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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
  • New Haven Lawn Club


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:


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. 

Once large gatherings can resume we anticipate that they will return to the New Haven Lawn Club.
We will be sure to advertise this change when it occurs.  

January 30, 2021

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

Lunch included will follow for all attendees

Register online for $10 discount!

Prices listed reflect discount.

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

If there are concerns about the weather, check back here for updated information about the conference.

To Register and Pay

Register and pay online with your credit card. Because of the extra bookkeeping actions required, we would like to encourage you to register online, where fees are discounted by $10.

Mail-in and on site registration will be $10 higher than the listed online registration fees for all categories of members and non-members. Walk-in registrations can be paid with check or credit card.

To pay by check, print and fill out the mail-in Registration Form and mail with your check to Conference Registrar, Matt Bukowski, LPC, 386 Prospect St. Apt. A1, New Haven, CT 06511. Mailed registrations must be postmarked by 2 Mondays before the conference to ensure arrival in time.

Refunds will be given in full if the Treasurer, Adna Linden, is contacted no later than the Monday before the conference.

Members - remember to log in to register as a member.

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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