Foundations of Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy

International Psychotherapy Institute 

2018-2019 Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy Course

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

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


Course Directors:  David Scharff, MD and Carla Trusty-Smith, Ph.D., LMHC
FALL SEMESTER BEGINS SEPTEMBER 5 - Wednesdays 9:45 -11:45 am ET
The Special Topics in the Theory, Technique and Practice of 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 colleagues from the U.S., Argentina, England, Greece, Israel, and Scotland. Participants may join the course at Indianapolis, IN, 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.

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Register for one semester or both

Fall 2018 Semester
7 two-hour sessions: 14 CE credits

September 5                           Stephen Levine
Identity, Sexual Identity, and Sexual Dysfunction

September 26                         Isabella Scapini-Burrell & Discussant: Richard Zeitner
Exploration of the Asymmetrical Approach to Couple Therapy: Treating the Couple and the Individual

October 10                              Hanni Mann-Shalvi
The Place of the Future in the Unconcious of Couples and Families

October 31                              Molly Ludlam 

November 14                          Christopher Clulow 
Insecure Attachment and Intimate Relationships

November 28                          Anastasia Tsamparli
Parental Links and the Anorexic Child

December 12                            Kate Scharff
Divorce, Continued

Winter-Spring 2019 Semester
8 two-hour sessions: 16 CE credits
January 9                               Linda Siegel & Discussant: Caroline Sehon
Case Presentation
January 16                               Chris Kraft
Gender Non-Conformity and Issues in Transsexualism
February 20                               Guillermo Bigliani
Infidelity in the Couple and the Family
March 6                             Aviva Mayers & Discussant: Jill Scharff
Case Presentation
March 27                                    Mary Morgan
Ideas About Containment and the Absence of Containment in the Couple Relationship
April 3                                  Amita Sehgal
Some Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Sado-Masochistic Relating
April 17                                     Damian McCann
Primitive Processes and the Emergence of the Creative Couple: Now You See It, Now You Don't
May 1                                        Andrew Balfour
Therapy with Aging Couples

$295 per semester
Participants register for the full semester of seven or eight sessions — not open to registration for individual sessions.  Register online using the online registration form. You can also click here to download a registration form. 

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CE Credit:
Fall Semester 2018:  14 hours
Winter-Spring Semester 2019: 16 hours

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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.