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Five Fridays | 2021 -2022

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We're glad you're here to learn more about our upcoming Five Friday seminars!  Please peruse each program's description below and then visit our Events Calendar to register for one or all. Some seminars will include virtual breakout groups to provide more experiential learning and opportunities for connecting with each other.  

Please note, registration is free for WSPP members. Membership is only $125 when you join or renew online and pay by credit card for the 1st time--a $15 discount.  Otherwise, the fee is $75 per seminar registration

The 2021-22 programs will occur via Zoom. Upon completing online registration for a seminar, you will receive a seminar-specific Zoom link via email.  The link will again be emailed in each of the two reminders sent a few days prior to the seminar.  

Continuing Education
Our Five Friday seminars, when attended in entirety, earn 3 CE’s, which are free for members and included in the registration fee for non-members. 

WSPP is a local chapter of the Division of Psychoanalysis (Division 39) of the American Psychological Association (APA).  Division 39 is approved by the APA to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

Most state social work licensing Boards accept CE’s from APA approved sponsors; please confirm that your local licensing Board accepts APA approved CE’s.


For more information, contact our CE coordinator, Laurie Levin, MSW at 301-512-3437or

Moving From Racial Awareness to Antiracism

September 24, 2021, 9:30am-12:30pm
Nathalie Edmond, PsyD
Note: This seminar counts toward the CE Licensure requirements for Cultural Competence.
The seminar will explore the principles of taking an anti-racism lens in clinical and personal life.  Will explore concepts such as white privilege, implicit bias and more subtle forms of racism.  Participants will be able to conceptualize racism and anti-blackness culture as a form of racial trauma and how that lives in the body and can show up differently in the therapy room.  We will work to deconstruct therapy models that center white supremacy and how to hold space for collective rage and grief with white identifying and BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) clients and colleagues.  This anti-racism model will take a mindfulness based approach to invite in curiosity and an embodied experience.  It is an interactive workshop that uses multimedia format to encourage processing in different ways.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify overt and implicit forms of racism in the context of white body supremacy.
  2. Participants will be able to define microaggressions and its relationship to implicit bias.
  3. Participants will be able to identify five strategies for taking an anti-racist stance to create more inclusive spaces.

Presenter Bio:
Dr. Nathalie Edmond is a licensed clinical psychologist and experienced yoga teacher.  She has been in the therapy world for twenty years.  She has been a clinician and/or administrator in a variety of clinical settings such as PHP/IOP, college counseling, and community mental health.  She started her own private practice in 2015 and it grew to a group practice in 2019 called Mindful and Multicultural Counseling.  Dr. Edmond specializes in the treatment of trauma from a mind-body-spirit approach. She is intensely trained in DBT and trained in EMDR as well as sensorimotor psychotherapy. She teaches a doctoral class on multiculturalism and feminism. She does DEIJ (diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice) consultation with a wide variety of organizations.

A Companion Unobtrusive

December 3, 2021, 11:30am-2:30pm
Robert Grossmark, PhD

This presentation addresses the challenges met when working with patients who cannot “work together” with an analyst, who are not sufficiently able to symbolize and mentalize. We will address both patients who suffer disturbances in the area of self-other definition, continuity and regulation of self, as well as patients who can appear to be more related and reflective, but harbor sequestered self states that are dominated by areas of unrepresented and unsymbolized trauma and neglect.

This presentation will present the position of the unobtrusive relational analyst who companions the patient in the emergence of illusion, fragmentation and non-relatedness and privileges the inner world of the patient that becomes the signature and defining sculptor of the clinical interaction and process.

Unrepresented and unformulated trauma and neglect announce themselves in the flow of mutual enactive engagement and rather than seek to move the patient into greater relatedness and insight, the analyst companions the patient in the emergence of yet to be known and thought narratives of trauma and fragmentation. The tilt is toward an ontological position that privileges being-with the patient rather than epistemological where meaning can be symbolized and interpreted.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Participants will develop an appreciation of a psychoanalysis that can work in the area of non-symbolized and non-represented phenomena.
  2. Participants will be able to bring themselves to the treatment while unobtrusively maintaining the space for the patients inner reality.
  3. Participants will be able to orient themselves to entering the patients world rather than bringing the patient into his or her world.

Presenter Bio:
ROBERT GROSSMARK, PH.D, ABPP is a psychoanalyst in New York City. He works with individuals, couples and groups. He is on the teaching and supervising faculty at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, The National Institute for the Psychotherapies Program in Adult Psychoanalysis, The National Training Program in Psychoanalysis, The Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society Training Program and lectures at other psychoanalytic institutes and clinical psychology training programs nationally and internationally. He is the author The Unobtrusive Relational Analyst: Explorations in Psychoanalytic Companioning and co-edited The One and the Many: Relational Approaches to Group Psychotherapy and Heterosexual Masculinities: Contemporary Perspectives from Psychoanalytic Gender Theory, all published by Routledge, Taylor & Francis.

Carry That Weight

January 21, 2022, 11:30am-2:30pm
Mauricio Cortina, MD


We carry the weight of our early attachment relationships for a long time.  These early unconscious origins have an enduring impact on our affect regulation strategies and attachment bonds.  Understanding five different dimensions of this new paradigm is essential to have a deeper understanding of what attachment theory and research offers the clinician. Affect regulation strategies associated with histories of secure, insecure and disorganized patterns developed in infancy and childhood lead to adaptive and less adaptive attachment relations through life. Histories of secure attachment also function as protective factors (resilience) while histories of organized insecure patterns and disorganized patterns function as risk factors for development. These affect regulation strategies are expressed as defensive/coping mechanisms and in transferential/countertransferential reactions in therapy.   This seminar will examine how Attachment Theory offers new psychotherapeutic approaches that help our patients carry that weight and lift that burden.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how the five dimensions attachment theory and research modify our understanding of development.
  2. Describe how a history of secure, anxious and disorganized attachments help understand defensive operations and transference-countertransference reactions based on affect regulation strategies developed in childhood
  3. Describe three ways of how psychotherapy informed by attachment theory and research can enhance clinical sensitivity and the therapeutic process.

Presenter Bio:
Mauricio Cortina MD, winner of the prestigious 2019 John Bowlby Mary Ainsworth award, is internationally known as a having supported and contributed to understanding of attachment theory. He is director of the Center for the Study of Attachment and Human Evolution at the Washington School of Psychiatry.

All of Me: How Did I Lose All of Me?

February 18, 2022, 11:30am-2:30pm
Janina Fisher, PhD

Note: This seminar counts toward the CE Licensure requirements for Trauma

In the context of abusive parenting, splitting or alienation from self is a survival strategy that maintains children’s attachment to caregivers by disowning themselves as “bad” or “unlovable.”  This deeply painful failure of self-acceptance may result in lifelong shame and self-loathing, difficulty self-soothing, and complications in relationships with others.  Without internal compassion and some sense of worth, it is difficult to take in the compassion and acceptance of others. To overcome alienation from self, therapy must focus on cultivating clients’ mindful awareness of their disowned selves and disowned experience. As clients discover their trauma-related younger selves and bring them “home” emotionally, they spontaneously begin to feel an internal sense of safety that changes the felt experience of abandonment and betrayal.  By integrating strategies inspired by Structural Dissociation theory, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Internal Family Systems into our work, we will explore the therapeutic power of fostering internal secure attachment to clients’ most deeply disowned selves.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the relationship between early attachment trauma and alienation from self.
  2. Recognize signs of disowned parts and their internal conflicts.
  3. Describe interventions that create an increased sense of connection or attachment to younger aspects of self.
  4. Capitalize on interpersonal neurobiology to increase the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions.
  5. Foster ‘earned secure attachment’ as the outcome of attachment bonding between adult clients and their child selves.

Presenter Bio:
Janina Fisher, Ph.D. is the Assistant Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and a former instructor, Harvard Medical School. An international expert on the treatment of trauma, she is co-author with Pat Ogden of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Attachment and Trauma (2015) and author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation (2017), Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma: a Workbook for Survivors and Therapists (2021), and The Living Legacy Flip Chart (in press). She is best known for her work on splitting and dissociation as well as how to integrate newer neurobiologically-informed interventions into traditional psychotherapy approaches. More information can be found on her website:

You are not only what you eat...

April 29, 2022, 11:30am-2:30pm
Stacy Phillips, MS, CNS, LN, CSCS
... but how you digest, absorb and assimilate. It is more than just the foods consumed that determines the extent of the impact.  We will explore how the digestive tract (from mouth to anus) influences our ability to utilize what we eat and also how diverse and important the aspects of our microbiota and microorganisms are in their impact on mental health. From sugar induced mood swings and food additives to the beneficial aspects of nutrient-dense, health promoting foods that have been shown to positively or negatively influence our patients' mental health, we will explore a wide range of foods that impact the brain's function.  Join us on this journey!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain how the gastrointestinal tract and brain are interconnected.
  2. Identify which foods can negatively or positively impact mental health.
  3. Discuss not only how the foods we eat impact our health, but our body’s ability to digest, absorb and assimilate the nutrients.

Presenter Bio:
Stacy Phillips, MS, CNS, LN, CSCS is the founder and functional nutritionist, holistic health coach and strength and conditioning coach of Willow Integrative Wellness where she has dedicated herself to providing functional nutrition, exercise and lifestyle care globally for a wide variety of health concerns.  Willow Integrative Wellness focuses on a whole-foods approach that is practical to improving chronic conditions and resolving individual’s unwanted signs and symptoms.  Through the use of evidence-based nutrition, exercise, stress management and natural interventions we can naturally improve the function of the body.

Licensed Nutritionist: District of Columbia

  • Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS): Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists (BCNS)
  • Function Medicine Training: Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)
  • Master of Science (MS) in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine: University of Western States, Portland, OR
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS): National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Kinesiology: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Certified Holistic Health Coach (CHHC): Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN)