[Change the date] A day of teaching with… Nancy McWilliams


The Flemish Association for Psychoanalytic Therapy (VVPT) regrets to announce that its third “Day of Teaching with…” planned for November 19th will be postponed. This decision was taken in consultation with Dr. McWilliams. The COVID situation in the United States is currently such that Dr. McWilliams can no longer guarantee her attendance in November. In our previous save-the-date message we already pointed out this possibility, which has now become a reality.

However, there is not only sadness, there is also hope. Third time’s a charm. We are resolved to setting a new date in spring: Friday March 11th 2022. We don’t want to pass up the opportunity to bring an internationally renowned author such as Nancy McWilliams to Flanders.

We would like to point out again that Dr. McWilliams specializes in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and supervision, the relationship between diagnosis and treatment, alternatives to DSM and ICD diagnostic conventions, the application of psychoanalytic insights to understanding the problems of diverse clinical populations, and many other topics. Many will know her from her award-winning books, such as “Psychoanalytic Diagnosis: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process, Second Edition.”, which is used extensively in many training centers, and the more recent “Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual, Second Edition. PDM-2”.

We have invited her to speak in particular about her ideas with regard to psychoanalytic diagnosis and case formulation. She will emphasize the importance of individual differences from multiple perspectives (temperament, attachment style, defenses, affective patterns, underlying cognitions, self-esteem, levels of severity of personality pathology, and so on). She will also focus on implications for treatment and clinical examples.

Keep an eye on our website (https://www.vvpt.be) for further information.

Later this year we will be posting the complete program and all the information necessary for registration on

the EFPP website. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity.

In dialogue with our speaker, the VVPT has opted for a fully live lecture day. However, our European colleagues and EFPP delegates can participate via online streaming, where they will also be able to submit their questions to Dr. McWilliams.