Foundations of Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy

Special Topics in the Theory, Technique, and Practice of Couple Therapy 

Wednesdays, 9:45-11:45 a.m. Eastern Time


Course Directors:  

David Scharff, MD and Carla Trusty-Smith, Ph.D., LMHC


Participate in person at a local site or join this live web seminar from your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone


The Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy Course will focus on special topics and challenges in the practice of couple treatment, using presentations, case presentation and discussion, and advance readings. The course will feature presenters from the International Psychotherapy Institute and other colleagues from the U.S., Argentina, England, Greece, Israel, Italy and Spain. Participants may join the course at several established videoconference sites including Chevy Chase, MD, Indianapolis, IN, Long Island, NY, Salt Lake City, UT, and Tel Aviv, Israel, or may join this live videoconference individually via the internet by computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. This year participants will be able to join the videoconference easily by downloading a free program and clicking on a simple link (for more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Register for one semester or both. 

SPRING 2017 Semester - Eight two-hour sessions - 16 hours CE Credit

January 11
The Role of Blame in Couple Relationships: An Oedipal Dimension
Amita Sehgal (London)

January 25
Challenges of Sexual Life After Cancer
Lisa Anllo (Buffalo, NY)

February 1
Concurrent Couple and Individual Treatment: Collision, Collusion, or Effective combination?
Janine Wanlass (Salt Lake City, UT)  

February 15
Collaborative Treatment Planning with Couples and Families: Principles, Parameters and a Proposed Paradigm 
Caroline Sehon (Washington, DC)

March 1
Intersubjective Work when Dealing Clinically with Couples
Elizabeth Palacios (Zaragoza, Spain)

March 29
Fear of Sharing and Transpersonal Defenses in Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy
Anastasia Tsamparli (Rhodes, Greece)

April 19
Second Chance:  Couple vs. Family
Monica Vorchheimer (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

May 3
The Mystery, the Turbulence and the Passion of Infantile Phantasy in the Couple:  Working with Donald Meltzer's Theories
Karen Proner (New York)

Registration Fee: $295 per semester
Participants register for the full semester of seven or eight sessions - not open to registration for individual sessions.

CE Credit:
Spring Semester 2016: 16 hours

To Register: 
Register here: online registration link. You can also click here to download a registration form.  Participants may register to participate in person at one of our local sites, or by telephone or videoconference from their own telephone or computer. 

Make an online payment to complete your registration, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange payment.