A Post-Graduate Fellowship Program in Couple Therapy (2022-2023, Year I)

  • Sunday, September 25, 2022
  • 8:45 AM
  • Sunday, June 11, 2023
  • 12:00 PM
  • TBD

Please Note: Applicants must be independently licensed mental health professionals who will need to submit a certificate of malpractice insurance, a copy of license, and a current curriculum vitae.

Questions: Call Alice Rapkin, PCFINE Administrator, with any questions at 781-433-0906, or send her an email at pcfine1934@gmail.com.

Program Structure

PCFINE’s couple therapy curriculum begins with a theoretical overview of our guiding principles. Each subsequent class focuses on specific techniques or focuses on clinical work, tying theory to clinical examples from both fellows and faculty. The first year of our training program covers topics that prepare clinicians with the fundamentals necessary for providing effective couple treatments (see below). There is also an optional second year program, pursued by a majority of our fellows, in which clinicians delve more deeply into specific, but common clinical issues facing couple therapy: e.g., infidelity; working with gay and lesbian clients; parenting issues; race and other sociocultural dimensions; and moral dimensions.  In fact, after the second year, some clinicians choose to continue learning with their classmates and arrange for monthly group supervision over several years to follow. PCFINE welcomes our fellows to become involved in our professional organization which offers continuing education opportunities and professional support in sponsoring talks, case presentations, and symposia.

The first year classes meet monthly on Sunday mornings, from 8:45 am-noon, September through June, and are held at the homes of class coordinators. Each half-year has two faculty coordinators present at all classes in addition to the faculty guest speaker there to teach that month's topic. This is to offer a window into the differences in approach that various senior clinicians take, and to allow for continuity of themes between classes. The classes are taught in the manner of a post-graduate seminar with active participation by the fellows both in exploring the theory presented and around discussion of clinical examples. A syllabus and readings are provided in advance for each meeting. There are a total of 10 sessions. As well there is an orientation brunch for fellows and faculty before the first class meets in September.

In addition to the monthly class meetings, fellows will be divided into small groups of 3 or 4 clinicians and assigned to a consultation group leader, a senior faculty member with whom they will meet monthly for two hours on Sundays following classes. This provides an opportunity for ongoing case discussion of the fellows' work as it is evolving over the course of the training program.

The "equity rate" of $500 is intended for prospective fellows who identify as belonging to racial or ethnic groups with historical barriers to access, and/or clinicians who work primarily with low income individuals or groups who have also endured historical barriers to access by virtue of their race or ethnicity.

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