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CE - Sola
2250 NW Flanders Street, Suite 312
Portland, OR 97210

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Thursday, February 14, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM PST
Category: CE

Psychoanalytic Character Diagnosis

with Ann Sola, PhD

Course Dates:                       2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7/2019

Course Time:                        7:00 – 8:30pm

Total CMEs Possible:          6.0

Course Description: This course is an introduction to the diagnostic method set forth in Nancy McWilliams’s textbook, Psychoanalytic Diagnosis: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process. This is a practical and flexible approach to diagnosing in a clinical setting.


Over the past two years, I have been consulting weekly by telephone with Dr. McWilliams. I have discussed several of my long-term cases with her and am excited to share some of her insights about using diagnostic formulation in your psychoanalytic work.


The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to this diagnostic approach.  In the first class, we will discuss developmental levels of personality organization as they fall on the Neurotic – Borderline - Psychotic spectrum.  I will provide a case example on the psychotic spectrum and look forward to hearing about any of your cases that come to mind as you read the first assigned chapters or during class.


The other three classes will be an in-depth examination of three distinct types of character organization: hysterical (histrionic), schizoid, and masochistic (self-defeating).  We will explore common defenses and adaptive process employed, therapeutic implications of the diagnosis, relational patterns, and potential transference and counter-transference responses in patient and therapist. 

The course emphasizes practical application of this diagnostic method and students will be encouraged to present case material relevant to the content being discussed.

Learning Objectives: At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Obtain a working knowledge of three different developmental levels of personality organization.
  2. Identify defensive and adaptive processes employed by your patients who have character patterns shaped by schizoid, hysteric (histrionic) or masochistic (self-defeating) dynamics.
  3. Analyze transference and counter-transference responses, and therapeutic implications of working with patients with the schizoid, hysteric or masochistic dynamics.

Registration Fee: $200
Professional Level Member Rate: $180
Students/Residents: $100 (call for discount code) 

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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Oregon Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
 The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Contact: [email protected]