PCFINE Year I Educational Objectives

Key Concepts in Working with Couples

Carolynn Maltas, Ph.D. and Keith Irving, Ph.D.

  • To be able to differentiate between one-person and two-person projective identification in couples
  • To be able to describe two or more psychological purposes of marriage
  • To be able to identify some concepts from family systems models that help in recognizing key dysfunctional patterns and possible choice points for interventions
  • To be able to identify and explain two common differences in the role of couple therapist in psychoanalytic vs family systems models
  • To be able to describe how intrapsychic elements in the individual partners are transformed into systemic qualities of the couple dyad, using the concept of the "vulnerability cycle."


The Formation of the Therapeutic Alliance in Couple Therapy

Luanne Grossman, Psy.D.

  • To be able to define who the client is in couple therapy
  • To be able to describe the challenges of developing a bilateral alliance in couple therapy
  • To be able to describe effective treatment strategies to maintain a therapeutic alliance in couple therapy


Evaluation and Formulation

Tamara Feldman Ph.D.

  • To be able to define key areas to assess in couple treatment
  • To be able to identify ways the therapist can assess these areas
  • To be able to develop a formulation of the couple's difficulties
  • To be able to implement this case formulation


Transference and Countertransference in Couple Therapy

Jennifer Stone, Ph.D.

  • To be able to understand and explain the differences between individual and couple therapy in the typical transferences that clients experience
  • To be able to recognize and describe the counter-transference reactions that couple therapy can evoke in themselves and others, and to broaden their options for dealing with these experiences
  • To be able to recognize and describe how to address the partner to partner transferences that lie at the center of many couples' difficulties

 

Therapeutic Action in Couple Therapy 

David Goldfinger, Ph.D.

  • To be able to distinguish between the interpretive and enactive dimensions of therapeutic action
  • To be able to define the experiencing modes of mentalizing versus psychic equivalence
  • To be able to detect the workings of projective identification and role responsiveness in couple dynamics


Relationship as a Developmental Process/Opportunity

Mary Kiely, Ph.D.

  • To be able to describe the therapeutic usefulness of a developmental perspective in couple therapy
  • To be able to describe how developmental growth in relationships can stall as a result of normative transitions, individuals' developmental histories, and cultural myths about relationship
  • To be able to identify ways to intervene with couples using a developmental perspective


Behind Closed Doors: Sex in Couple Therapy

Magdalena Fosse, Psy.D.

  • To be able to explain the importance of sexual history assessment in evaluating partners' sexual narratives
  • To be able to describe couples' distress and disappointment with their sex life and assess its implications on couples' overall functioning
  • To be able to recognize and assess the impact of race, gender, and culture on couples' psychosexual dynamics

  • Addressing "isms" and Microaggressions with Interracial Couples

Sejal Patel, Psy.D.

  • To be able to understand and describe common and unique themes in working with interracial couples
  • To be able to understand and list five manifestations of "modern isms" and categories of microaggressions
  • To be able to consider and explain the various historically included and excluded identities of various members of the couple and oneself
  • To be able to learn and apply skills and language for addressing possible "modern isms" and microaggressions in sessions while reducing defensiveness, shame, and preserving the therapeutic alliance between the couple and therapist


Working with Affect

Marina Kovarsky, LICSW

  • To be able to describe ways in which disruptive affects serve as important markers of unconscious dynamics operating within a couple
  • To be able to identify ways in which the therapist's affective response can be used to infer the presence of projective identification within the couple's dynamic
  • To be able to differentiate between different modes of containment utilized by the therapist:  containment via co-regulation vs. containment via interpretation


From the Intrapsychic to the Interpersonal: Defensive Processes in Couples Therapy

Joe Shay, Ph.D.

  • To be able to describe the manifestations of the defensive projective identification in couples therapy
  • To be able to identify ways to intervene more effectively in the presence of defensive processes
  • To be able to identify common countertransference reactions in the presence of defensive processes

 

 

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