MCPP Monthly Meeting


Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy



Addressing Anxiety: What We Can Learn From Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy

 By Peter Wood, M.S.W.

October 20, 2019

11 a.m.-1 p.m.


Lake Superior Room

Michigan State University Union Building

East Lansing, MI 48824


No Registration Needed 


Anxiety is perhaps the most frequently diagnosed problem in our offices.  We are not only called on to understand the meaning and function of anxiety in our patients' lives, we can also feel tremendous pressure to help our patients manage or reduce their anxiety levels.  Intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP) offers a helpful perspective on the role of anxiety in the psychic economy, and ways of assessing addressing anxiety that can supplement and lend greater precision to our clinical work.  Case examples will demonstrate the usefulness of this approach.

Peter Wood M.S.W  is a psychoanalyst in private practice in East Lansing, Michigan.  He has served in several capacities on the Board of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Council, most notably as Vice President for Training from 2008-2015, and currently, as President.  He has previously published a paper, “Skin of Hate, Skin of Love” in the journal Psychoanalytic Social Work.


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

1.) Explain the role of anxiety in defense analysis.

2.) Describe the continuum of physiological signs of anxiety.

3.) List three tools to help patients regulate their anxiety.


Driving Directions:

To nearest (and free) parking:

Go to Grand River Ramp #6 (lot #103, bldg. #0222), which is right next to the Olin Health Center off East Grand River Avenue.
For navigation purposes use:
Olin Health Center
463 East Circle Drive
East Lansing, MI 48824.

Walking directions to M.S.U. Union from Grand River Parking Ramp #6:

Walk out of the parking structure on the E. & W. Circle Drive side NOT on the E. Grand River Avenue side.  Take a RIGHT on the sidewalk, such that West Circle Drive is on your left side. The first building you pass (on your right) will be the Human Ecology Building, followed by the Union at the corner of West Circle Drive and Abbot Road. 

If you need wheelchair access, take a right on Abbot Road and you will see the Union’s access on the right.  Once in the building, go up to the 3rd floor to find the Lake Superior Room



 Questions?  Please email David Freiband, Ph.D., V.P. for Programs, at



Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (MCPP) is an independent, contemporary training institute founded on feminist principles and open to diverse theoretical perspectives.  We offer a positive professional community and welcome colleagues from within and without the psychoanalytic community to join us for our free monthly programs and classes. Monthly programs include continental breakfast.

This presentation is open to all interested persons, regardless of their level of experience or knowledge of psychoanalysis. There is no registration needed for our Sunday presentations.

Two social work CEUs and psychology CE credits are available. There is a $25 fee for non-members.*  

The Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy is approved by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative to provide CE credits for social workers. The Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  

The Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education credits for psychologists. The Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Click here for the APA certificate. 

For more information please contact V.P. for Programs, David Freiband, at Regarding CEUs for social workers, please contact Marybeth Atwell, LMSW at and CEs for psychologists, please contact Ralph Hutchison, PhD at

* None of the planners and presenters of this continuing education program have any relevant financial relationship to disclose.