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Psychoanalytic Diagnosis and Case Formulation

February 27 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

$200 – $300

Nancy MacWilliams, PhD

OPQ Accreditation RA03422-21  3 CE hours

Saturday Febraury 27th 2021

from 9:30am to 12:30pm

Online Zoom (ID meeting and Password will be send to participants)


There are more and more people of all ages seeking therapy who have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder either clinically, through self-diagnosis or a family member who suspects BPD because of Internet research. However, practitioners should know that research shows that 10% of patients diagnosed with BPD remit within 6 months, 25% by a year and 50% by 2 years. Once patients have remitted, relapses are unusual. (Gunderson, Handbook of Good psychiatric Management for BPD, p. viii)

For a comprehensive and efficient course of treatment, the psychotherapist must have the tools to evaluate correctly the presentation before them, have a sense whether there are any comorbidities to consider and feel grounded in their theoretical understanding of the suffering experienced by the client before them. Furthermore, it would facilitate the psychotherapist’s understanding of BPD by considering whether he/she will be assessing for BPD traits or BPD organization to give a more focused direction to therapy.

Workshop attendees should have an interest in treating this population recognizing that the emotional demand on the psychotherapist may feel different than their other clients. It would be preferable, but not necessary, that attendees have a few years of practice treating this population.

Nancy MacWilliams
teaches at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology and has a private practice in Lambertville, NJ. She is author of Psychoanalytic Diagnosis (1994; rev. ed. 2011), Psychoanalytic Case Formulation (1999), and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2004), all with Guilford Press. She has edited or contributed to several other books, and is Associate Editor of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (2006, Lingiardi & McWilliams, 2017). 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. A graduate of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis, Dr. McWilliams is also affiliated with the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA. More info CLICK HERE

Learning Objectives:

  1. To explore the clinical limitations of current diagnostic taxonomies
  2. To introduce a more clinically useful way of thinking about patients.
  3. To help clinicians supplement the categorical and descriptive diagnosis of the DSM and ICD with more clinically oriented ways of understanding their patients.

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February 27
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
$200 – $300


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McWilliams - Argyle Clinical members & Argyle students$200.00Early bird fee until Feb 1, 2021

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McWilliams non-Argyle participants$250.00Early bird fee until Feb 1, 2021

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