Foundations of Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy: Special Topics in Theory, Technique & Practice

Special Topics In the Theory, Technique, and Practice of Couple Therapy. This distance learning course meets on Wednesdays from 9:45-11:45am US ET.

This course can be done entirely distance learning through Zoom Videoconference

Wednesdays from 9:45am to 11:45am Eastern Time.

Foundations of Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy distance learning course will focus on special topics and challenges in the practice of psychoanalytic couple therapy, using didactic lectures, case presentations, discussion, and advance readings. The course will feature presenters from the International Psychotherapy Institute and colleagues from England, Ireland, Portugal, Romania, UAE, Scotland, and the US. Register by semester or individual class with special discounted price for semester enrollment, including free subscription to the Couple and Family Psychoanalysis Journal for a full-year enrollment.

This course is one component of the Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy Certificate Program. Click for More Information about the full Certificate Program.

***Registrants in this course are encouraged to also attend the one-day online course Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy in September 2024. Date TBD. Click for more information on the one-day course.

Program Chair

David Scharff, M.D. and Carla Trusty-Smith, Ph.D., LMHC

Program Date(s):

September 6, 2023 - May 1, 2024

Spring 2024

10 Jan
Family Reconciliation: A Case Study
David Scharff
24 Jan
Couples as Parents
Damian McCann
14 Feb
Gay and Lesbian Couples as Parents
Colleen Sandor
28 Feb
Non-monogamous patterns of intimacy
Magdalena Fosse
13 Mar
Interventions with Families in Need
Elizabeth Palacios
03 Apr
A Seemingly Impossible Couple
Olga Khokhlova; James Poulton, discussant
17 Apr
Polygamous Mormon Families: An Anthropological Study
William Jankowiak
01 May
Case Presentation
Angelika Mellema; Chris Clulow, discussant

Educational Objectives

Overall Course Objective 

Participants in this course will enhance their repertoire of psychoanalytic couple therapy and technique regarding how to discriminate specific couple syndromes from individual partner difficulties.

 Detailed objectives for each session are forthcoming.

Continuing Education Credit Hours

Single Session: 2 hours CE credit

Fall Semester: 14 hours CE credit

Spring Semester: 16 hours CE credit


Choose your registration option below:

Register for Fall 2023

Register for Spring 2023

Use the register links in the schedule above to sign up for a single session

Tuition and Fees

$60 per session (IPI Members $50)

$420 Fall semester (IPI Members $350)

$480 Spring semester (IPI Members $400)

Limited scholarship funds are available for this training:

Benefit for registering for the full Academic Year

Registrants who sign up for both the Fall and Spring semesters of the Foundations of Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy (i.e. the full academic year), can register for a FREE subscription to Couple and Family Psychoanalysis Journal from the IPI.

Ask our admin team for your discount code to sign up for your free subscription.

Learn more about the purpose and background of the journal from our director, Caroline Sehon, and the journal’s editor, Christopher Clulow.

Membership Benefits

Become a member of IPI at the “Associate Member PLUS”, or “Full Member PLUS” level and you will receive an IPI Zoom Pro account as one of your member benefits. Associate and Full Members also receive discounted registration fees for most of IPI’s events, a subscription to PEP Web, the online psychoanalytic library, and other benefits depending on membership level.

HIPAA compliant Zoom video accounts are provided for all IPI Associate Member Plus and Full Member Plus memberships. IPI has a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement with Zoom, which provides a HIPAA compliant platform for our accounts. HIPPA compliance is strongly recommended for all internet-mediated clinical work and clinical teaching. The “PLUS” add-on to the IPI membership gives the user the ability to host online meetings with multiple people at the same time. [Current members can upgrade to the “Plus” account and only pay the difference in price from your current membership level.]

Click for IPI Membership and Zoom Account information

Should you have any questions about the program or the application process, please feel free to contact:

Carla Trusty-Smith -

Continuing Education Information

The International Psychotherapy Institute, IPI, is approved by The American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. The International Psychotherapy Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6017. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The International Psychotherapy Institute is responsible for all aspects of the programs. The International Psychotherapy Institute is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education learning activities and maintains full responsibility for this program. This training qualifies for Category I continuing education units. The International Psychotherapy Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0299.
Participants are responsible for verifying that IPI CE credit is accepted by the licensing boards in their own states.