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
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.
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)
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
- 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.
- Participants will be able to describe the important characteristics and functions of the therapeutic frame in couple psychotherapy.
- 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
- 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.
- Participants will be able to describe the concept of a “couple state of mind.”
- 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
- 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.
- Participants will be able to understand and list at least two characteristics of narcissistic relating in couples.
- 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
- 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.
- Participants will be able to define the concept of the marital triangle.
- Participants will be able to name two types of triangulations that may be present in infidelity.
- 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.
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.