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The Lawrence E. Lifson, MD, Conference on Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 2021

May 14, 2021 – May 15, 2021 | Register Now

Friday, May 14, 2021

Pathological Versions of Narcissism: Clinical, Interpersonal, and Social Implications

Nancy McWilliams, PhD, ABPP

The DSM 5’s “Narcissistic Personality Disorder” and descriptions of the toxic effects of pathological narcissism have been getting a lot of attention, and often distortion, in the popular press lately. What do therapists need to know to help both narcissistic individuals and those who suffer in relationship with them? The workshop covers narcissistic dynamics and their implications for clinicians, emphasizing the range from normal to pathological versions of a complex phenomenon. In the morning, Dr. McWilliams will focus on the continuum from healthy narcissism to seriously disturbed narcissistic psychology (Kernberg’s “malignant” narcissism) and psychopathy, including the DSM 5’s “Antisocial Personality Disorder.” She will explore both the more arrogant clinical presentations of narcissistic personality and the extensive literature on converse versions of narcissistic preoccupation (“covert,” “depressed-depleted,” hypervigilant,” or “closet” narcissism) and their clinical challenges. Theories of etiology will be described, including not only individual experience but also social and developmental context.

In the afternoon, her emphasis will be on treatment, not only of the person with narcissistic dynamics, but of those who deal with the problems that malignant narcissism poses to personal relationships, family connections, workplace and institutional functioning. Because therapists are frequently challenged to help those who are repeatedly devalued and criticized, and because individuals with pathological narcissism are often not self-referred but brought to couple therapy by unhappy partners, this focus on the interpersonal effects of narcissistic psychology has abundant clinical implications. Case vignettes will complement the theoretical, empirical, and clinical literature discussed.

Educational Objectives: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish between healthy and pathological narcissism;
  • Highlight the challenges for those in a personal relationship with a narcissistically oriented person;
  • Describe the challenges the clinician faces in working with narcissistic dynamics;
  • Articulate the core psychological difference between someone diagnosable with antisocial personality disorder and someone at the “malignant” end of the narcissistic continuum;
  • Clarify the distinction between the more overt and the more covert forms of narcissism;
  • Evaluate different treatment approaches for patients
    with narcissistic psychologies.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 2021

This extraordinary 18th annual conference features renowned faculty in the field of psychodynamic psychotherapy offering their innovative and evolving reflections on the integration of theoretical constructs into clinical practice, as well as case presentations and discussions by master clinicians.

Our overriding goal will be to widen the scope of applicability of psychodynamic psychotherapy to a broader range of clinical situations and to deepen understanding of the curative process, with special attention to the contributions of both patient and therapist in the unfolding of the “cure.”

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Define the contributions of different paradigms to therapeutic change;
  • Evaluate various therapeutic approaches to two compelling
    case presentations;
  • Determine the role of transference in the curative process;
  • Describe the difference between the transference and the
    real relationship;
  • Utilize the countertransference to inform a richer understanding
    of the patient;
  • Examine the role of the unconscious in the patient’s actions, reactions, and interactions;
  • Expound upon the role of rage in the repair of rupture;
  • Demonstrate effective ways to integrate theoretical constructs
    into clinical practice.

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