Foundations of Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy Videoconference

Special Topics In the Theory, Technique, and Practice of Couple Therapy

Participate in person at a local site or join this live web seminar from your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Wednesdays from 9:45am to 11:45am EST.

Foundations of Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy course will focus on special topics and challenges in the practice of couple treatment, using didactic lectures, case presentation and discussion, and advance readings. The course will feature presenters from the International Psychotherapy Institute and colleagues from the U.S., Argentina, England, Greece, Israel, and Scotland. Participants may join the course at Indianapolis, IN, Athens, Greece, and Tel Aviv, Israel, or join by video over the internet.  Internet participants will all have the opportunity to participate fully in the seminar by joining in the live discussion with the presenter and local sites. Participants joining over the internet can do so easily by downloading a free program and clicking on a simple link provided for each session.

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Program Date(s):

September 25, 2019 - May 13, 2020

Fall Semester 2019

25 Sep
Coercive Relationships
Manifestations, Dynamics, and Treatment
23 Oct
Intergenerational Linking Functions in a Narcissistic Couple
with Implications for Their Adolescent (tentative)
Richard Carroll
30 Oct
How loss triggers sexual trauma in couples
Yolanda Varela
06 Nov
Before, between and beyond interpretation
Chris Clulow
20 Nov
Psychoanalysis with New Families and Couples
Hanni Mann-Shalvi
04 Dec
Barriers in re-establishing a loving stance
Nestor Kapusta
11 Dec
The Night Side of Life
working with the effects of serious illness on couple relationships
Chris Vincent

Spring Semester 2020

15 Jan
Case Presentation
Jill Scharff, discussant
29 Jan
The Impact of Extramarital Affairs on Transference/Countertransference Dynamics in Couple Treatment
19 Feb
Privileging of Pleasure
Sex therapy in a cultural context
Kathryn Hall
26 Feb
Case Presentation
Maria Ross with David Scharff, discussant
25 Mar
A therapist in search of a couple
A brief therapeutic intervention with a gay male adoptive couple
Damian McCann
22 Apr
The centrality of the couple in all therapeutic settings
06 May
Resistance to linking in couples
Elizabeth Palacios
13 May
Sexual distress in committed couples
Risk and protective factors
Sophie Bergeron

Continuing Education Credit

Fall Semester 2019: 14 hours CE credit, 7 two-hour sessions

Spring Semester 2020: 16 hours CE credit, 8 two-hour sessions

Registration

Participants register for the full semester of seven or eight sessions — not open to registration for individual sessions.

Register for Fall here.

Register for Spring here.

Tuition and Fees

$330 per semester.

 

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.

Fall 2019

September 25: Coercive Relationships: Manifestations, Dynamics, and Treatment

Participants will identify and discriminate between three varieties of coercive relationships as they present in couple treatment.

October 23: Intergenerational Linking Functions in a Narcissistic Couple, with Implications for Their Adolescent 

Participants will identify and discuss four intergenerational linking functions in narcissistic couples that impact family development.

October 30: How loss triggers sexual trauma in couples

Participants will describe three types of losses that lead to sexual trauma in couples.

November 6: Before, between and beyond interpretation

Participants will describe two types of interpretation used in couple treatment and why one might be preferred over another in a particular clinical situation.

November 20: Psychoanalysis with new families and couples

Participants will describe and identify three varieties of new family and couple constellations and design one adaptation to traditional treatment techniques.

December 4: Barriers in re-establishing a loving stance

Participants will describe three types of barriers to love in couple relationships.

December 11: The Night Side of Life — Working with the effects of serious illness on couple relationships

Participants will discuss three effects of serious illness on couple relationships and will describe two appropriate treatment interventions for these issues.

 

Spring, 2020

January 15: Case Presentation

Participants will describe and identify two clinical markers of couple disturbance and design specific interventions to address them.

January 29: The Impact of Extramarital Affairs on Transference/Countertransference Dynamics in Couple Treatment

Participants will describe two distinct patterns of extramarital affairs through analysis of countertransference dynamics.

February 19: Privileging of Pleasure — Sex therapy in a cultural context

Participants will identify three barriers to sexual pleasure, describe four appropriate sex therapy techniques to address them, all within the constraints of current culture. 

February 26: Case presentation

Participants will discuss three clinical markers in the presented couple’s disturbance and two ways these markers influence clinical choices in the treatment setting.

March 25: A therapist in search of a couple: A brief therapeutic intervention with a gay male adoptive couple

Participants will describe three types of difficulties particular to gay parents in working with their adoptive children.

April 22: The centrality of the couple in all therapeutic settings 

Participants will identify two common couple difficulties in seeing themselves as a couple as opposed to two independent individuals, and will discuss two techniques for working with these difficulties.

May 6: Resistance to linking in couples 

Participants will describe two important types of couple difficulty in establishing intimate and functional emotional links.

May 13: Sexual distress in committed couples: Risk and protective factors

Participants will discuss four specific varieties of sexual distress in long term couple partners, and to develop two enhanced strategies for helping couples diminish risk and enhance emotional and sexual health.

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.

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.

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Program Chair

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


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

info@theipi.org