Psychoanalysis for the 21st Century

The WBCP brings over 75 years of commitment and innovation to the field of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic training. Welcome.

 What are you interested in?

Psychoanalytic Fellowship Programs

Learn foundational psychoanalytic principles. (9 months).

Psychoanalytic Studies Program

Introduction to essential concepts in psychoanalysis. (2 years).

Psychoanalytic Training Programs

Prepare to practice as an Adult Psychoanalyst. Child and Adolescent training is also offered.
We at the WBCP are committed to examining all aspects of diversity in the composition of our membership, our client systems, and our teaching. We are committed to redressing failures of the past through furthering our own education and sensitivities to issues of diversity. We aim to create a welcoming atmosphere that is open to discussion and change, one that approaches past failures with non-defensiveness, accepting responsibility and committing to improvement. We aim to grow.


Public Programs Calendar


Sunday, December 10, 2023 | 2:00 pm5:00 pm

Recruitment Event

Recruitment Event December 10, 2023 2:00 – 5:00 Please click the link below for more information


Friday, January 12, 2024 | 12:00 pm2:00 pm

Washington Case Conference – January 12, 2024 – William Pinney, PhD

Date: Friday, January 12, 2024 NEW TIME: 12:00pm- 2:00pm ET Presenters: Steven Van Wagoner, PhD, Michael Krass, PhD, Ellen Klosson, PhD, Jennifer Natalya Fink, PhD,  William Pinney, PhD, Greg Barber,…

Saturday, January 20, 2024 | 8:00 am5:00 pm

Annual Colloquium (Save the Date)

Date: Saturday, January 20, 2024 9:00am – 12:00pm ET Presenters: Coming Soon Via Zoom Registration Link: Coming Soon REGISTRATION DEADLINE: TBA For a complete list of dates, presenters, learning objec…

Friday, January 26, 2024 | 5:00 pm6:30 pm

COWAP Film Discussion

5:00 – 6:30 pm ET Via Zoom Participants should view the film beforehand.  Pre-registration is required. REGISTRATION LINK: Coming Soon REGISTRATION FEE: $15 REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 24, 2024


Friday, March 8, 2024 | 12:00 pm2:00 pm

Washington Case Conference – March 8, 2024 – Greg Barber, MD

Date: Friday, March 8, 2024 NEW TIME: 12:00pm- 2:00pm ET Presenters: Steven Van Wagoner, PhD, Michael Krass, PhD, Ellen Klosson, PhD, Jennifer Natalya Fink, PhD,  William Pinney, PhD, Greg Barber, MD…

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WBCP publishes essays and articles on this website in two collections.
PsychBites offers monthly tapas-sized reads designed to spark interest and provoke thought.
While Beyond the Couch delivers periodic posts focused on bringing community back into psychoanalysis.


Tapas-sized reads designed to spark interest and provoke thought.

Up Close and Personal

Biennially, the National Portrait Gallery fosters a competition where artists around the country submit intimate portrayals of a human being – sometimes themselves. In this video portrait, 2013 award winner Bo Gehring presents Esperanza Spalding ( 

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No Words

On a recent trip to Germany, I was very interested to see their modern art, to see what sense the people are making of who they are.  Contemporary psychoanalytic thinking holds that some facts of human existence cannot be said but rather shown, as expressed in the arts.

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Beyond the Couch

Thoughtful posts bringing community back into psychoanalysis.

A Grand Experiment in Community Mental Health: The DC Institute for Mental Hygiene

After graduating from Catholic University, I inquired where people went to get the best training in psychodynamic/psychoanalytic theory and practice. The Washington School of Psychiatry and the DC Institute for Mental Hygiene were named repeatedly.  

I knew nothing about the Institute’s stellar history when I began working in one of the three branches of what was typically called DCIMH.  I am only now fully aware of its incredible backstory.  Dr. Harold Eist was appointed the Medical Director of the tiny Institute in 1969 with a handful of staff members seeing less than a total of twenty patients. Harold was the genius behind creating

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Faraway Voices:  Healing Through Writing

The early morning sun shines through the window of my home office as I open the Zoom link to connect with 6 young women who have just finished their evening meal–10 time zones away–in Bangladesh. One by one they arrive in their little video boxes; many in colorful headscarves, all smiling and offering warm greetings to me and one another. They place themselves wherever they can find the best Wi-Fi connection. One is in the library, surrounded by books, another in an outside courtyard dotted with tropical plants. Several are in dorm rooms, often with curious friends peeking into the

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The House of Ruth

In her essay about her years as a board member at the House of Ruth, Carolyn Gruber does a beautiful job describing the work done in this incredible “house” where women, children and families are “empowered to rebuild their lives and heal from trauma, abuse and homelessness”. For those of you who don’t know Carolyn, besides her volunteer work as a consultant and volunteer throughout the Washington area, she is quite accomplished as a leader, teacher, clinician and writer. Carolyn is adjunct faculty at the Smith College School of Social Work and had been on the faculty of

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