PCFINE Year II Educational Objectives

Impasses in Couple Therapy

Justin Newmark, Ph.D.
  • To be able to predict and describe impasses in couple therapy
  • To be able to plan and describe interventions to address impasses
  • To be able to assess the success or failure of specific interventional
    techniques and to revise them when necessary

 

Couples Gone Wild: The Top 10 Complications in Treating Couples

Joe Shay, Ph.D.

  • To be able to anticipate and describe common complications in treating couples
  • To be able to identify warning signs for the emergence of storminess in the couple
  • To be able to describe common countertransference reactions when faced with such a couple
  • To be able to discuss techniques to intervene when such situations arise


Separation and Divorce

Steven Krugman, Ph.D.

  • To be able to describe couples' typical reactions to separation and divorce, including the most common problematic responses
  • To be able to describe transference and countertransference when working with divorcing couples
  • To be able to facilitate couples’ recognizing and accepting a wide range of emotional reactions to the failed marriage

Betrayal in Relationships: Infidelity and Couples Therapy

Joe Shay, Ph.D. 

  • To be able to identify the multiple kinds of affairs and betrayals in relationships
  • To be able to describe the various stages of treatment for couples in which an affair or betrayal has been an issue
  • To be able to predict the various therapeutic challenges of working with couples in which an affair or betrayal has been an issue and to utilize these predictions in preparing the ongoing treatment

Stonewalling and Silent Anger in a Long-term Couple Therapy

Deborah Wolozin, Ph.D.
  • To be able to identify some of the origins and dynamics at work in stonewalling couples
  • To be able to identify some of the challenges to therapists working with these couples
  • To be able to identify some techniques useful for working with angry-stonewalling couples

 

Gay and Lesbian Couple Therapy

Stephen Knowlton, Ph.D. and Stephanie Ross, LICSW

  • To be able to gain familiarity with then be able to explain the concept of intersectionality in working with couples
  • To be able to gain clarity and confidence in and be able to describe applying this lens to self and patients
  • To be able to learn and explain how issues of shame, vulnerability, and internalized homophobia affect many gay male couples

 

Concurrent Couple and Individual Treatments

Carolynn Maltas, Ph.D. and Dan Schacht, LICSW

  • To be able to list at least two likely complications of treating a couple when there is concurrent individual therapy of a partner by a different therapist
  • To be able to describe one effective strategy for addressing certain predictable conflicts between therapists treating the same patient
  • To be able to describe several arguments for and against one therapist treating both the couple and one or more of the individual partners 

 

Couples and Parenthood

Linda Camlin, Ph.D.
  • To be able to describe the major intrapsychic, relational, and systemic domains of a couple's life impacted during the transition to parenthood
  • To be able to identify two essential benefits of parents having developed a "creative couple" capacity
  • To be able to identify and describe intergenerational themes in a couple's life that are woven into the development of their present family system

Which Way is Up and Why is that Song Playing in My Head?  The Therapist’s Self in Couple Treatment

Risa Weinrit, Psy.D.

  • To be able to identify and describe the varied ways that the couple's therapist may register communications from the couple
  • To be able to discuss some ways that a couple's therapist may use information that is communicated and processed through non-verbal and non-conscious modes to understand and intervene therapeutically with the couple
  • To be able to discuss some therapeutic advantages and pitfalls to developing a greater openness to using one's own affective states and reveries to help the therapist engage the couple

Whiteness and other Sociocultural Dimensions of our work with Couples

Paul Efthim, Ph.D.

  • To be able to identify cultural ideologies and value structures that underlie the contemporary theory and practice of couple psychotherapy
  • To be able to describe the relevance of the concept of "whiteness" to the practice of couple therapy
  • To be able to describe how the popular concept of "cultural competence" is inadequate and outmoded in light of recent developments in the field

 

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