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

  • 30 Jan 2021
  • 11:00 AM - 2:45 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


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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

January 30, 2021

11:00 am – 2:45pm

Art: Delaunay, Relief-disques, 1936

CSPP conferences will be held via Zoom until further notice.  

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, which will be virtually presented at the beginning of the conference.

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

Conference Schedule

The conference begins at 11:00 with the Presentation of the 2020 Dale Ortmeyer Memorial Award to Dr Shedler by Wendy Stewart.

11am  –12:30 Lecture
12:30  – 1:15 Lunch break
1:15   –  2:45 Case Presentations and Discussion


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 3 continuing education hours (NASW & Div. 39) Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Social workers can receive continuing education credit through NASW/CT.

If CE credit is desired, please mark the appropriate box on the registration page. A $3.00 fee will be added. In addition, 100% attendance and a completed evaluation form is required to receive CE credit. The evaluation form will be sent in the form of an online survey to all registrants within a few days after the event. Questions/problems, contact the registrar,  Matt Bukowski.

To Register and Pay

All registrations must be made and paid for online.

Refunds will be given in full until the Monday before the conference. To receive a refund cancel your registration online by going to your profile in the upper right corner, select "My Event Registrations" click on the event, then click on "Cancel Reservation." If you have problems, you can contact the registrar, Matt Bukowski.

A zoom link will be sent the day before the event.

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Please note:  If you had registered for the Shedler Conference that would have occurred in March 2020, that registration will be cancelled and you should receive a full refund in the form of a check from the CSPP Treasurer, Nellie Filipopulous.  You will need to register and pay online here for the revised and discounted Zoom conference.

Members and Contacts - Need to update your information? Please login to your profile, then click under your name at View Profile, to make any changes or additions, including changes of email addresses. If you have problems, contact Ashley Warner, Corresponding Secretary.

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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