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