VAPS - a local chapter of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association providing a forum for local professionals interested in psychoanalytic ideas, study and practice.


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COMING SOON! Be on the lookout for our 2021 ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC MEETING on zoom to open for registration soon!!

**SPECIAL NOTE: We are fortunate to once again offer a half-day workshop with our Scientific Meeting! Please note that you will have THREE options: 1) Sign up for the 2-Day Scientific Meeting and Pre-Conference Seminar as a PACKAGE at a combined discounted price! .. OR 2) Sign up for the Pre-Conference ONLY.. OR 3) Sign up for the Scientific Meeting ONLY! See details below..


Friday, November 5th, 2021, 1pm-5pm and Saturday, November 6th, 2021, 9am-5pm

This 2-Day package is listed as a separate event on our events page for those who would like to sign up for both events together and receive a discounted package price! Summation of each event can be seen below! More details, brochure and registration for this package event will be coming soon on our Events page!


Friday, November 5th, 2021, 1pm-5pm

This seminar entitled Helping Patients with Paranoid Dynamics, Including Paranoid Psychoses features speakers Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D. and Michael Garrett, M.D..

Dr. McWilliams will review theory and research on paranoia and will make related recommendations for therapists working with paranoid patients. Dr. Garrett will review clinical and empirical work on psychotherapy with patients experiencing paranoid psychoses, emphasizing the integration of CBT techniques with psychodynamic understanding. All levels of training are welcome! More details, brochure and registration for this event will be coming soon on our Events page!


Saturday, November 6th, 2021, 9am-5pm

Our full-day Scientific Meeting conference is entitled On Clinical Supervision and Consultation: Psychological “Vital Signs” and Individuality in Supervisory Relationships and features speaker Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D..

Both psychoanalytic organizations and general professional groups in psychology, psychiatry, and social work have recently emphasized the value of mentorship and have urged training programs to offer courses in supervision. But most graduate courses on the topic have relied on models premised on the development of “competencies” or the acquisition of specific skills. In this presentation Dr. McWilliams will instead emphasize more on the foundational processes of supervision and consultation relationships, including how to help therapists monitor certain vital signs of overall progress in their patients and how to welcome and make supervisory use of individual differences between therapist and mentor. All levels of training are welcome! More details, brochure and registration for this event will be coming soon on our Events page!