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Psychodynamic Diagnosis and Treatment of Personality Disorders

Mar 23, 2017 08:45am -
Mar 23, 2017 05:00pm

Event Description

Jointly sponsored by The Continuing Education Program at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center,

a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School;

Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; and

William James College

Pre-Conference Institute

Psychodynamic Diagnosis and Treatment of Personality Disorders

with Nancy McWilliams, PhD

Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA

Psychodynamic therapists wanting to broaden and deepen their clinical skills will have an opportunity to develop proficiency in the use of a new, enhanced classification system for mental health disorders, one that will be explored in detail over the course of the day (Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM-2). This state-of-the-art paradigm focuses not simply on symptom clusters and maladaptive behaviors as defining “diagnostic categories” but rather on overall mental functioning, interpersonal competencies, emotional intelligence, coping strategies, and self-reflective capacity as defining more nuanced “personality patterns,” the understanding of which will then enable clinicians to formulate more individualized treatment plans for their patients. More specifically, instead of a diagnostic system that makes clinical distinctions on the basis of superficial, isolated, and observable “traits,” the holistic diagnostic system elaborated upon here –and offered as a complement to the aforementioned system – represents a more in-depth and whole-person approach to mental health issues, etiological factors, underlying psychodynamics, and relational patterns. With an emphasis always on the interface between theory and practice, clinical material will be presented throughout the day that demonstrates the efficacy of a therapeutic approach informed by a conceptualization of the patient as a complex, multidimensional, unique individual with both “surface” and “depth.”

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this Pre-Conference institute, participants will be able to:

  • Elaborate upon the inherent limitations of a diagnostic system that focuses primarily on symptom clusters and observable behaviors;

  • Describe the benefits of supplementing such a system with a more holistic perspective that conceives of the patient as a unique, multifaceted individual with complex personality patterns; and

  • Provide a few clinical examples that demonstrate the advantageous application of this broader-based and more personalized approach to psychodynamic work with patients.

8:45am-9:00am             Welcome and Overview, James Walton, MD

9:00am-5:00pm             Conference

12:30pm-1:45pm           Lunch (on your own)

5:00pm                           Adjourn

6 CE/CME Credits 
Program Code: PDT6


Nancy McWilliams, PhD, ABPP is on the faculty of at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology. She is author of Psychoanalytic Diagnosis, Psychoanalytic Case Formulation; and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She is Associate Editor of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (rev. ed. 2016). She is a former president of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association and is on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Psychology. Dr. McWilliams is the recipient of many awards including: the Gradiva Award for Best Psychoanalytic Clinical Book; the Goethe Scholarship Award; the Rosalee Weiss award for contributions to practice; the Laughlin distinguished teacher award; the Hans Strupp Award for teaching, practice and writing; and the Division 39 awards for both Leadership and Scholarship. Dr. McWilliams specializes in: psychoanalytic psychotherapy and supervision; the relationship between psychodiagnosis and treatment; alternatives to DSM diagnostic conventions; integration of feminist theory and psychoanalytic knowledge; the application of psychoanalytic understanding to the problems of diverse clinical populations; altruism; narcissism; and trauma and dissociative disorders. She is an honorary member of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Reduced tuition for attending BOTH Psychodynamic Psychotherapy conferences.

When registering for both conferences please search the program listing for either FULL CONFERENCE 2017 OR FULL CONFERENCE 2017 - Students.


Early Registration


January 31, 2017

Regular Registration


January 31, 2017


Fellows & Interns,

Unemployed &

Retired Professionals

Thursday Conference - PDT6




Main Conference - PP17




Both Conferences-PDT6/PP17

$495 (save $50) use


$550 (save $70) use FULL CONFERENCE

2017 option

$275 (save $45) use

FULL CONFERENCE 2017 - Students option


Event Type:Continuing Education Program
Category:Special Events
Early registration ends on Feb 04, 2017.
Regular registration starts on Feb 05, 2017 and ends on Mar 23, 2017.
Late registration starts on Mar 24, 2017.


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
 Pre-Conference Institute - Regular
Member Fee: $225.00$225.00$225.00
Non-Member Fee: $225.00$225.00$225.00
 Fellow's, Interns, Students
Member Fee: $125.00$125.00$125.00
Non-Member Fee: $125.00$125.00$125.00

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