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Saturday, February 23rd 2019

The Continuum of Madness, with Special Attention to Narcissism

Dr. Nancy McWilliams
presented by Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis

NEW VENUE! OISE Auditorium, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor St. W., Toronto, M5S 1V6

Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D., will explore the contemporary conceptualization of psychosis, emphasizing the clinical value of construing psychopathology dimensionally. The evolution of the concept of pathological narcissism will be reviewed, with emphasis on the dangers of malignant narcissism.

Join us on Saturday, February 23, 2019 for this day-long event investigating the evolution and clinical challenges of psychosis and narcissism.

About the Day

Morning Session: Rethinking Madness: The Therapeutic Value of a Dimensional Conception of Psychotic Process

There is a psychotic level of many psychological conditions, not merely the schizophrenic illnesses and psychotic mood disorders. Dr. McWilliams will emphasize the clinical value of construing psychopathology dimensionally, with specific implications for the psychotherapy process.

Afternoon Session: Problematic Versions of Narcissism: Clinical and Social Implications

The range of narcissism will be discussed, from healthy to seriously disturbed psychologies, putting emphasis on the dangers that malignant narcissism poses to personal relationships, family connections, workplace and institutional functioning, and political processes.

Read the Full Event Brochure HERE

About the Presenter

Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D., teaches at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology and practices in Lambertville, New Jersey. She is author of Psychoanalytic Diagnosis (1994, rev. ed. 2011), Psychoanalytic Case Formulation (1999), and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2004), is associate editor of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (2006, 2017), and is on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Psychology. She has edited or contributed to several other books and has written numerous articles on topics related to psychotherapy. A former president of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychoanalytic Association, she has been featured in three APA videos of master clinicians, the most recent being “Three Approaches to Psychotherapy.” Her books are available in 20 languages; she lectures widely both nationally and internationally.

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