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The National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis



Mental Health: A Vanishing Concept


It has become common to construe therapy as about symptom relief or “behavioral” health. Such a focus reflects the interests of the insurance and pharmaceutical industries, which have a stake in defining wellness narrowly, as the absence of observable symptoms and problem behaviors. It also reflects the needs of researchers to operationalize outcomes in statistically manageable ways. But the research paradigm has been misapplied to the realm of clinical practice. In the mid-1900s, there was a spirited professional conversation (e.g., by Horney, Maslow, Szasz, Jahoda) about what constitutes mental health in a broader sense. We need to have that conversation again in the context of a more global, diverse, and fast-changing culture. Dr. McWilliams will review both traditional and more recently formulated components of mental health, such as ego strength, affect tolerance, security of attachment, mentalization, and capacity for intimacy, with an emphasis on implications for psychotherapy and counseling.

Date:     Friday, May 13th, 2011

    The Academy House (Lower Level)
             1420 Locust Street
             Philadelphia, PA 19102

Time:    1:00pm-5:00pm (Registration & Light Lunch at 12:30)

215-735-9096 (Academy House) or 215-450-9941 (Marion’s cell)

Learning Objectives: Upon Completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the recent history of the concept of mental health and the controversies that have attended it.

  2. Discriminate between research paradigms and clinical paradigms and avoid misapplying the former to the latter.

  3. Distinguish between self-in-relation and self-definition orientations and appreciate their implications for psychotherapy.

  4. Translate to their therapeutic work sixteen elements of mental and emotional health.

Our Presenter: Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D 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), Psychoanalytic Case Formulation (1999), and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Practitioner’s Guide (2004), all with Guilford Press, and is Associate Editor of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (2006). She is Past President of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association, and on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Psychology. Dr. McWilliams’s books have been translated into thirteen 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; in 2004 she was given the Rosalee Weiss Award for contributions to practice by the Division of Independent Practitioners of the American Psychological Association.

CE Credits
This activity is being co-sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) and The Philadelphia Jungian Professional Club. NAAP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists. NAAP maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program provides four (4) hours of CE credits for Psychologists and Social Worker Board licensees..

FEES: $125 (Enrollment is limited.)
Participants requesting CE credits will be charged an additional $20 ($5 for each credit).

To register, go to http://www.thejungclub.com.  Print out registration form and mail with check to;

      PPS, c/o Dr. Marion Rudin Frank,

      250 S.17th Street, Suite 101,

      Phila.Pa. 19103.

      Or call 215-545-7800