Bethesda/D.C. October 17-20, 2013

Join us for our intellectually stimulating Creativity and Madness Conference. Our presentations will bring the art and artists alive by exploring their unconscious as well as conscious motivations. You will learn about what drives great artists to create. You will have time to explore the monuments and museums of Washington DC.

Visit the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and The National Gallery (and see the exquisite painting of The Woman in the Red Hat by Vermeer).

And earn 20 hours of Continuing Education!



Tentative Schedule:

Thursday –

8:30 a.m. Creativity & Paternity: Michelangelo’s Images in The Sistine Chapel Thomas Nelson, MD

9:30 a.m. Amy Winehouse: Death by Misadventure Deborah Anglin, LMSW

10:45 a.m. Brain Functioning: New Paradigms for Understanding Psychological Disorders                                                        Hanno Kirk, LICSW

11:45       Mental Health, The Affordable Care Act, & More                    Kate Bond, RN, BSN, MA

2:00 p.m. Sons, Mothers and Montmartre: Suzanne Valadon and Maurice Utrillo – The Pathology of Over Artistic Stimulation         Bob Dick, BA, MA        

3:00 p.m. Hades’ Angels: An Inside View of Women Who Love Lifers and Death Row Inmates                              Charlyne Gelt, Ph.D., MFT 

Friday –

8:30 a.m. For Shadows: A Film on Demonizing & Dancing with the Shadow               Barry M. Panter, M.D., Ph.D. and   Ken Paul Rosenthal, MFA

9:30 a.m. SoulWork: The Neurobiology of Spiritual Practice                                                                                                             Rod Birney, M.D. and Suzanna Nadler, LPC, M.Ed.     

10:45 a.m. Basic Human Instincts  Linda Etim, LICSW

11:45 a.m. Psychological Perspectives on NC and Andrew Wyeth (1.5 hrs) Jon Shaw, MD                       

2:30 – 4:00 – Afternoon Discussion Group 1.5 hrs

*OPTIONAL WORKSHOP (separate registration required)2 – 5 p.m.           Integrating Clinical & Contemplative Practice    Rod Birney, M.D. and Suzanna Nadler, LPC, M.Ed

Saturday – 

8:30 a.m.  Creativity Reflecting the Unconscious as a Scientific Conflict Resolution Phenomenon   Albert Levis, M.D. and Max Levis, Ph.D. Candidate

9:30 a.m. Mourning and Creativity as Therapy Cynthia Rollo Carlson, MSW, MA, LICSW, CT

10:45 a.m.  Beauty as a Dissident Force: The Death of Reinaldo Arenas Mike Alvarez, MA

11:45 a.m. Paul Simon: A Study of Depression & Creativity 
Marlene Winter, PhD

*OPTIONAL WORKSHOP (separate registration required)2 – 5 pm     A Diagnostic and Therapeutic Self-assessment Instrument Measuring the Scientific Variables of the Creative Process                                    Albert Levis, M.D. and Max Levis, Ph.D. Candidate

Sunday –

8:30 a.m. Our Beliefs that Rule Us—Whether We Know Them or Not                                                                              Barry M . Panter, M.D., Ph.D.

9:30 a.m.  Funeral March with Introductory Polca: Grief, Loss and the Creative ProcessFuneral March with Introductory Polca: Grief, Loss and the Creative Process                                    Nicholas Holliday, M.D.

10:45 a.m. The 27 Club: Suicides of Rock Stars John Goff, MD

11:45 a.m. Mandala-making and the Development of Consciousness Carole McNamee, Ph.D.


Registration: $525 accompanying person $450.


Accommodations and Information

The Hyatt Regency, Bethesda, Only a few minutes by metro from downtown DC –Call us to reserve a room at the group rate of $235/nt + tax.

Conference information: or 800-348-8441.

Continuing Education Accreditation

Accreditation: 20 hours of Continuing Ed for MDs, PhDs, social workers and others.

The American Institute of Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing education for physicians. Aimed designates this live activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category I credits.TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AIMED is approved bye The American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. AIMED maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

AIMED is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP soley is responsible for all aspects for the program.

The program is approved by National Association of Social Workers (NASW) 8865899292 for 20 social work continuing education contact hours.

Course meets the qualifications for 20 hours of continuing education credit for MFT’s and/or LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Course meets the qualifications for 20 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, Counselors, RNs and others. Please call if you need more information.

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