Faculty Development Sessions

Continuing Education (CE)
2023-24 — Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00pm
Kelly Lippman, LMHC
Katherine Weissbourd, PhD


The Curriculum Committee is offering three faculty/instructor development sessions this year. The first session will be held on Zoom on November 1. At this first session, we will take some time to hear from you about what other topics you hope we will bring to this three part series of faculty development meetings. We hope to have at least one meeting in person/hybrid style when we are in our new location.

Kelly Lippman and Kathy Weissbourd
Curriculum Committee

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 American Psychoanalytic Association and The Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. 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 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. 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.

This presentation also meets the requirements of WAC 246-924-240 (Definition of Category of Creditable CPE).

“This program has been approved for 1.5 CEUs by the NASW Washington State Chapter.” Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors are eligible. Provider number is #1975-144.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. understand the several simultaneous and complex ways power operates simultaneously in the classroom.
  2. apply Fors’ concepts of power in psychotherapy to power in instructional settings.
  3. through discussion and sharing, explore ways to use power constructively in instructional settings.

November 1, 2023 — Beginning the Discussion about Ethics and Power in the Classroom

[24 pages]

Please join us on November 1 for a discussion of ethics and power in the classroom. We will be using the readings as fuel for discussion about our experience teaching. Our conversation will be focused on how we can best support one another in enhancing learning and teaching at SPSI.

Since we will be on Zoom this time, we can’t entice you with food and beverage, but we hope you will join us for lively community and discussion!


Fors, M. (2021) Power Dynamics in the Clinical Situation: A Confluence of Perspectives, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 57:2, 242-269.

Please read until the middle of page 249, stopping at “Heterogeneity of Power”. Although this is a clinical article, we’d like you to read with the classroom, consultation and institute contexts in mind.

The Holmes Commission (2023) Final Report of The Holmes Commission on Racial Equality in American Psychoanalysis 2023.

Read pages 113-128.

February 29, 2024 — Ethics and Power in the Classroom

Please join us on February 29 via Zoom for continued discussion about ethics and power in the classroom. This is the second in our series of three faculty development sessions this year. At this session, we will use excerpts from three articles that address power dynamics that arise in psychoanalytic teaching, to guide our continuing discussion.

Excerpted material from these three articles will be provided prior to the event to those who register:

  • “Toward A Psychoanalytic Way of Teaching Psychoanalysis” Jonathan Dunn PhD (2013). Psychoanal. Rev.,(100)(6):947-971.
  • “Questioning Authority in the Psychoanalytic Classroom” Dawn Skorczewski PhD. (2004). Psychoanal. Q., (73)(2):485-510.
  •  “Analyst as Teacher / Teacher as Analyst: A Confusion of Tongues?” Dawn Skorczewski PhD. (2008). J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., (56)(2):367-389.

We hope to have our third and final meeting in person/hybrid style this spring in our new location!

Learning Objectives:

  1. describe the several simultaneous and complex ways power operates simultaneously in the classroom.
  2. Explore and enhance techniques for managing power dynamics that arise in instructional settings, between students and instructors and within student cohorts.
  3. through discussion and sharing, explore ways to use power constructively in instructional settings