Other Community ProgramsInterdisciplinary Symposia in Psychoanalysis, and the Humanities and Sciences

Presentations are organized to appeal to the general public as well as to mental health professionals and to practitioners, scholars and scientists in other fields in the sciences and humanities. The symposia seek to explore central issues within our culture and cross-culturally. Our purpose is to demonstrate the social utility of the principles and knowledge of psychoanalysis and of the other sciences and the humanities. Some of our offerings focus on how to understand and help remedy complex and disordered aspects of societal and cultural reality.

The JICC is a work group consisting of Candidate representatives from the following local analytic institutes: The Baltimore Washington, The Washington Psychoanalytic, The New York Freudian, The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and the International Institute for Psychoanalytic Training. The primary goal of the JICC is to create and facilitate learning opportunities for Candidates and faculty across institutes. Each year, the JICC hosts the Joint Institutes Candidates Symposium. The format of the symposium consists of one advanced Candidate presenting a paper containing clinical material. A senior faculty member from each institute serves as a discussant. Following the formal presentation the audience and Candidate presenter are invited to respond or ask questions. In addition to the symposium, the JICC hosts an annual social for all Candidates.

Mentorship Program

The Institute provides mental health professionals with information and assistance concerning the Institute’s educational programs. For those considering the possibility of analytic training, we would be pleased to arrange for a mentor. The Mentorship Program goal is to clarify and enhance an individual’s interest in the field of psychoanalysis. The mentor offers information and suggests resources that will augment the mentee’s understanding of what defines psychoanalysis, what kind of work psychoanalysts do, and in what activities psychoanalysts are involved. The mentor also informs the mentee of current activities, programs, and services offered by the Institute and Society. The mentor may direct the mentee to literature relevant to the particular interests of the mentee. The mentor may help clarify the mentee’s career goals and the extent of their interest in psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic ideas. The Mentorship Program is not a recruitment or advocacy program. The mentor-mentee relationship is confidential and the mentor does not inform or influence the admission process should the mentee apply to the Institute for training. Further information about the program is available upon request.

Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Studies

Through its Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Studies, the Baltimore Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis provides opportunities for those in related professions to become familiar with psychoanalytic knowledge and to apply it to their work. There are educational programs for psychiatric residents, psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists, pediatricians, lawyers and others.

The division of Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Studies sponsors a two-year adult psychotherapy course and a two-year child psychotherapy course. In addition, short courses and seminars are given each year on a wide variety of subjects. There is also a film series held annually in Baltimore.

Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Studies programs are described in special fliers which may be obtained through the administrative office.

The Psychoanalytic Forum

Father of PsychoanalysisThe Psychoanalytic Forum is a setting for introducing new ideas in psychoanalytic thinking as well as for a re-examination of established tenets. Prominent psychoanalysts from around the country present topics of vital and current interest in the fields of adult and child psychoanalysis. Often a Baltimore Washington Center’s faculty member provides a formal discussion on the topic. This is followed by audience discussion. A roster of recently-invited speakers includes Glen Gabbard, Steven Levy, Ana-Maria Rizzuto, Howard Shevrin and Kirsten Dahl. Continuing education credit for social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists is offered.

Consortium for Psychoanalytic Research

The Baltimore Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis is a member of the Consortium for Psychoanalytic Research (CPRinc), a District of Columbia nonprofit corporation formed by Baltimore-Washington area organizations interested in promoting excellence in psychoanalytic research. The CPRinc stresses the importance of demonstrating through innovative scientific research the power of psychodynamic treatments. Each year it sponsors a day-long research conference which features formal presentations by an outstanding researcher, discussions, and a workshop in which all participants have an opportunity to learn and apply a research tool. Further information about the CPRinc may be found on its website, CPRincDC.org.

School Based Mourning Project

The School-Based Mourning Project, a preventive intervention in the cycle of inner-city violence, is directed by Dr. Bruce Sklarew, a member of the Center. This clinical research project has helped high-risk D.C. inner-city elementary school children deal with multiple losses and trauma during the past eight years. It is based on the idea that once children who have suffered these events reach adolescence, they are likely to deal with the unbearable emptiness, helplessness, and depression by acting out sexually, aggressively or by medicating themselves with drugs. In addition, the losses compromise their ability to learn.

Speaker’s Seminar

The Speaker’s Seminar offers an opportunity for contact with prominent thinkers in the field. Held in concert with the Psychoanalytic Forum, the invited speaker is available for informal discussion. Usually, a published paper is distributed in advance that can serve as a focus for the meeting. Mental health professionals and trainees from the community who have an interest in psychoanalytically-oriented theory and practice are welcome to attend. Continuing education credit is available. For more information, e-mail  or call (410) 792-8060 (Baltimore) or (301) 470-3635 (Washington).