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Spring 2016 Professional Development Workshops at NCSSS




Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy


Friday June 3rd 9am-4pm

The Catholic University of America

Pryzbyla 351

Jon Fredrickson



Jon Frederickson, MSW is co-chair of the ISTDP Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry where he has been on the faculty since 1988. He was previously chair of the Supervision Training Program and the Advanced Psychotherapy Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry as well as chair of their Faculty Clinical Council.  He is also chair of the Norwegian ISTDP Training Program, Co-chair of the Italian Core Training Program sponsored by the Italian EDT Society, and faculty of the ISTDP Training Program at the Laboratorium Psychoedukacji in Warsaw, Poland.  He has published over twenty five articles and book chapters as well as two books. He has presented videotaped examples of his clinical work in the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Italy, Great Britain, Lebanon, Dubai, India, Australia, and throughout the United States. Among the highlights of his presentations have been several at Oxford University at St. Johns College and Magdalen College, and at UCLA.   Before he became a therapist, Jon was a professional musician for a number of years. When he became a therapist he was struck by a big difference between therapy and music. Music is taught in a far more structured, organized, and systematic fashion to help musicians develop practical performing skills so they can create great art. Jon’s lifetime goal has been to learn to teach therapy as well as his music teachers taught music.


In this presentation Jon Frederickson, MSW will share clinical expertise, review case examples, and use videotaped sessions to show how to work with depressed patients who have not responded to earlier therapies.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to identify:

  •   how to identify defenses that will cause depression
  • how to stop regression
  •  how to build the capacity to bear feelings without becoming depressed
  • how to address acting out in session

We will view and study an initial videotaped session with a depressed client moment by moment, learning how to assess the patient's needs and how to address them. Unlike most workshops which talk about therapy, here we will see an actual therapy session. Rather than just learn theory, we will learn how to put theory into practice through interventions that lead to genuine change. You will come away knowing how to be more effective with your clients.

 Six (6) hours of Social Work Continuing Education (CE) Credits will be provided at conclusion of this workshop for participants


Registration Information
Online registration is available through our website. Look for the workshop you are interested in, and link to the registration site. Current NCSSS students and NCSSS Field Instructors receive a discounted rate.
Phone registration is available. Please call 202-319-4388
Cancellation policy 
Refunds will be honored up to 1 week prior to the workshop, minus a $25.00 processing fee.  Substitution requests for an alternate workshop will also be considered.  Please contact Ellen Thursby at  Registrants will be notified if a workshop is cancelled due to low enrollment and registration fees will be fully refunded. Workshops will be cancelled if The Catholic University of America is closed due to inclement weather or other emergencies. Please check the website for information on closures.
On campus parking is very limited. It is best to use public transportation. CUA is located on the Red Line of the Metro, CUA/Brookland stop.
If you require any special accommodations, we will try to meet those needs. Please call at least 2 weeks prior to an event to make reasonable requests.
For more information, contact
Ellen Thursby, Director, Office of Field Education and Professional Development or Allyson Shaffer, Associate Director, Office of Field Education and Professional Development. Tel: 202-319-4388, or,