Events Calendar
Prev MonthPrev Month Next MonthNext Month
Introduction to Psychodynamic Assessment
Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 5:30 PM - 7:10 PM EDT
Category: Courses

Introduction to Psychodynamic Assessment
Instructor: Donald Rosenblitt, MD
via Zoom

Psychodynamic assessment has two meanings.  It refers to a mode of conducting an assessment.  It refers to a determination of the degree to a form of treatment (psychodynamic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis) and a particular patient match.  This course will explore both of these topics.

The assessment of the match of psychodynamic/psychoanalytic treatment and patient also has two components which can be framed as questions.  First: Given the broad array of treatments and life activities that have potential constructive contributions to emotional and behavioral life, is psychodynamic/psychoanalytic treatment the optimal recommendation for this particular person?  Second; Does this person have the personality qualities that would enable them to engage successfully in a psychodynamic/psychoanalytic approach?  This course will also explore these questions.

The course will primarily make use of Nancy McWilliams' text Psychoanalytic Diagnosis, Second Edition: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process. Additionally, various selected articles will be used.  The initial syllabus will not contain all of the readings; some will be added as the course evolves and the educational needs of the class are clearer. There is much to cover, and the reading will generally require 3 – 4 hours of preparation for each class.

This course is for clinicians at the beginning through intermediate levels.

Prerequisite: Students will need a basic exposure to and understanding of psychoanalytic theory and its application to the treatment of patients. Applicants can meet this requirement through previous coursework, training, or supervision (e.g., Thinking Psychoanalytically: The Basics; the PPSC Introductory Course; psychoanalytic coursework or supervision in graduate school/residency or post-graduation). Applicants who don't meet this requirement can register for the course with the permission of the instructor.


Register Here

  via Zoom
When:     August 25- December 15, 2020 (no class EIThER week of Labor Day or week of Thanksgiving)
Time:       5:30PM-7:00pm
CME Credits: 24 / CE clock hours: 24 / NBCC: 24 clock hours / All others: Letter of Attendance

Training Program Credit: Students who successfully complete this course can earn credit in both the psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy training programs.

About the InstructorDonald Rosenblitt, MD

Required TextPsychoanalytic Diagnosis, Second Edition: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process by Nancy McWilliams, PhD

Syllabus: click here

Registration and Tuition Deadline deadline is August 18.  $25 Registration Fee is due at the time of application.
Tuition: $650  
$485 for students matriculated in the training programs 
$600 for residents and graduate students
Payment plans can be arranged with the Administrator

Matriculated students aren't charged a course registration fee.  Students who register for more than one course in a semester pay only one registration fee.  In special circumstances, we may accept registrations after the registration deadline, but there will be an additional $20 late registration fee.

Course Cancellation Policy

Course Learning Objectives: 
Class participants will be able to:
  1. Explain the importance of an early psychodynamic assessment and demonstrate an ability to formulate a preliminary diagnosis. 
  2. Discuss the complexities of the concept of personality organization.
  3. Compare or contrast the basic Hysterical traits and Histrionic personalities.
  4. Describe obsessive and compulsive personality disorders.
  5. Explain the importance of Zetzel’s formulation of the “So-called Good Hysteric”.
  6. Describe the importance of attachment theory, especially in the early works of John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth and the recent contributions of Fonagy.
  7. Compare the different points of view regarding borderline personality disorder and borderline personality organization as discussed by Akhtar and Kernberg.
  8. Describe the differences between narcissistic personality disorder, narcissistic traits, narcissistic personality, borderline personality disorder and borderline traits.
  9. Describe the clinical presentation of the schizoid patient and the putative etiology of this personality disorder.
  10. Describe the clinical presentation of depressive and manic personality disorders.
  11. Describe the clinical presentation of masochistic personality disorder and its putative etiology.
  12. Describe the clinical presentation of psychopathic personalities.
  13. Demonstrate the capacity to apply an understanding of dissociative states to personality disorders and how this may present in traumatized patients.
  14. Demonstrate an ability to recognize and assess the bio-psycho-social factors which contribute to the client’s psychodynamic assessment and capacity for insight and psychoanalytic treatment.



CE-CME Information:


This activity had been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. 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 up to 40 credit hours AA PRA Category 2 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 of presenters of the CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.


The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas has been approved by the NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6518. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is solely responsible for all aspects of the program


Contact: [email protected]