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Personality Structure and its implications for Psychotherapy with Nancy McWilliams
For: Professionals
Provided by: Medipsy

Date and Time

Thu Mar 1, 2018 (This event is over)
9:00 - 4:00pm


149 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, ON, K2P 0H7

Event Description

Many of us chose a vocation in psychotherapy because we were fascinated with individual differences. Research findings support this focus: personality and relationship variables consistently show a greater influence on outcome than type of treatment. This workshop will conceptualize personality differences as they are presented in the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual, second edition (2017).

Dr. McWilliams will describe personality dimensionally, contextually, and inferentially, with attention to subjective experience, repetitive themes, defensive patterns, central conflicts, self-esteem maintenance, and relational patterns rather than observable “traits.” Throughout the day, the focus will be on the practical value of understanding clients’ personalities in depth, whether or not the personality is “disordered”. This focus facilitates adaptation to clients’ individual styles of learning and changing as they address the problems that constitute the central focus of treatment.

Although some background in basic psychoanalytic ideas will be helpful, neither an in-depth familiarity with psychoanalysis nor a commitment to psychodynamic approaches is necessary to benefit from the day. The workshop is oriented toward an inclusive, diverse population of therapists of all theoretical orientations who struggle with short or long-term issues rooted in personality in a range of settings. Emphasis will be on the practical applications of the concepts.

$230 (+ taxes). Early registration ends February 10th, 2018. Regular fee: $260 + taxes. Register online.

After this workshop, participants will be able:
- To explicate the differences between, and the respective clinical implications of, categorical and dimensional approaches to describing individual differences.
- To enumerate ten evidence-based angles of vision through which personality can be conceptualized.
- To use clinically relevant ways to frame personality organization and disorder, both typologically and in terms of relative degree of mental health.
- To apply the contributions of research on affect and attachment to the understanding and treatment of psychological problems rooted in personality and to use the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual, second edition, as a clinical resource.

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