October 31, November 7,
November 14, November 21, 2022

5:00 pm-6:30 pm (PDT); 8:00-9:30 pm (EDT)
Live Interactive Online Webinar

Shelley Nathans, PhD

6 CEs

Member Fee: $165.00
Candidate/Student Fee: $120.00

This videoconference is co-sponsored by CIPS and The Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR)

Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy:

Basic Theory and Technique

This brief course will introduce the participants to the basic theory and technique of psychoanalytic couple psychotherapy. The topics will include the frame in couple psychotherapy; the shared unconscious; a couple state of mind; unconscious anxiety and defense in the couple; container/contained in couple psychotherapy; projection, projective identification, and narcissistic relating in couples; and Oedipal anxieties, triangulations, and infidelity.

Shelley Nathans, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Oakland and San Francisco, California.



Agenda

Each class for this course will combine didactic lectures and group discussions with questions and answers.

5:00 pm -6:00 pm (PDT); 8:00 pm-9:00 pm (EDT)
Didactic presentation

6:00 pm-6:30 pm (PDT); 9:00 pm–9:30 pm (EDT)
Group Q & A and discussion



Week 1: October 31, 2022

Basic Concepts of Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy

Readings:

  • Nathans, S. (2017) Core Concepts of the Tavistock Couple Psychotherapy Model. In Couples on the Couch: Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy and the Tavistock Model,  S. Nathans and M. Schaefer (Eds.).  Routledge: London. P.1-29.

Learning objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe the important characteristics and functions of the therapeutic frame in couple psychotherapy.
  2. Participants will be able to list at least three unconscious anxieties that may be present in couple relations.

Week 2: November 7, 2022

A Couple State of Mind

Readings:

  • Morgan, M (2001) “First contacts: The therapist’s “couple state of mind” as a factor in containment of couples seen for consultations”, in Brief Encounters with Couples, F. Grier (Ed), p17-32; London: Karnac Books.

Learning objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe the concept of a “couple state of mind.”
  2. Participants will describe how Bion’s concept of container/contained is useful in understanding how the frame functions to promote containment for the couple

Week 3: November 14, 2022

Understanding Narcissistic Relating in Couples

Readings:

  • Morgan, M (1995) “The projective gridlock: a form of projective identification in couple relationships”, in Intrusiveness and Intimacy in the Couples, S. Ruszcynski & J. Fisher, (Eds), p33-48; London: Karnac Books.
  • Colman, W. (2014) The Intolerable Other: The Difficulty of Becoming a Couple. Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, Vol. 4, No. 1, 22-41.

Learning objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to understand and list at least two characteristics of narcissistic relating in couples.
  2. Participants will be able to describe the concept of projective identification as it applies to couple dynamics.

Week 4: November 21, 2022

Oedipal Anxieties, Triangulation, and Infidelity

Readings:

  • Ruszczynski, S. (2005) Reflective Space in the Intimate Couple Relationship: the “marital triangle”, in Oedipus and the Couple, F. Grier (Ed.), p31-48; London: Karnac Books.
  • Nathans, S. (2012). Infidelity as Manic Defence. Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, 2.2, p. 165-180.

Learning objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to define the concept of the marital triangle.
  2. Participants will be able to name two types of triangulations that may be present in infidelity.
  3. Participants will understand and be able to describe the links between loss, difficulties with mourning, and manic defenses as they relate to infidelity.

Who Should Attend:  

Psychologists, Social Workers, MFTs, Psychoanalysts, Mental Health Workers

Continuing Education Credits:

 6 CE Credits 

The Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (1651 3rd Ave, Suite 205, NY, NY 10128) is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Psychologists (#PSY-0026), and the State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers (#SW-0226) and the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Psychoanalysts (#P-0011), Licensed Creative Arts Therapists (#CAT-0037) and Licensed Mental Health Counselors (#MHC-0112). This certificate is not applicable to any other New York State profession.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often. If you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

Cancellation Policy:

Full refunds will be issued if notification of cancellation is received one week prior to the start of the course.

Important Disclosure Information:

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.