featured speaker at conferences nationally. When she is not facilitating a group, she can be found traveling with her family, hiking, or on a tennis court.  

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Please RSVP by: Thursday, April 25th at 12:00 pm ET

Click here for Accreditation Statement and AMEDCO Continuing Education Certification

20th Year Anniversary of the ISTDP Program

Join us to celebrate the 20th Year Anniversary of the ISTDP Program at the New Washington School of Psychiatry. Our program is the second oldest program of its kind in the world. Mingle with current and former students and faculty of the program, as well as members of the ISTDP community in the DC area. Food and drink will be provided (Passover appropriate food items will be served).

Date & Time: Saturday, April 27th @ 6:30PM

Location: St. John’s Church, Norwood Parish, 6701 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Cost: $20

Click here for more information and to register.

Please RSVP by: Friday, April 19th at 12:00pm ET.

Click here for Accreditation Statement and AMEDCO Continuing Education Certification 

Trauma, Shame, and Racism

A Program of the New Washington School of Psychiatry 

Our Team

Presenters: Heather Hall, MD (Sacramento), and Richard Chefetz, MD (Washington, DC)

Discussants: Cleonie White, PhD (New York, NY), and Schwanna Cockerham-Qualls, LPC (Washington, DC)

Moderators: Janice Berry-Edwards, PhD, LICSW, BCD (Washington, DC), Raquel Willerman, LICSW, PhD (Washington, DC)

Date: April 12, 2024

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

Location: Zoom Online

7 CEs 

Program Description:

As we explore, trauma, racism, and the shame spectrum of experience, including humiliation and contempt, the presenters hope to shift our consciousness in the direction of providing clinicians and their patients unrealized pathways for exploration of emotionally overwhelming material, often too painful for immediate access.

Clinical case material using the literary character Pecola in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye (Chefetz), and a case of internal racism in a case of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) in a person of color with white alter personalities (Hall) will bring to life the underlying dyadic, familial, and broadly social dynamics of racism. With small group and large group experiences and ample opportunity for discussion with participants in this online program, the team is looking forward to an energized and engaged venue.

Casework that explores racism is relatively unusual. Linking racism, shame, and trauma is essential to our understanding of the dynamics of racism. Exceedingly painful experience is ripe territory for the activation of dissociative processes. These focal points provide an entrance to an exploration of dyadic, familial, social, and societal factors as they impact an individual's trajectory and may be required understanding in order to allow for personal growth and healing. Most of our clinical training is about dyadic work. Racism involves much more than the dyad.

You don’t need to know much about DID to understand the case material. Those clinicians familiar with work in the dissociative disorders will immediately recognize the kind of “internal othering” that occurs in what has been called the pseudo-delusion of separateness, a blinding denial of ownership of the states of being (not-me experience) associated with intolerable emotional experience. In the exploration of the life of Pecola, the concept of the Social Not-me will be developed and explored, an explication of potential use of dissociative process in the generation and maintenance of racist attitudes and perspectives.

Our moderators have been primed to be active participants in our program. Each are accomplished clinicians. We are looking forward to our interactions as a Team, but most importantly we have provided participants with a frame for engagement that is up front and personal. By attending to the dignity of all of us in this venue we hope to create and maintain a sense of safety that will allow deeper exploration of issues and concerns. These are expected to blossom in small group and plenary sessions. We are looking forward to learning with you.


After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the differences between shame, humiliation, and contempt.
  2. Discuss the predictable outcomes of chronic racial microaggression on human development.
  3. Describe how grief may manifest itself in Aging Adults and cite interventions that can assist with process of grieving.

Click here to download Presenter Bios

Click here for Conference Schedule.

Click here for References.

Click here for Accreditation Statement and AMEDCO Continuing Education Certification.


presents a one-day conference

Retirement: Challenges and Opportunities 

Keynote Speakers: Bartolome Freire, PhD and Richard Margolies, PhD

Co-Chairs: Kathryn Chefetz & Linda Geurkink

Date:  Sunday, April 7, 2024

Time9:00am – 5:30pm

Location: A Virtual Zoom Event

6.75 CEs offered

Faculty: Jane Brewster, Kathryn Chefetz, Bartolome Freire, Richard Margolies, Margo Silberstein

Program Description:

Retirement represents a major shift in established life patterns, bringing with it a variety of significant changes. Bartolome Freire and Richard Margolies will present their collaborative research and findings from a socio-psychoanalytic study of 150 individuals and their experience of separating from work and making the transition into retirement. Five major ways people adapt to their retirement are defined.

During the conference, a variety of issues related to retirement will be discussed in individual presentations, plenary sessions, and small breakout groups. Topics will include preparation for retirement, transition stress, the impact of quality of job satisfaction, effects on relationships with partners, family and friends, therapists’ challenges including transference and countertransference difficulties, and new possibilities for growth and creativity. The conference will conclude with an experiential exercise utilizing psychodrama.

Who should attend: Mental health professionals, service providers for aging adults, and individuals interested in the areas of aging and retirement will benefit from attending this conference.

Click here for more information about the Center for the Study of Aging and Clinical Applications (CSCSA)

Click here for Accreditation Statement and AMEDCO Continuing Education Certification 


Presents a One-day Conference

Confronting the Complexities of Aging: What We All Need to Know

Faculty: Irene Jackson-Brown, Venus Masselam, Yara Moustafa, Judith Peres, George Saiger, Margo Silberstein  

Date: Sunday, January 21, 2024

Time: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm ET

Location: Zoom Online

6 CEUs offered

Program Description:

We know that older adults represent an increasingly large demographic.  This is an opportunity for clinicians and anyone who works in the field of aging, anyone who is interested in aging issues, and anyone personally caring for an aging loved one. The design for the day will include both interactive and didactic segments and facilitated discussion. Presentations will include adult developmental psychology, as well as the medical and sociocultural influences on aging.  The conference will also address why and how psychotherapy with older adults belongs in the toolbox of everyone who confronts aging as a “carer.” The program will enlighten and provide important knowledge and skills to better serve aging adults in a wide range of settings – home, senior living community, hospital, nursing home, senior center, to cite just a few.



  • Developmental psychology (Venus Masselam)
  • Medical geriatrics (George Saiger)
  • Grief and loss (Judy Peres)


  • Social and economic parameters of care; governmental regulations, stigma (Judy Peres) 
  • Cultural Complexity  (Irene Jackson-Brown)
  • Psychotherapies (George Saiger)
  • Managing end of life care: Palliative care/ Compassionate Choices/Assisted dying (Yara Moustafa)


  • Using sociodrama, scene selection and role identification (Margo Silberstein)
  • Planning for future learning (Margo Silberstein)


After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the Aging Adult Stage and its three phases;
  2. Discuss medical issues of the Aging Adult Stage;
  3. Identify three reasons why psychotherapy may be beneficial to Aging Adults;
  4. Identify ruptures occurring from cultural complexity in the caregiving relationship and interventions to bridge them;
  5. Describe how grief may manifest itself in Aging Adults and cite interventions that can assist with process of grieving;
  6. Define palliative care and identify the challenges of serious illness near end-of-life.

Click here for Presenter Bios.

Click here for References.

Click here for Accreditation Statement and AMEDCO Continuing Education Certification.

Teaching Clinical Thinking: the student as supervisor to the supervisor

Presenter: Jon Frederickson, MSW

Date: January 13, 2024

Time:9:30 am - 5:00 pm EST

Location: Zoom Online

6 CEUs offered.

Effective supervision teaches therapists how to think clinically to intervene effectively. Thus, the supervisor asks decision tree questions so the student learns the sequence of steps in clinical thinking. The student's answers supervise the supervisor. They tell the supervisor what the student is integrating and not integrating. This informs the supervisor's next intervention. This presentation illustrated the teaching/assessment process in supervision by which we teach students how to think clinically and assess their interventions. And it showed how to listen to unconscious supervision by the student of the supervisor.

We started with a supervision case showing a student how to become aware of her countertransference, how to use it for clinical thinking, and how to use it to understand how the patient experiences the therapy. As a result, a misalliance is resolved.

In the second case, we showed how to help a student begin to think relationally: how does the patient perceive me on an unconscious level? How does this influence how she perceives my interventions? How might my interventions be supporting the problem we are trying to resolve? Further, we saw how to resolve a student's transference to the supervisor and how that relates to the parallel process.

This presentation is useful to any therapist wanting to learn to think clinically and useful to any teacher or supervisor wanting to become more effective at teaching clinical thinking.


9:30-10:15  Introductory theory of metacognition in supervision

10:15-10:30 coffee

10:30-12:00  Supervision case analysis

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:30 Supervision case analysis

2:30-2:45 coffee

2:45-5:00 Supervision case analysis


Jon Frederickson, MSW, is on the faculty of the Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) Training Program at the New Washington School of Psychiatry. Jon has provided ISTDP training in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Italy, Switzerland, India, Iran, Australia, Canada, the U.S., and the Netherlands. He is the author of over fifty published papers or book chapters and five books, Co-Creating Change: Effective Dynamic Therapy Techniques, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Learning to Listen from Multiple Perspectives, The Lies We Tell Ourselves, Co-Creating Safety: healing the fragile patient, and Healing Through Relating: a skill-building book for therapists.. His book, Co-Creating Change, won the first prize in psychiatry in 2014 at the British Medical Association Book Awards, and it has been published in Farsi, Polish, Hebrew, and Slovak, and is being translated into Spanish and Croatian. His book The Lies We Tell Ourselves has been translated into fourteen languages. And his book, Co-Creating Safety is being translated into German, Polish, Hebrew, and Slovak. 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 . His book, Clinical Thinking in Psychotherapy: how to do it and how to teach it, is forthcoming.

NWSP Town Hall Meeting

Friday, September 29th at 2:00 PM 

We are a membership organization. During our initial months we focused on setting up the New Washington School of Psychiatry’s infrastructure. While we are purposely a different organization from the WSP, we will carry forward our storied history of the interpersonal tradition.

We want to hear from the community now, and continually going forward. This is the beginning of defining our future, often called ‘visioning’. Subsequent to the Town Hall will be other interactions over time, drafts, and discussions. Please join us in launching this iterative visioning process.

We are happy to report that one of the most passionate and dedicated stakeholder groups of the old WSP, the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Culture (CSREC), is an important part of the New Washington School of Psychiatry. They are partners in planning this Town Hall listening session.

Please invest an hour or so to tell us how to keep our vital tradition serving the larger community. You will be with other members of the clinical community, hearing their ideas, and building on each other’s contributions.

As clinicians we know that asking good questions opens up new vistas. Several questions to stimulate our listening session are below. You can also offer questions when you register.

What would you like the NWSP to become, now and in 25 years?

What would distinguish the NWSP in the DC Metro area and our nation from other post-graduate centers?

Town Hall meeting Friday, September 29 at 2:00 PM

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