Ongoing Seminar Groups

*Please contact seminar leaders for Study Group openings and Continuing Education credits information.

WPSP Study Groups 2017/2018

Psychoanalytic Theory and Technique

(This is a closed group)

Seminar Leader: Paula Ellmlan-Chavis, Ph.D.

Contact via phone: 301-770-1515

First Monday of the month, TIME: TBD, Location: Bethesda


Love Is A Many Splendored Thing:

An Analytic Exploration of Attachment in Literature

Seminar Leader: Laurel Nelson, MSW

Contact via phone: 301-984-1619

Second Monday of the month, 1:30-3:00p.m, Location: Rockville


Relational Psychoanalysis

Seminar Leader: Fonya Lord Helm, Ph.D., ABPP

Contact via phone: 757-282-3525 or email

Third Monday of the month, 8:00pm-9:30pm, Location: Online


Therapeutic Action

Seminar Leader: Fonya Lord Helm, Ph.D., ABPP

Contact via phone: 757-282-3525 or email

Fourth Thursday of the month, 8:00-9:30pm, Location: Online


Concepts of the Self

Seminar Leader: Sarah Brandel, Ph.D.

Contact via phone: 202-363-0606

Third Friday of the month, 9:30am-11:30am (Sept.-June), Location: Tenley, MD


Create Your Own Seminar

Is there a topic area or book you are interested in and would like to explore in depth with colleagues while earning CE* credits? 

Any WPSP member can form a seminar group and Fonya Lord Helm, Ph.D., ABPP, CE Coordinator. will provide you with the procedures to do so.

Contact Dr. Helm at 757-282-3525 or email

*CE’s Available to psychologists and social workers.

Courses of Study

WPSP has sponsored courses of study for a limited period of time and currently offers a number of seminars ranging from a group formed to focus on the work of an invited speaker in preparation for that event to groups which last for years and shift focus over time. 

Any member can offer a course or can form a seminar group through WPSP and invite other interested members to join.  Under the auspices of WPSP, members of a seminar group or those who enroll in a WPSP sponsored course can earn continuing education credits for participation.

Guidelines for Seminar Formation

Anyone interested in forming a Study Group or who has a suggestion for a topic is invited to contact our Seminar Group Coordinator, Fonya Lord Helm, Ph.D., ABPP at 757-282-3525 or email to discuss details and requirements.