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, with special attention paid to impasses related to racial and ethnic factors
  • To be able to assess the success or failure of specific interventional
    techniques and to revise them when necessary


Sexual and Emotional Relatedness in Couples

David Doolittle, Psy.D.

  • To be able to differentiate erotics of control as opposed to erotics of love
  • To be able to recognize and describe the unique way partners mutually create bonds of erotic love
  • To be able to discern and describe the way erotic relatedness mirrors and reflects their relationality.

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

The Fight to be Right:  High-Conflict and Aggression in Couple Therapy

Larry Chud, M.D. 

  • To be able to describe two characteristics of Narcissistic rage that distinguishes it from other forms of aggression
  • To be able to identify two approaches suggested by a self-psychology approach to manage Narcissistic rage between members of a couple as reported or experienced during sessions
  • To be able to identify two therapist countertransference reactions to couples who attack each other and/or the therapist


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 specify 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

Sexual and Gender Diversity in Couple Therapy

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

  • To be able to gain familiarity with and then be able to explain the concept of intersectionality in working with couples
  • To be able to gain clarity and confidence in and then 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

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


From the Couple to the Family System

Carolynn Maltas, Ph.D

  • To be able to identify some key family-of-origin experiences that may be influencing the current functioning and experience of clinical couples 
  • To be able to identify and modify appropriate couple therapy skills for building multi-lateral alliances to working with family systems


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 some of 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

Race and other Sociocultural Dimensions of our Work with Couples

Paul Efthim, Ph.D.

  • To be able to identify and reflect on professional experiences in which discomfort around sociocultural differences may have impacted the treatment process
  • To be able to define the concepts of white guilt and white shame, and identify at least two ways these emotions can be used constructively in the treatment process
  • To be able to describe and contrast the concepts of "cultural competence" and "cultural humility" as they relate to psychotherapy practice


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