Sat, Feb 29, 2020
1:00 - 4:00 pm

San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP)

444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Jonathan Shedler, Ph.D.
Scientific Meeting
CE Credits: 
Participant Limit: 

$15 General Public
Free NCSPP Members
$10 CE Credit

Tuition listed above is for early registration ($15 discount off full fee). For registrations received after the deadline, full tuition will be applied to all registrations.

Early Registration Deadline: 
February 15, 2020


If you would like to be added to our wait list please click on register now link.


A Roadmap for Lasting Change

Course Overview: 

The hallmark of psychodynamic treatment is a focus on psychological patterns and processes that underlie overt symptoms — in other words, personality dynamics. In his lecture, “Personality Pathways to Depression,” Dr. Shedler will discuss the personality styles and syndromes most often seen in clinical practice (narcissistic, borderline, obsessive-compulsive, etc.), describe how each personality style represents a unique pathway to “depression” that requires a distinct treatment focus, and offer clinical strategies for deepening treatment. Building on concepts from the lecture, the clinical workshop will have a practical, hands-on clinical focus. Participants will develop a deeper appreciation of contemporary psychoanalytic/psychodynamic therapy through a clinical case presentation by a workshop participant, with case discussion, “live” clinical supervision, and role-playing to demonstrate effective intervention. Dr. Shedler will emphasize personality dynamics and the constructive use of transference and countertransference.

Course Objectives: 

At the end of this event participants will be able to:

  1. Describe 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 disorder and implications for treatment.
Empirical Reference: 
  1. Shedler, J. (2015). Integrating clinical and empirical perspectives on personality: The Shedler-Westen Assessment Procedure (SWAP). In S.K. Huprich (Ed.), Personality Disorders: Toward Theoretical and Empirical Integration in Diagnosis and Assessment. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
  2. Westen, D., Shedler, J., Bradley, B., DeFife, J. (2012). An empirically derived taxonomy for personality diagnosis: Bridging science and practice in conceptualizing personality. American Journal of Psychiatry, 169, 273-284.
  3. Russ, E., Shedler, J. Bradley, R., Westen, D. (2008). Refining the Construct of Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Diagnostic Criteria and Subtypes. American Journal of Psychiatry, 165, 1473-1481.
  4. Westen, D., Waller, N., Shedler, J., Blagov, P. (2014). Dimensions of personality and personality pathology: Factor structure of the Shedler-Westen Assessment Procedure-II (SWAP-II). Journal of Personality Disorders, 28, 281-318.
  5. McWilliams, N. & Shedler, J. (2017). Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual-2 (PDM-2): Personality Syndromes. NY: Guilford Press.
Commitment to Equity: 

NCSPP is aware that historically psychoanalysis has either excluded or pathologized groups outside of the dominant population in terms of age, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, gender, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, and size. As an organization, we are committed to bringing awareness to matters of anti-oppression, inequity, inequality, diversity, and inclusion as they pertain to our educational offerings, our theoretical orientation, our community, and the broader world we all inhabit.

Presenters Response:

Personality assessment requires critical thinking about the interplay of individual psychology, culture, and group identity, especially with respect to historically-excluded or pathologized groups. These issues will be discussed as they bear on scoring and interpretation of items and scales of the Shedler-Westen Assessment Procedure (SWAP-200), and the intersection of personal and cultural narratives in the treatment of personality styles. Tummala-Narra, P. (2016). Psychoanalytic theory and cultural competence in psychotherapy. Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association.


Jonathan Shedler, Ph.D., is an author, consultant, and master clinician and teacher. His article “The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy” won worldwide acclaim for establishing psychoanalytic therapy as an evidence-based treatment. A leading expert on personality styles and disorders and their treatment, Dr. Shedler leads professional workshops nationally and internationally and consults with clinicians, organizations, and U.S. and international government agencies.

Target Audience & Level: 

This event is for all mental health professionals at all instructional levels.

Continuing Education Credit: 

LCSW/MFTs: Course meets the requirements for 3 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPS, as required by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences. NCSPP is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider Number 57020), to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCS, and/or LEPs. NCSPP maintains responsibility for this program /course and its content.

Psychologists: Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.

Cancellation & Refund Policies: 

No refunds for this event.

Contact Information: 

For program related questions contact Jeremy Mintz at or 415-786-7961. 

For questions related to enrollment, locations, CE credit, special needs, course availability and other administrative issues contact Michele McGuinness by email or 415-496-9949.


Program Committee

The Program Committee is responsible for the Annual Lecture and for the presentation of various Scientific Meetings. The Annual Lecture is given by an internationally known analyst, while the Scientific Meetings generally feature the work of local psychoanalysts and others who are developing new ways of thinking about psychoanalysis.

Jeremy Mintz, Psy.D., Chair
Danni Biondini, MA
Jessica Brown, LMFT
Geetali Chitre
Justine Leichtling, Psy.D.