The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and Clinical Case Discussion with Dr. Shedler: Case Formulation as a Roadmap to Treatment

Psychodynamic therapy is an evidence-based treatment. Effect sizes are as large as those for other therapies that are actively promoted as “empirically supported” or “evidence-based,” and patients who receive psychodynamic therapy not only maintain therapeutic gains but continue improving after treatment ends. Research also shows that other therapies may be effective largely because the more skilled practitioners incorporate (often unacknowledged) psychodynamic methods.

Dr. Shedler will discuss the seven key features of contemporary psychodynamic treatment, empirical evidence for its efficacy, and how it compares to other evidence-based treatments like CBT and antidepressant medications.

Case Presenter: Maya Klein, Ph.D., SDPC Analytic Candidate

This clinical workshop will focus on psychodynamic case formulation as a roadmap to effective intervention. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of case formulation and its role in contemporary psychoanalytic therapy through the presentation and discussion of a clinical case, live supervision, and role-playing. Topics will include psychoanalytic case formulation and treatment planning, developing a treatment focus, and the constructive use of transference and countertransference in deepening the treatment. Dr. Shedler will also discuss the Shedler-Westen Assessment Procedure (SWAP) and its role in psychoanalytic case formulation.


Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
8:30 AM - Registration


The French American School

6550 Soledad Mountain Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
United States
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$200 full day; $125 half-day
9 am - noon ~ morning session and 1 pm - 5 pm (with break) evening session

Educational Objective(s)

  • Describe seven distinctive features of contemporary psychodynamic therapy.
  • Define the concepts of effect size and meta-analysis.
  • Describe empirical evidence supporting psychodynamic therapy.
  • Describe the relationship between case formulation and treatment planning in psychoanalytic treatment.
  • List three ways that case formulation and treatment planning result in improved patient care for culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

Presenter Information

Jonathan Shedler, Ph.D., is known internationally as a psychologist, consultant, researcher, and author. He is best known for his article “The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy,” which won worldwide acclaim for establishing psychodynamic therapy as an evidence-based treatment. His research and writing are shaping contemporary views of personality patterns and disorders. He is author of the Shedler-Westen Assessment Procedure (SWAP) and numerous scholarly and scientific articles. Dr. Shedler lectures and leads workshops for professional audiences nationally and internationally, consults on psychological issues to U.S. and foreign government agencies, and offers clinical consultation and study groups by videoconference to mental-health professionals worldwide. Dr. Shedler is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and was formerly Director of Psychology at the University of Colorado Hospital.