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Foundations of Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy 2019-2020

Special Topics in Theory, Technique and Practice of Couple Therapy

Fall Semester begins September 25, 2019; Winter-Spring Semester begins January 15, 2020

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Foundations of Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy course will focus on special topics and challenges in the practice of couple treatment, using didactic lectures, case presentation and discussion, and advance readings. The course will feature presenters from the International Psychotherapy Institute and colleagues from the U.S., Argentina, England, Greece, Israel, and Scotland. Participants may join the course at Indianapolis, IN, Athens, Greece, and Tel Aviv, Israel, or join by video over the internet.  Internet participants will all have the opportunity to participate fully in the seminar by joining in the live discussion with the presenter and local sites. Participants joining over the internet can do so easily by downloading a free program and clicking on a simple link provided for each session (for more information on connecting, contact info@theipi.org).  Register for one semester or both. 

COURSE COORDINATORS: David Scharff MD and Carla Trusty-Smith, PhD, LMHC

CONTINUING EDUCATION: Fall Semester: 14 hours. Winter-Spring Semester: 16 hours

TIME:  Wednesdays, 7:45 – 9:45 MT

FEES and  REGISTRATION:  $330 per semester. Participants register for the full semester of seven or eight sessions - not open to registration for individual sessions. Registration for this course is managed by IPI, our national organization. Register online (or download a registration form) through this page

For more information on any of our programs, including objectives, target audience, instructional level of the activity, schedule, cost, refund/cancellation policy, instructor credentials and CE credit, or to register contact IPI, info@theipi.org or 301-215-7377. 

COURSE SCHEDULE FOR FALL 2018 SEMESTER - Seven two-hour sessions - 14 hours CE Credit:

September 25, 2019: Richard Zeitner
Topic: Coercive Relationships: Manifestations, Dynamics, and Treatment

October 23, 2019: Richard Carroll
Topic: Intergenerational Linking Functions in a Narcissistic Couple with Implications for Their Adolescent

October 30, 2019: Yolanda Varela
Topic: How loss triggers sexual trauma in couples

November 6, 2019: Chris Clulow
Topic: Before, between and beyond interpretation

November 20, 2019: Hanni Mann-Shalvi
Topic: Psychoanalysis with New Families and Couples

December 4, 2019: Nestor Kapusta
Topic: Barriers in re-establishing a loving stance

December 11, 2019: Chris Vincent
Topic: The Night Side of Life: Working with the effects of serious illness on couple relationships


COURSE SCHEDULE FOR WINTER-SPRING 2019 SEMESTER - Eight two-hour sessions - 16 hours CE Credit

January 15, 2020: TBA & Discussant: Jill Scharff
Topic: Case Presentation

January 29, 2020: Janine Wanlass
Topic: The Impact of Extramarital Affairs on Transference/Countertransference Dynamics in Couple Treatment

February 19, 2020: Kathryn Hall
Topic: Privileging of Pleasure: Sex therapy in a cultural context

February 26, 2020: Maria Ross & Discussant: David Scharff
Topic: Case Presentation

March 25, 2020: Damian McCann
Topic: A therapist in search of a couple: A brief therapeutic intervention with a gay male adoptive couple

April 22, 2020: Caroline Sehon
Topic: The centrality of the couple in all therapeutic settings

May 6, 2020: Elizabeth Palacios
Topic: Resistance to linking in couples

May 13, 2020: Sophie Bergeron
Topic: Sexual distress in committed couples: Risk and protective factors


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.