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Friday, October 13, 2023 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Washington Case Conference – October 13, 2023 – Michael Krass, PhD, and Ellen Klosson, PhD

Date: Friday, October 13, 2023

NEW TIME: 12:00pm- 2:00pm ET


Steven Van Wagoner, PhD, Michael Krass, PhD, Ellen Klosson, PhD, Jennifer Natalya Fink, PhD, 

William Pinney, PhD, Greg Barber, MD, Nydia Lisman-Pieczanksi, MD 

6 Conferences

September 8, October 13, November 10, January 12, March 8, April 12

Click here to see the full Washington Case Conference program schedule

Discounted pricing available for full 6 session bundle (see below)

(2 CME/CE available per session, maximum 12)

Via Zoom

Registration Link: https://wbcp.memberclicks.net/register_wcc_2023-2024


For a complete list of dates, presenters, learning objectives, and detailed CME/CE information see flyer on the registration page.

Registration Fees:

Full Course (All 6 sessions):

WBCP and CFS Members:                                                      $324
Non-Members:                                                                         $432

Individual Conferences Only:


WBCP and CFS Members       $60 (2 CME/CE per session)

Non-members                           $80 (2 CME/CE per session)

WBCP and CFS Students            No fee (2 CME/CE per session)

WBCP and CFS Fellows          $50 (2 CME/CE per session)

WBCP and CFS Fellows                                                                   No fee (No CME/CE)

Community Mental Health Workers and Other Students   $30 (No CME/CE)

Financial assistance available for community mental health providers. Please contact Lizbeth Moses (lizbethmoses3@gmail.com) or Deborah Perlman (dgperlman@earthlink.net)


Program Description:

The Washington Area Case Conference and Seminar Series is co-sponsored by the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis (WBCP) and the Contemporary Freudian Society (CFS). This program is offered to members and students of both organizations as well as psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed counselors, mental health students, and other mental health providers from the Washington Baltimore metropolitan area interested in psychoanalytic theory, practice, and perspectives.



October 13, 2023 – Michael Krass, PhD, and Ellen Klosson, PhD

Supervising Therapists on the Front Lines: How to Maintain Analytic Thinking in the Context of War


This presentation will describe our current work providing both supervision and support for a group of Ukrainian therapists, some of whom are living in Ukraine, and some of whom have temporarily left their homes and the country. This work has been focused on enabling the therapists to preserve their ability to think during a war and the ongoing trauma it is inflicting. In our experience consulting with Ukrainian therapists during Ukraine’s ongoing war with Russia, we have felt that there is much about the way that the mind operates under inordinate stress that we can learn from listening to these brave, kind and, at times, heroic therapists. We have also felt that our psychoanalytic tools are as applicable in wartime as they are in our daily work in the calmest of external environments. In this presentation, we will discuss our experiences from both the vantage point of what we have learned from and what we have found useful to offer our Ukrainian colleagues.

Presenter Bios:

Ellen C. Klosson, PhD, Is a Training and Supervising analyst, and on the permanent faculty at the Contemporary Freudian Society. She was on the core faculty and taught for many years in George Washington University’s Psy.D. Program. She is in private practice in Darnestown, Maryland.

Michael Krass, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in Falls Church, VA. He is a training analyst with the Contemporary Freudian Society-Psychoanalytic Training Institute where he supervises and teaches in the adult analytic training program. He has also taught at Johns Hopkins University and the Washington School of Psychiatry and was a supervisor for many years for the GWU PsyD program. He has published in The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, The American Psychoanalyst and the Division/Review Psychoanalytic Quarterly. For many years, he co-led a discussion group on impingements on the analytic containing function and led a discussion group on working analytically with patients on the autism spectrum at the APsA annual meetings. He has also presented many papers at a number of local, national as well as international conferences, and has had the pleasure of presenting at the Washington Case Conference two previous times: on the therapist’s use of reverie and on transference/countertransference issues when the therapist is white and the patient is a person of color. He is the President of CFS and is also on the Board of ROOM: a sketchbook for analytic action.


There is no known commercial support for this program.
CVs available upon request.

CE Information:

Continuing Medical Education – This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and The Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

* Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. Updated July 2021

Continuing Education – Social Workers – The programs of The Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. meet the criteria for continuing education as defined by the District of Columbia and Virginia Boards of Social Work, and the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work. The Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. designates this program as a continuing education activity for social work for 1 credit hour per hour for this activity.

The Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for this program. This training qualifies for Category 1 continuing education units.

Continuing Education – Psychologists – The Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Continuing Education – Licensed Professional Counselors – The Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. continuing education credits meet the criteria and may be submitted for re-licensure of LPCs in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. This program/activity has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists to satisfy Category A continuing education requirements.





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