FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS OF PSYCHOANALYTIC COUPLE THERAPY
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.
At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Compare the differences between developmental and defensive coupling.
- Apply the concept of “the creative couple” to their assessment of couple functioning.
- Discuss the concept of projective gridlock and how it can interfere with healthy couple functioning.
- Discuss the concept of “the third” and its usefulness in couple treatment.
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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.
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.
This introductory class is intended for all mental health professionals and trainees who are interested in psychoanalytically-informed approaches to the treatment of couples.
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.
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.