The play, Dinner with Friends, by Donald Margulies, is a cautionary tale about the vagaries of compatibility and commitment in long-term relationships—platonic, professional, romantic, and familial. The play will be presented as a parable about complex questions in clinical practice that have neither easy nor proscribed answers:

“What unconscious personal biases and values inform therapist ethical decision making?”

“Am I a ‘good enough’ therapist—for this patient, at this time?

“Are my co-therapist and I an effective therapeutic team?”

“Is being a psychotherapist (still) a vocational choice I want to commit to?”

This interactive program will give participants an opportunity to explore these and related questions, as they might be relevant to their clinical practice.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize ethical issues related to effective working relationships—between therapist and client, colleague-to-colleague, and self to the profession.
  2. Identify personal values and biases that inform ethical decision making in clinical practice.
  3. Apply a collaborative decision making process to the resolution of ethical dilemmas.


This conference is appropriate for clinicians at all levels of experience.

 Offering 3 Ethics CEs 


Conference Fees:

Free for ICP+P Members and Fellows

$90 for Non-members                         $35 for Unaffiliated Students


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Continuing education credit:  3 CE credits available for full attendance. The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP+P) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ICP+P maintains responsibility for this program and its content. ICP+P is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education credit. Because ICP+P has approval from the Maryland Board, CE credit hours awarded by ICP+P may also be claimed by social workers licensed in Virginia and the District of Columbia. These continuing education credits meet the ANCC approval standards for nurses and the approved standards for marriage and family therapists. Attendees from the above professional groups will earn 3 CE credits for attending the conference. Full attendance is required to receive the designated CE credit. ICP+P is accredited by MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ICP+P designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.