Identifying and Treating Pathological Narcissism

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8 Sessions: Tuesdays, November 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10, 17, 2019; January 7, 14, 2020

Time: 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location: BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459

Schedule: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Lecture/Presentation; 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM Group Discussion


Identifying and Treating Pathological Narcissism

Pathological narcissism and narcissistic personatliy disorder are challenging conditions to treat in psychotherapy. This course will focus on identifying patients struggling with these conditions. It will cover developmental origins, and therapeutic approaches and interventions to address typical problems and specific challenges to promote change in psychotherapy. 


Elsa Ronningstam, PhD

Psychoanalyst Member, and Faculty of the Psychoanalytic Training, and Explorations in Mind programs, BPSI; Associate Clinical Professor, Harvard Medical School; Clinical Psychologist McLean Hospital. Private practice in Belmont.

Igor Weinberg, PhD

Psychotherapy Student Member, and Faculty of the Explorations in Mind program, BPSI; Associate Psychologist, McLean Hospital; Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School.


Program Administrator
Lauren Lukason:
Program Co-Chairs
Holly Housman, LICSW:
Chris Lovett, PhD:



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This course is open to licensed mental health clinicians and trainees on the path to licensure. Continuing Education credits are offered for physicians, psychologists, and social workers.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the range in clinical presentations of pathological narcissism;
  2. Summarize etiological and developmental background in pathological narcissism;
  3. Apply strategies in alliance building with patients with pathological narcissism;
  4. Discuss typical problems in treatment of patients with pathological narcissism;
  5. Apply interventions for pathological narcissism;
  6. Apply interventions for pathological narcissism with co-morbid conditions;
  7. Compare and integrate different treatment modalities for pathological narcissism;
  8. Apply principles of treatment for individual cases of pathological narcissism.


Scholarships are available for all BPSI programs.
FEE: $230 Early Bird (use code: EB2019IPN); $275 Regular (through 10/22/2019)
The fee is waived for Early Career Clinicians and BPSI Members, Trainees, and Partners. Scholarships are available upon request.

Continuing Education 
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 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 12 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 12 hours of CE. 
Please note: Per APA requirements, psychologists must attend 100% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.
Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education credtis has been submitted. Please contact us at or 617-266-0953 for the status of social work CE accreditation.
Please noe: Per NASW requirements, social workers must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.
Licensed Mental Health Clinicians: NBCC credits are not available for this course.
Please note: Licensed Mental Health Clinicians may request continuing education credit on an individual basis from NBCC, through their Continuing Education Credit Verification process.


Event Cancellation Policies & Procedures
Any program participant requesting their individual program registration be canceled, must submit their request in writing via email to Drew Brydon at For fee-based events, a request for cancellation (and refund using the original form of payment) must be received no later than 48 hours in advance of the event. Requests received later than 48 hours prior to the event will not be processed or accepted. All approved refunds are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee. If BPSI cancels an event, all registrants will receive a full refund of fees paid (no administration charge) no later than two business days following the scheduled date of the event, using the original form of payment.

Grievance Policy
Please address any questions or concerns about your experience at this or any program or event you have attended at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute to the Program Chair(s), via the Senior Administrator/Continuing Education Administrator, BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459;; 617.266.0953.

The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Inc., 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459, does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin or handicap in the admissions, administration of its educational programs, scholarship programs or employment.





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