Sun, Feb 23, 2020
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Bay Zen Center

3824 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
Sheila Longerbeam, LMFT
CE Credits: 
Participant Limit: 

$140 General Public
$100 Full Members
$88 CMH Members
$80 Associate Members
$60 Student Members
$60 Scholarship (prior approval required to register at this fee)

Tuition listed above is for early registration ($40 discount off full fee, $15 discount for NCSPP Student Members). For registrations received after the deadline, full tuition will be applied to all registrations.

Tuition does not include the cost of readers.

Early Registration Deadline: 
February 09, 2020
REGISTRATION CLOSED - COURSE FULL. If you would like to be added to our wait list please click the register now link.



Course Overview: 

This class will teach the fundamental psychoanalytic concepts most useful in couple therapy. Participants will learn about developmental versus defensive couples, the use of the third, projection, and the creative couple. The instructor will utilize case examples to illustrate concepts. Additionally, there will be time to discuss typical dilemmas that couples present to therapists.

Course Objectives: 

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Compare the differences between developmental and defensive coupling.
  2. Apply the concept of “the creative couple” to their assessment of couple functioning.
  3. Discuss the concept of projective gridlock and how it can interfere with healthy couple functioning.
  4. Discuss the concept of “the third” and its usefulness in couple treatment.
Empirical Reference: 
  1. Casey, P., Cowan, P. A., Cowan, C. P., Draper, L., Mwamba, N., & Hewison, D. (2017). Parents as partners: A UK trial of a US couples‐based parenting intervention for at‐risk low‐income families. Family process, 56(3), 589-606.
  2. Fonagy, P., Rost, F., Carlyle, J. A., McPherson, S., Thomas, R., Pasco Fearon, R. M., ... & Taylor, D. (2015). Pragmatic randomized controlled trial of long‐term psychoanalytic psychotherapy for treatment‐resistant depression: The Tavistock Adult Depression Study (TADS). World Psychiatry, 14(3), 312-321.
  3. Hewison, D., Casey, P., & Mwamba, N. (2016). The effectiveness of couple therapy: Clinical outcomes in a naturalistic United Kingdom setting. Psychotherapy, 53(4), 377.
  4. MacIntosh, H. B. (2018). From application to approach: A systematic review of 50 years of psychoanalytic couple therapy. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 38(5), 331-358.
  5. Stratton, P., Silver, E., Nascimento, N., McDonnell, L., Powell, G., & Nowotny, E. (2015). Couple and family therapy outcome research in the previous decade: What does the evidence tell us?. Contemporary Family Therapy, 37(1), 1-12.
Commitment to Equity: 

NCSPP is aware that historically psychoanalysis has either excluded or pathologized groups outside of the dominant population in terms of age, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, gender, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, and size. As an organization, we are committed to bringing awareness to matters of anti-oppression, inequity, inequality, diversity, and inclusion as they pertain to our educational offerings, our theoretical orientation, our community, and the broader world we all inhabit.

Presenters Response:

In teaching a class, I usually briefly locate myself social-culturally and give others the opportunity to also. I acknowledge the identities of the authors and point to inherent whiteness, heteronormativity and maleness in many of the writings. Since the writings themselves are at least several years behind what is happening in the clinical and theoretical psychoanalytic world of the Bay Area, I allow for limitations and ask class members to put into words their own ideas that contradict or extend what I am teaching.


Sheila Longerbeam, Psy.D., LMFT, is a psychoanalyst, licensed since 1991. She trained at The Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Group and The Couples Institute and devotes most of her practice to work with couples. Dr. Longerbeam has taught and supervised couple therapy widely in the community.

Target Audience & Level: 

This introductory class is intended for all mental health professionals and trainees who are interested in psychoanalytically-informed approaches to the treatment of couples.

Continuing Education Credit: 

LCSW/MFTs: Course meets the requirements for 4 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPS, as required by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences. NCSPP is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider Number 57020), to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCS, and/or LEPs. NCSPP maintains responsibility for this program /course and its content.

Psychologists: Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.

Cancellation & Refund Policies: 

Enrollees who cancel at least SEVEN DAYS prior to the event date will receive a refund minus a $35 administrative charge. No refunds will be allowed after this time.  Transfer of registrations are not allowed.

Contact Information: 

For program related questions contact Clara Brandt, Psy.D. at or 415-685-0488.

For questions related to enrollment, locations, CE credit, special needs, course availability and other administrative issues contact Michele McGuinness by email or 415-496-9949.

Education Committee

The Education Committee is responsible for the development of a variety of courses and workshops given throughout the year in San Francisco and the East Bay.

Asya Grigorieva, Ph.D., Chair
Clara Brandt, Psy.D.
June Lin-Arlow, MFTi
Ronna Milo Haglili, MA