How Does the Couple and Family Lens Inform Individual Theory and Practice

Weekend Conference November, 2022 will be offered both online and in-person (assuming covid19 restrictions allow) in Rockville, Maryland (DC area)

Weekend Overview


* certificate program students, check with your chair to determine whether your group will be attending on Zoom or in-person.

Weekend Overview

Although most therapists work individually with clients, there isn’t a patient without a couple and a family. IPI and adjunct faculty from Tavistock Relationships (UK), will examine how the analytic couple and family therapy lens informs individual psychotherapy practice.  The analytic couple, the parental couple (actual or fantasied), siblings, children, romantic and friendship dyads populate patients’ internal worlds and conflicts.  How can all this be understood when framed by the therapist’s ‘couple and family state of mind’?  How does theory and technique relevant to couple and family work expand or enhance treatment?  Conference participants are invited to consider the role of their own internal couple and family in the consulting context as well as to explore the nuances and rewards of doing psychodynamic couple or family therapy.

Conferences typically begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday and end at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Conferences feature didactic and clinical presentations and daily large and small affective group meetings.

Schedules, reading lists, and educational objectives will be provided.


Keynote Speaker information is forthcoming


Registration information is TBA

Full Conference:

$497 up to 21 days in advance; $517 thereafter

*Full members: $359

*Associate members: $410

Full time students: $150

Saturday One Day (morning and afternoon): $150

Saturday Morning only: $45

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Tuition and Fees

See costs above

Limited scholarship funds are available for this training:

Continuing Education Credit Hours

Weekend Conference:

14.5 CE/CME credits

Saturday One Day:

6 CE/CME credits

Saturday Morning only:

2.5 CE/CME credits

Program Chair

David E. Scharff, MD and Carla Trusty-Smith, PhD, LMHC, CAC

David E. Scharff, MD is Co-Founder and Former Director, International Psychotherapy Institute; Chair, The International Psychoanalytic Association’s Committee on Family and Couple Psychoanalysis; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and Georgetown University; Supervising Analyst, International Institute for Psychoanalytic Training; Honorary Fellow, Tavistock Relationships, London; Former President, American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists, and former Vice-President, International Association for Couple and Family Psychoanalysis. He is editor of the journal Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in China, and Director of the Training Programs in Analytic Couple and Family Therapy in Beijing and Moscow. He is a Child and Adult Analyst in Private Practice with children, adults, couples and families in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Dr. Scharff has been author and editor of more than 30 books, with foundational texts on family, couple and individual psychoanalytic therapy, the work of Ronald Fairbairn and of Enrique Pichon Riviѐre, sexual difficulty, and innovative training of psychotherapists and psychoanalysts. He has organized more than 100 conferences in the United States and abroad, and taught internationally on five continents including 30 countries. His recent initiatives involve organizing training programs in China and Russia. To this end he is founder of a journal devoted to the newly emergent field of psychoanalysis in China, called “Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in China.” As Chair of the Couple and Family Psychoanalysis Committee of the International Psychoanalytic Association, he has, together with members of the group, organized meetings of the committee and international congresses that further the study of family and couple psychoanalysis around the world.

His book “The Sexual Relationship” in 1982 has been followed by more than 30 books and 90 articles including the classics “Object Relations Family Therapy” and “Object Relations Couple Therapy”, both with Jill Savege Scharff. Recent publications have included “Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy” edited with Jill Scharff; “Fairbairn and the Object Relations Tradition,” edited with Graham Clarke; “Psychoanalysis in China,” edited with Sverre Varvin; and “The Interpersonal Unconscious,” written with Jill Scharff; “The Linked Self in Psychoanalysis: The Pioneering Work of Enrique Pichon Riviѐre: Pioneer of the Link” edited with Roberto Losso and Lea Setton; and “Family and Couple Psychoanalysis: A Global Perspective”, edited with Elizabeth Palacios. His most recent books are “The Use of the Self in Psychoanalysis,” (2019) and “Marriage and Family in Modern China: A Psychoanalytic Exploration” (Routledge, 2021).

Carla Trusty-Smith, PhD, LMHC, CAC is Chair of the Couple, Child and Family Program, on the faculty at the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI).  She teaches in various IPI programs, including seminars in Beijing and Moscow.  She currently serves on the IPI Steering Committee, Faculty Development Committee and Colleague Assistance Committee.  She also serves as local faculty in Indianapolis, IN where she has been in full-time private practice for over 25 years seeing individuals and Couples; as well as providing training and supervision for couple therapists and couple retreats.  Carla is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Couple and Family Psychoanalysis Journal.

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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.

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Continuing Education Information

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 International Psychotherapy 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 14.5 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.

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.