George Washington University
Contact: Patrick Cody
Address: The George Washington University Professional Psychology Program (Psy.D.)
1922 F Street, NW Suite 103
Washington, DC 20052
Is your doctoral program accredited by the American
Is your program considered open to and inclusive of
Psychoanalytical/Psychodynamic theory and practice?
Does your program have any faculty that are certified
psychoanalysts, or in psychoanalytical training?
Does your program have psychoanalytically-oriented faculty,
and include psychoanalytical thought in their courses?
Does your program require introductory courses on psychoanalytical
theories and psychotherapy?
Which psychoanalytical theoretical perspectives does
your Program offer?
Other perspectives [Attachment Theory; Sullivan]
Does your program cover special topics from psychoanalytical
perspectives such as treatment of severe psychopathology, race, class, gender/sexuality, dreams, supervision, transference/counter-transference?
Does your program require courses on short-term psychotherapy
and crisis intervention that include psychoanalytical perspectives?
Program Description Provided by the Institution:
The philosophy of the Professional Psychology
Program centers on a developmental view of the personality, both in its normal and abnormal aspects. A developmental
view holds that no mental event can be fully explained without reference to its origins and transformations. The personality
is never a "given"; it is always in process, ebbing and flowing, sometimes turbulently so; sometimes in conflict. Because
of the uneasiness, conflict, and/or turbulence that occur in a person's thoughts, feelings and fantasies, as the personality
takes shape, we call the process of personality development "psychodynamic."
Here at the GWU Professional Psychology
Program, we study the seminal contributions of Sigmund Freud, and fully recognize the many substantive changes and advances
that have occurred in psychodynamic theory, practice and research that have occurred since his original contributions. We
not only welcome the ongoing developments in the field of psychodynamic psychology, we participate in them.
For example, we now know that much of
psychoanalytic theory was limited by its time and cultural norms. Today we look critically at theories related to the role
of women, ethnic minorities, and sexuality. We welcome diversity in theory and approach, and support evidence-based treatments.
As it is increasingly important for clinical
psychologists to be well versed in a variety of approaches that they can use as needs dictate, we require our students to
become familiar with more than one treatment modality. In recent years we have greatly increased our group therapy practice
offerings, increased couples and family therapy opportunities, and teach and promote the appropriate application of cognitive-behavioral
Above all we look to ground our psychological
treatments in research. Members of our faculty regularly disseminate research findings that support or refute the value of
specific psychotherapeutic work with specific populations, even as students and faculty seek to add to the body of knowledge
through publication and dissemination of their own research findings.
The George Washington University Professional Psychology Program (Psy.D.)
F Street, NW Suite 103
Washington, DC 20052
(Phone office): 202-994-4929 (Fax): 202-994-4800