Center Workshop via Zoom

The Efficacy of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy:

A lecture and clinical workshop with Jonathan Shedler, PhD

Apr. 17, 2021

9:00 am - 4:30 pm CDT

Jonathan Shedler, PhD
Jonathan Shedler, PhD

            Psychodynamic therapy is an evidence-based treatment. In the morning lecture—based on the internationally acclaimed article, The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy—Dr. Shedler will describe the seven core features of contemporary psychodynamic psychotherapy in clear, jargon-free language.

             Dr. Shedler will discuss scientific evidence for the benefits of psychodynamic therapy and how it compares to other evidence-based treatments like CBT and antidepressant medication. Dr. Shedler will also describe how the active ingredients of all effective psychotherapies draw on (often unacknowledged) psychodynamic principles, such as enhancing self-knowledge, identifying problematic relationship patterns, and addressing these patterns in the “here and now” of the therapy relationship.

           The afternoon will have a practical, hands-on clinical focus, building on concepts from the morning lecture. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of contemporary psychodynamic therapy through clinical case presentations by workshop participants with case discussion, “live” clinical supervision, and role playing to demonstrate clinical interventions. Dr. Shedler will emphasize the role of clinical case formulation as a road map to effective psychodynamic treatment.


Learning Objectives:

After attending this session, participants should be able to:

1.    Describe the seven distinctive features of contemporary psychodynamic therapy.

2.  Describe empirical evidence supporting psychodynamic therapy.

3.    Apply a deeper understanding of the clinical treatment process

through case discussion, role play, and live clinical supervision.

Dr. Jonathan Shedler is the author of what may be the most widely read psychoanalytic paper of our time, The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.  Hailed as a contemporary classic, it establishes psychodynamic therapy as an evidence-based treatment. He is a leading expert on personality styles and disorders and their treatment, author of the Shedler-Westen Assessment Procedure (SWAP-200) for personality diagnosis and clinical case formulation, and co-author with Nancy McWilliams of the Personality section of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM-2). He has published close to 100 scientific and scholarly articles, and his popular blogs reach audiences in the hundreds of thousands. He teaches and lectures internationally and consults to clinicians around the world. He is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a faculty member at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis.

Date and Time:

Saturday, Apr. 17, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT

Morning session 9:00 a.m. - noon

Lunch Break noon-1:00 p.m. 

Afternoon session 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • The morning session will include didactic lecture and discussion.
  • The afternoon session will build on concepts covered in the morning session, featuring a hands-on clinical workshop with case presentations for live supervision and discussion. 

Registration is required for this workshop. To register, click here.


Registration Fee:

Regular $175

Center Members $125

Candidates/Fellows/Residents/Students $100 

Graduate Students NOT needing CEUs/CMEs $50

6 CMEs/CEUs are available for this all-day workshop.

 The cost of credits is included in your registration fee. (Exception: Special student rate of $50)


Please email or call (816) 512-7438 if you have questions!

 Instructions for Zoom attendance will be sent at a later date.

 Helpful Information to Access and Participate in the Center Seminar
·     We strongly recommend that you use your PC or Mac for this meeting rather than a phone or tablet, as the reception and functionality are much better.
·     Zoom instructions will be sent as the event date approaches.
·     When you enter the meeting, you will be in mute. This is to ensure that we are not overrun with random sound from each participant’s microphone. We request that you  have your camera turned on and video enabled   throughout this Zoom workshop.
·     When called on to speak, you can click the microphone icon at the bottom left of your screen, or you can hold down the space bar. Please be sure to mute yourself again after you have spoken. 
·     Make sure you have labeled your name in the box with your video picture. If you have not done so, or if you want to change your name, place your mouse on your video image. In the right corner, you will see three dots (…). Click the dots, then click “rename” and insert your name as you want it to read.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

 This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Greater Kansas City-Topeka 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 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)(TM).  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. 

About the Center

The Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center is a nonprofit organization which provides a forum for discussion of theoretical, cultural, and clinical ideas regarding psychoanalysis, as well as networking opportunities for professionals, through community forums, professional workshops and annual film series. Membership is open to any person with a serious interest in psychoanalysis. The Center is the parent organization of the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute, which provides post graduate training in the theory and practice of psychoanalysis. More information about the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center is available at