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Clinical Conference: Jonathan Shedler: Personality Dynamics in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy: A Roadmap for Change

  • 30 Jan 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Zoom Webinar


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The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology


Jonathan Shedler, PhD

Personality Dynamics in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy:

A Roadmap for Change

Lecture and Clinical Workshop

At this point it is unclear whether this conference will be held in person or via Zoom. 

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January 30, 2021

9:00 am – 3:30 pm
The New Haven Lawn Club
193 Whitney Ave, New Haven

The Speaker:  American psychologist Jonathan Shedler, PhD is known internationally as an author, consultant, and master clinician and teacher.  He is the 2020 recipient of the Dale Ortmeyer Memorial Award. 

Dr Shedler's article The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy won worldwide acclaim for establishing psychoanalytic therapy as an evidence-based treatment. He is a leading expert on personality styles and disorders and their treatment and co-author (with Nancy McWilliams) of the Personality Syndromes section of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM-2) . Dr. Shedler leads professional workshops nationally and internationally and consults to clinicians, organizations, and U.S. and international government agencies.


The hallmark of psychodynamic treatment is a focus on psychological patterns and processes that underlie overt symptoms—in other words, personality dynamics. In the morning lecture, “Personality Pathways to Depression,” Dr. Shedler will discuss personality syndromes common in clinical practice (e.g., narcissistic, borderline, obsessive-compulsive), describe how each represents a unique pathway to “depression” requiring a distinct treatment focus, and offer clinical strategies for deepening treatment.

Building on concepts from the morning, the afternoon workshop will have a hands-on clinical focus. Participants will develop a deeper appreciation of contemporary psychodynamic therapy through clinical case presentations by participants, with case discussion, “live” supervision, and role playing to demonstrate effective intervention. Dr. Shedler will emphasize personality dynamics and the constructive use of transference and countertransference.


1. Understand how familiar personality styles represent distinct pathways to depressive disorders

2. Describe how narcissistic, paranoid, and borderline personality styles create psychological vulnerability to depression

3. Describe the defining features of depressive personality as a diagnostic construct and its implications for treatment

4. Develop a deeper understanding of role of personality in the clinical treatment process through case discussion, role play, and live clinical supervision

Recommended Readings  

Lingiardi, V., Shedler, J., Gazillo, F. (2006). Assessing personality change in psychotherapy with the SWAP-200: A case study. Journal of Personality Assessment, 86, 23-32.


Chapter on Personality Syndromes in Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual-2:  McWilliams, N. & Shedler, J. (2017). Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual-2 (PDM-2): Personality Syndromes. NY: Guilford Press.

For more information and PDFs of his writings, see Dr Shedler's website at jonathanshedler.com.

Conference Schedule

8:30    9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00  –  10:30 Presentation

Dale Ortmeyer Memorial Award Presentation

by Wendy Steward, Ph.D., CSPP Historian

10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:00 Presentation
12:00   1:00 Lunch for all attendees included in the conference fee
1:00  –   2:30 Workshop

2:45  –   3:30  Wrap Up


The conference is appropriate for professionals interested in the practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The instructional level of this conference is intermediate.

Continuing Education

This conference has been approved for for 5 continuing education hours (NASW & Div. 39)


The New Haven Lawn Club

193 Whitney Ave, New Haven

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Update for Shedler Conference

Currently, Jonathan Shedler is re-scheduled for January 30, 2021. If the COVID restrictions are lifted, we hope we can hold a full day, in person program.

If COVID restrictions remain, we will hold the event virtually and shorten the program.  We will make those decisions in November 2020. 

Many people have registered and paid for the original conference. We have received some requests for the registration fee to be returned and they have been refunded. Many of you have been waiting, knowing that we will apply your payment toward the conference when it is held. If it is shortened, we will refund monies to everyone who registered.

If you need to request your refund now please send an email request to Nellie Filippopoulos, PsyD, the CSPP treasurer.

If you are able to wait until the final shape of the conference has been decided in November, we request that you do so.  It will probably be easier to process these en masse rather than one at a time.

Thank you for your forbearance.


Ellen Nasper, Ph.D.

CSPP Clinical Conference Chair

Once registration is open

Register and pay online with your credit card. 

Refunds will be given in full if the the registrar, Matt Bukowski., is contacted no later than the Monday before the conference.

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Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Participants are asked to be aware of needs for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them.

Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Ellen Nasper, PhD, at Ellen Nasper.

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