WSP will not host any event or course that is non-compliant with CDC and DC guidance.
All meetings and programs will continue in person. Course cancellations or postponement for activities of 10 or less is at the discretion of the program chair.
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The mission of the Attachment and Human Development Center (AHDC), founded and directed by Mauricio Cortina, is prevention and public education, supporting training programs within the Washington School of Psychiatry, and research. Programs and initiatives that further these goals are announced as they are developed. The Center also invites speakers and scholars who are making substantial contributions in the fields of attachment and human development. An advisory board, composed of leaders in the field, can be called upon to assist in these endeavors.
From its inception, attachment theory has had a strong empirical and observational base that has developed over the past few decades, expanding the theory in new directions. The AHDC will build on this tradition of rigorous scholarship, of testing concepts and methods, and of cross-fertilization from related fields that has kept attachment theory a vibrant field of study. This spirit of openness is also consistent with the best traditions of the Washington School of Psychiatry.
I am interested in studying the relationship between attachment, defined as a system adapted to seek protection and care from attachment figures, and intersubjectivity, defined as system of communication that is intuitive and automatic in nature. Our species advanced intersubjective abilities allowing humans to be able to understand intentions, gestures and emotions in competitive as well as in cooperative situations. As the work of Michael Tomasello has shown, our cooperative abilities far surpass what is observed in primates and put us in a unique evolutionary path. These advanced intersubjective abilities are sometimes referred to a Theory of Mind, or in the attachment literature they are referred to as mentalization. More sophisticated modes of communication coevolved with greater degrees of communication.
More broadly, I am interested in the enormously important prosocial motives, the caregiving, attachment and cooperative social engagement systems played during human development and during the evolution of our species.
Together with Giovanni Liotti, I am interested in the clinical implications of how this evolutionary-developmental perspective and more generally, in how this new paradigm changes our view of human nature and sheds light on the origin of culture and language.
Jude Cassidy, PhD
Mary Dozier, PhD
Sonia Gojman de Millan, PhD
Giovanni Liotti, MD
Joseph Lichtenberg, MD
Mario Marrone, MD
Robert Marvin, PhD
Salvador Millán, MD
Alan Sroufe, PhD
The Center was established at the Washington School of Psychiatry in recognition of a long-standing need in the community. Effective and attainable psychotherapy geared to the needs of older adults has become an essential component of the core mental health disciplines. An open, interdisciplinary approach to this population and its many needs is part of the Center’s mission.
This ongoing group is designed for experienced clinicians. Group members will study literary treatments of aging, using clinical papers only to supplement the creative writings. The vantage point is clearly defined as a psychotherapeutic one. New members will be considered on a space available basis.
Rob Bamberger, M.S.W
Estelle Berley, M.S.W
Irene Jackson Brown, Ph.D., CSA, CMC, CDP
Kathryn Chefetz, M.S.W
Glory Dierker, Ph.D.
Joe Izzo, M.S.W
Joan Medway, M.S.W
Yara Moustafa, M.D, Ph.D.
Judy Peres, M.S.W
Annemarie Russell, M.S.W, MPH, ABD
George Saiger, M.D.
Margo Silberstein, Ed.D.
Learning about the Psychotherapy with Older Adults & Clinical Applications Training Program here.
The Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Culture at The Washington School of Psychiatry seeks to promote human welfare through experiential and didactic study of the range of differences and intersectionalities among individuals and groups. Differences will be inclusive of, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, ability and disability, religion, social class and other factors which perpetuate marginalization within and between groups.
Event dates for the 2021-2022 academic year to be determined.
*Schedule subject to change
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