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Ombudsman Committee

The Ombudsman Committee is a resource for candidates, students, members to discuss concerns in an informal, confidential way. It can direct a concern to the proper resource and assist with a formal complaint, if needed. It reports to no one.

Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee receives written complaints alleging unethical conduct. Its procedures include ways to consider the merits of the complaint, investigating it, holding hearings if necessary, and making recommendations as to the appropriate disposition of the case. The Ethics Committee's guide is the American Psychoanalytic Association's Principles and Standards of Ethics for Psychoanalysts.

Colleague and Patient Assistance Committee

The Colleague and Patient Assistance Committee is a resource for candidates, students, members, and patients to express concerns about illness, impairment or other difficulties. Confidential discussion, evaluation, intervention or remediation can prevent concerns or difficulties evolving into ethics complaints.

Continuing Professional Education

The programs of the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis provide continuing professional education credits for physicians, for psychologists and for social workers. Please see the individual program sections for details.

Scientific Meetings

Scientific Meetings and workshops on psychoanalytic topics are organized each academic year. The topics address the interests and needs of members and candidates. The calendar of scientific meetings is published in the Scientific Meetings section of this Catalogue. Please check the Event calendar on our website at www.wcpweb.org for up to date information and to register.


The Newsletter is an in-house publication which is published twice a year. It includes discussion of issues of interest to members of the Center and has regular reports from the President and from various committee chairs. It is a forum for members to communicate with the entire membership about current topics and events related to psychoanalysis. The editor of the newsletter is responsible to the Board of Directors.

Research, Gary O. Morris Prize

This prize honors the memory of Dr. Morris and his interest in research by offering a small monetary award, recognition at the annual business meeting, and an opportunity to present the winning paper at the annual Colloquium. Members and candidates are encouraged to participate. The deadline for submitting five copies of a paper on psychoanalytic research is March 1.


The WCP website maintains a member directory of our psychoanalysts and psychotherapists who wish to have referrals from the membership at large or the general public. The website also contains a list of those people with time available for low-fee referrals.

Study Groups

Study Groups are composed by members with the focus of each group depending on the interests of its participants (e.g. clinical, research, theoretical etc.). Should a study group wish to offer continuing education credits, application requirements must be submitted to the Chair of the Continuing Professional Education Committee annually before the study group begins its program. See the Study Group section under Community Outreach for details.

Auditing Courses

Center members may audit a course of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, either in the Adult or Child/Adolescent program, without charge and with the consent of the Curriculum Committee and the seminar leader or instructor.


Psychoanalytic Electronic PublishingActive members of the Center automatically receive a subscription to Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing (PEPWEB). PEPWEB provides online access to all but the most recent issues of many leading psychoanalytic journals and some books, and includes the entire Standard Edition of Freud's collected works. PEPWEB also enables users to search the literature by author, topic, or key words.

Members PEPWeb log-in page

Virtual Community

The WCP's website is a virtual community which has many member-only features, including discussion forums, a bulletin board for referrals and other services, a listing of press articles of interest (current affairs), a directory search, the event calendar, online registration for all events, and many more. All members have a profile page through which they can access member-only forms and documents and pay dues or program fees online. The website address is www.wcpweb.org.

eDental Plan

e-DentalAll members of WCP are now eligible for high-value dental benefits through Dominion Dental Services’ eDental program. Members and their families can enroll online, over the phone or through the mail by visiting www.dominiondental.com/edental/wcp or by calling 1-877-681-3879. Individuals can join Dominion’s Dental HMO (DHMO) (in-network), PPO (any dentist), or Discount (in-network, lowest monthly payments) programs. These plans offer extensive coverage on over 250 dental services, 100% coverage for most diagnostic and preventive services, up to 80% coverage for restorative care including fillings, root canals, crown and bridge work, periodontal treatment, oral surgery, etc., and orthodontic coverage for children and adults. To find out more, including specifics about premiums, and to enroll, go to www.dominiondental.com/edental/wcp.

Groups (e.g. a member and his or her own staff ) can also set up a plan through the eDental program via payroll deduction. Please visit the website mentioned above for more details.