Rescheduled Ethics Conference
Houston Psychoanalytic Society
Conflicts and Ethics
in Psychoanalytic Consultation and Supervision
Nancy McWilliams, PhD
NEW DATE: Saturday, March 25, 2023
10:00AM - 1:15PM Central Time

3 CE/CME/CEUs (Ethics)

Live via Zoom
*Pre-Registration required for Zoom invitation

Registration Fees
HPS Active Members: $90
HPS Friend Members: $105
HPS Student Members: $45
Non-Members: $120

Instructional Level: Intermediate
Beginning therapists tend to go to supervisors with ethical questions at a very high frequency, and most experienced therapists know they need to seek consultation when facing ethical dilemmas. Because the literature on psychoanalytic supervision, especially in the domain of ethics, is quite limited, there is a need for meetings at which practitioners consider the unique and highly complex ethical problems that psychodynamic therapists may encounter. Rather than construing ethics as a set of rules of procedure, this conference anchors ethical questions within the general principles of the psychological and medical professions, placing clinical and supervisory choices within the broader humanistic goals that underlie the exploratory psychotherapies.

After attending the program in its entirety, attendees will be able to:
  1. Enumerate five relevant general ethical principles of the helping professions.
  2. Make ethical choices within the relevant cultural contexts of the patient and/or the therapist.
  3. Define and apply the psychoanalytic concept of the moral or cultural “third."
  4. Designate four kinds of information to which patients are ethically entitled, despite psychoanalytic conventions recommending the analytic therapist be a “blank screen.”

Nancy McWilliams, PhD is a retired professor of clinical psychology at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She has a private practice in Lambertville, New Jersey. She is author of Psychoanalytic Diagnosis (1994, rev. ed. 2011), Psychoanalytic Case Formulation (1999), and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2004), which have become contemporary classics in the psychoanalytic literature. Her most recent textbook is Psychoanalytic Supervision (2021). Dr. McWilliams is also associate editor of both editions of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (2006, 2017). A former president of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association (APA), she has been featured in three APA videos of master clinicians. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Her books are available in 20 languages, and she has taught in 30 countries.

McWilliams, N. (2021). Psychoanalytic supervision. New York: Guilford. Especially ch. 6: Supervision and ethics: The larger context (pp. 109-132.)

Watkins, C. E., Jr., & Hook, J. N. (2016). On a culturally humble psychoanalytic supervision perspective: Creating the cultural third. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 33(3): 487-517.

Watkins, C. E., Jr., Hook, J. N., Owen, J., DeBlaere, C., Davis, D. E., & Callahan, J. L. (2019). Creating and elaborating the cultural third: A doers-doing with perspective on psychoanalytic supervision. American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 79(3): 352-374.

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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 American Psychoanalytic Association and the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, as a co-sponsor of Houston Psychoanalytic Society. 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 3 AMA PRA Category 1 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 and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. 
*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.
-Updated July 2021-
Houston Psychoanalytic Society is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Houston Psychoanalytic Society maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

HPS, through co-sponsorship with the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, also offers approved CEs for social workers, licensed professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists.
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