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 on September 10, 2022.  Click for more information on and registration for the one-day course.

Program Chair

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

Program Date(s):

September 14, 2022 - May 3, 2023

Fall 2022

14 Sep
Process and issues in gender transition
Steven Levine
28 Sep
Working with Couples in the Tavistock Relations Model
Mary Morgan
19 Oct
The personal, the political and the psychotherapeutic
Christopher Clulow
26 Oct
Extra-Marital Affairs
Yolanda Varela
02 Nov
The Vicissitudes of Hate in Mature Love
Nestor Kapusta
16 Nov
Case presentation
discussant: Caroline Sehon
07 Dec
Partner Violence
Wayne Bodkin

Spring 2023

11 Jan
Unique characteristics in transference and countertransference in couple and family psychoanalysis
Hanni Mann-Shalvi
25 Jan
Dance and The Creative Couple
Sheri Rosenfeld with Jill Scharff
08 Feb
Contemporary Sufferings, Production of Subjectivities and the Analytic Experience
Elizabeth Palacios
22 Feb
Case presentation
discussant: Amita Sehgal
08 Mar
Psychoanalytic Play:
Dramatization, Narration and Improvisation in Field Theory and Metapsychology
Philip Ringstrom
29 Mar
Play it again Sam:
Couple therapy and psychoanalytic psychodrama
Mino Zanchi
19 Apr
Case presentation
discussant: Janine Wanlass
03 May
Thinking under fire:
Responding to domestic violence and abuse
Damian McCann

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.

  • Class specific learning objectives are coming soon

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 academic year 2022-2023 (Fall & Spring Semesters)

Register for Fall 2022

Register for Spring 2023

The individual sessions registrations will be in the schedule above when they are available.


Tuition and Fees

$55 per session (IPI Members $45)

$360 per semester (IPI Members $315)

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), will receive a FREE subscription to Couple and Family Psychoanalysis Journal from the IPI.

REGISTER for the Full Academic Year (both Fall and Spring semesters)

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 an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. 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. Please note: At this time we are aware that CE credit for IPI events will not be accepted by the New Jersey Board of Social Work.