April 13, 2016 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
141 Herrick Road
Newton Centre
MA 02459
There is no charge for this program
Drew Brydon
617-266-0953 x 105

BPSI is pleased to invite you to the 

Adam Corneel Major Teachers of Psychotherapy Lecture

Jointly Sponsored with McLean Hospital

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

8:00 PM Presentation; 7:15 PM Reception

BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA


Nancy McWIlliams, PhD, ABPP, Visiting Full Professor, Rutgers Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology; Author, Psychoanalytic Diagnosis (1994 and 2011 rev. ed., Psychoanalytic Case Formulation (1999), Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2004) – all with Guilford Press Associate Editor, Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (2006 and forthcoming second ed. in 2016)


Since ancient times, philosophers have differentiated between two valuable human attainments: knowledge and wisdom. In recent eras, psychologists have tried to specify empirically what we mean by wisdom – a virtue often viewed as the consolation prize for getting old and typically experienced as coming to the self rather than being actively pursued. As we age, we seem to shift from emphasizing what we know to emphasizing what is important. The social, interdependent nature of wisdom, something we often label as “received,” is different from that of knowledge, which can be pursued in relative isolation. Wisdom seems to require acknowledgment of limitation and mortality, while fantasies of limitlessness and immortality may propel searches for knowledge. Psychology and psychiatry, as relatively young sciences, have developed incentives that may reward knowledge at the expense of wisdom. For example, hypothesis-testing tends to be privileged over hypothesis-generation; mastery of techniques may be valued over nuanced understanding of the person to whom the techniques are applied. Dr. McWilliams will explore the implications of these observations for contemporary psychoanalysis.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this program, learners will be able to:

  1. Compare two types of knowledge, accruing information and attaining wisdom, and assess how each kind of knowledge operates in professional mental health practice.
  2. Identify four cultural and professional reinforcements for the valuing of information at the expense of wisdom and generate hypotheses about possible unintended consequences of these circumstances.
  3. Describe how the prescribed writing of CE objectives itself illuminates the privileging of data-based knowledge over wisdom and relate this phenomenon to other practices common in organized mental health disciplines.


8:00 pm – 9:05 pm: Presentation; 9:05 pm – 9:30 pm: Discussion with Audience


This program will be of interest to mental health practitioners at all levels of training.

There is no charge to attend this program.

Continuing Education certification for this event is available for a $30.00 fee.
Please forward your request and payment to BPSI, 141 Herrick Rd, Newton Centre, MA 02459.
The fee is waived for BPSI trainees and members

Continuing Education

Physicians: 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 Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. 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 1.5 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 of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Psychologists: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program fulfills the requirements for 1.5 hours of CE per session.

Social Workers: Please contact the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute Administrative Office for information regarding continuing education for Social Workers.





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