Front Porch Lecture Series Presents: Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D.

Friday September 20, 2013 – Friday September 20, 2013

Nomad Theater

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Relational Trauma, Attachment Disturbance, and Personality Style: Therapeutic Implications of Different Developmental Narratives


Implications of Different Developmental Narratives

Understanding developmental narratives can have a profound impact on the way therapists approach the treatment of their clients or patients.  Dr. McWilliams will explain this process and how it can set the stage for a more successful treatment.  She will make the material come to life by showing a videotaped consultation she conducted with a man whose adult personality and ongoing difficulties seemed to express a combination of temperamental factors, relational trauma, and sensitivity to affective overload. She will elaborate on why she intervened as she did and invite reflections from the audience.

The psychotherapy literature has addressed individuality from diverse perspectives and through many lenses. Variations in personality have been conceptualized as expressing differences in biologically based temperamental proclivities, drive (currently conceptualized in terms of neurotransmitters and brain systems), attachment pattern, maturational achievement, traumatic experience, favored defenses and coping mechanisms, affective organization, core implicit cognitions about self and others, core conflicts and relational themes, and the need for self-definition in context of community, and ethnic, religious, and cultural sensibilities. Dr. McWilliams will attempt to integrate this diverse literature under the topic of developmental narratives, with an emphasis on the clinical implications of thinking about clients from these varying perspectives.

Friday, September 20, 2013
Registration: 8:30 AM | Lecture: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Continental breakfast & Lunch will be served

Location: Nomad Theater – 1410 Quince Avenue, Boulder, CO 80304
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General Admission: $135.00          BIPR Subscribers: $108.00
General admission and subscribers may register by filling out the form at the bottom of this page, or by downloading this form and sending it along with a check to: BIPR 1240 Pine Street, Boulder, Co 80302

Students/Non-Profit Employees: $75.oo
Students/Non-profits may register by downloading this form and mailing  it along with a check to: BIPR 1240 Pine Street, Boulder, Co 80302 (No online registration available for Students/Non-profits)

Nancy McWilliams teaches at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology and has a private practice in Flemington, NJ. She is author of Psychoanalytic Diagnosis: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process (1994; rev. ed. 2011), Psychoanalytic Case Formulation (1999), and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Practitioner’s Guide (2004), all with Guilford Press, and was Associate Editor of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (2006).  She is a former president of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association, and is on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Psychology.  Dr. McWilliams’s books have been translated into fifteen languages, and she has lectured widely both nationally and internationally.  Her book on case formulation received the Gradiva Award for best psychoanalytic clinical book of 1999; her 2011 revision of Psychoanalytic Diagnosis received the Goethe Scholarship Award from the Canadian Psychological Association’s Section on Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychology. In 2004 she was given the Rosalee Weiss Award for contributions to practice by the Division of Independent Practitioners of the American Psychological Association; in 2006 she was made an Honorary Member of the American Psychoanalytic Association.  The American Psychological Association chose her to represent psychoanalytic therapy in a 2011 remake of the classic film, “Three Approaches to Psychotherapy” ( ) in which one client sees three different therapists (McWilliams, Judith Beck, and Les Greenberg). A graduate of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis, Dr. McWilliams is also affiliated with the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey and the National Training Program of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York City.



  1. Karen Lenzi says

    I am so sorry to be missing Dr. McWilliam’s presentation! Will you be recording it and if so, how might I access it? Thanks, miss you guys.

    Karen Lenzi. 720-971-2931

    • Heidi says

      Hi Karen,

      Due to copyright issues we do not record the lectures. Sorry!

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