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Pathological Versions Of Narcissism: Clinical And Social Implications

The Denver Psychoanalytic Society Presents:

Pathological Versions of Narcissism: Clinical and Social Implications

Featuring Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D.

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This workshop will consider ways in which narcissistic concerns may infuse personality. It will touch on both the more arrogant presentations of narcissistic personality disorder (e.g., as described in the DSM) and the extensive literature on converse versions of narcissistic preoccupation (“covert,” “depressed-depleted,” “hypervigilant,” or “closet” narcissism, as depicted in thePsychodynamic Diagnostic Manual). Dr. McWilliams will discuss the range of narcissism from healthy to seriously disturbed presentations (Kernberg’s “malignant narcissism”), putting emphasis on the dangers that malignant narcissism poses to personal relationships, family connections, workplace and institutional functioning, and political processes. Clinical implications of pathological narcissistic presentations will be explored. 

The morning will be devoted to Dr. McWilliams' foundation for understanding narcissism.  The afternoon will feature relevant case presentations by Dana Charatan, Psy.D. and Kelly Crim, LPC which will be discussed by Dr. McWilliams.


Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D. teaches at Rutgers University's Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology and has a private practice in Lambertville, NJ.  She is author of Psychoanalytic Diagnosis (1994; rev. ed. 2011), Psychoanalytic Case Formulation (1999), and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2004), all with Guilford Press.  She has edited, coauthored, or contributed to several other books, and is Associate Editor of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (2006; 2nd ed. 2017).  A former president of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association, she is on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Psychology.  Dr. McWilliams is a graduate of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis and is also affiliated with the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey.  Awards Dr. McWilliams has received include Gradiva prize (1999), the Goethe Scholarship Award (2012), the Rosalee Weiss award for contributions to practice (2004), the Laughlin distinguished teacher award (2007), the Hans Strupp Award for teaching, practice and writing (2014), and the Division 39 of the American Psychological Association (APA) awards for both Leadership (2005) and Scholarship (2012).

ana Charatan, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Boulder, CO. Dr. Charatan received her Master of Clinical Psychology degree from Ferkauf School of Psychology at Yeshiva University, and her Doctorate in Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is on the Board and was previously the Secretary of Psychoanalysis Division 39 of The American Psychological Association.

Kelly Crim, LPC
is a psychotherapist in private practice in Lakewood, CO and a third year candidate in Adult Psychoanalytic Training at the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis.  Ms. Crim has a Bachelor's degree in clinical nutrition from the University of Washington and a Master's degree in counseling from Idaho State University.  While her practice is a general one, Ms. Crim has combined her expertise in nutrition and psychotherapy for a subspecialty with patients with eating disorders.

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM
Anshutz Medical Campus - Hensel Phelps Auditorium

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