Perfectionism: Conceptualization, Clinical Formulation, and Treatment

July 16, 2021 at 12:45 PM

Virtual Grand Rounds with Paul L. Hewitt, PhD     

12:50-1:50 p.m.  

NOTE: This is s a VIRTUAL event and  requires advance registration.     

Grand Rounds are designed for mental health professionals, offered free of charge, and provide 1.0 continuing education credit (see details below).      

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Dr. Hewitt will present the conceptualization and some of research and clinical work that he and his colleagues have undertaken over the past 30 years in an attempt to gain an understanding of perfectionism, a relational personality vulnerability factor that underlies myriad psychological, physical, relational, and achievement problems. Although often seen as simply a set of attitudes or thoughts, our conceptualization of perfectionism is influenced by a psychodynamic-interpersonal perspective that underscores the relational underpinnings of perfectionism. The talk will focus on describing the multilevel and multidimensional nature of perfectionism, its development, and the clinical formulation and treatment approach Dr. Hewitt and his colleagues have developed. He will also discuss some of the research they have done on this treatment and, more broadly, on the influence of perfectionism on clinical disorders and treatment. 

Paul L. Hewitt, PhD will present a virtual Grand Rounds at Austen Riggs.Paul L. Hewitt, PhD, is a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology and an Associate Member, Psychotherapy Program, in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia as well as a registered psychologist in British Columbia. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and of the Section on Clinical Psychology of CPA and recent winner of the Donald O. Hebb Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Science. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Saskatchewan in 1988 and completed his clinical residency in the Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. Recently named in the top 10 Canadian clinical psychology professors for research productivity, Dr. Hewitt is recognized for his seminal contributions to the theory and research on the role of perfectionism as a core vulnerability factor in psychopathology, physical health, relationship, and achievement problems. He has published well over 250 research papers, books, and chapters. Dr. Hewitt has had a private practice since 1988 which focuses on individuals experiencing difficulties from perfectionistic behavior, early trauma, depression, anxiety, personality, and interpersonal problems.  

For questions or additional information, please contact Erikson Institute Education Coordinator and Events Assistant, Kathleen Young at: kathleen.young@austenriggs.net / 413.931.5230.    

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Grand Rounds Learning Objectives 

  • Define, identify, and describe the multi-level and multidimensional nature of perfectionistic behavior and its association with various forms of maladjustment 

  • Describe the clinical formulation created to address treatment of perfectionism with individual or group psychotherapy 

  • Recognize the research completed on the treatment approach that indicates its effectiveness and efficacy. 


Approved for: Physicians, Psychologists, Social Work, and Nursing     

Pending for: LMHC      

The Austen Riggs Center designates this live interactive webinar for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.       

The Austen Riggs Center is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.      

The Austen Riggs Center also designates this live interactive webinar for 1.0 continuing education credit(s) (CE) for psychology.      

The Austen Riggs Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content. For additional information about this program, please call the Erikson Institute Education Coordinator, at 413.931.5230.      

The Austen Riggs Center, #1344, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider Approval Period: 02/02/2020-2/2/2023. Social workers completing this live interactive webinar will receive 1.0 continuing education credit(s).       

For a listing of jurisdictions that accept ACE, please visit www.aswb.org/ace/ace-jurisdiction-map/.      

This live interactive webinar program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing at 244 CMR 5.00 for (1) contact hour(s).        

This live interactive webinar meets the requirements of the MaMHCA, authorization # TBD for 1.0 category 1 continuing education credit(s).      

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Attendees who wish to receive CE credit should note: after the conclusion of the event, you will receive an email with a link to complete the evaluation and claim your credits.   

1 hour