PCFINE Year I Educational Objectives

Key Concepts in Working with Couples

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

  • To be able to describe some differences in working with transferences as they occur in couple therapy and in individual therapy
  • To be able to identify and explain two or more differences in the role of couple therapist vs individual therapist
  • To be able to describe how intrapsychic elements in the individuals are transformed into systemic qualities of the couple dyad
  • To be able to demonstrate an understanding of the practical applications of identifying couples’ attachment styles
  • To be able to identify key interaction patterns


Evaluation and Formulation

Justin Newmark, Ph.D.

  • To be able to collect data about patients’ psychological histories in order to evaluate the current difficulty and diagnose psychological disorders
  • To be able to identify the key problematic behaviors and symptoms impairing the couple’s functioning
  • To be able to discuss various approaches for working with the couple’s identified problems and making an initial choice of where to intervene

 

The Formation of the Therapeutic Alliance in Couple Therapy

Arnie Cohen, Ph.D.

  • To be able to describe the challenges of developing a bilateral alliance in couple therapy
  • To be able to discuss countertransference issues that emerge in creating an alliance in couple therapy
  • To be able to describe effective treatment strategies to maintain a therapeutic alliance in couple therapy


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


Transference and Countertransference in Couple Therapy

Mark O’Connell, Ph.D.

  • To be able to demonstrate a rudimentary understanding of the historical concept of transference
  • To be able to describe the role of transference and countertransference in couple therapy
  • To be able to demonstrate a working comfort with the similarities and differences of transferences between partners in a couple, and transference between patient and clinician


Couple Development

Mary Kiely, Ph.D.

  • To be able to describe what couple development means
  • To be able to locate developmental themes in both the couples’ and the individuals’ presenting issues
  • To be able to formulate therapeutic interventions which consider development in both the individuals and the couple


Working with Affect

Jerry Gans, M.D.

  • To be able to discuss the reciprocal relationship between attachment and affect regulation
  • To be able to explain why therapists who utilize the Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy approach do not utilize countertransference
  • To be able to explain why a relationship approach is a two-person psychology
  • To be able to list four ways in which therapist behavior can lead to the mismanagement of affect in couple therapy

Behind Closed Doors: Sex in Couple Therapy

Magdalena Fosse, Psy.D.

  • To be able to understand and describe couples’ distress and disappointment with their sex life and assess the impact it has on couples’ overall functioning
  • To be able to assess partners’ sexual narratives, and based on this understanding to be able to discern the nature of couples’ sexual dysfunction
  • To be able to describe and utilize a couple of models of sexual functioning

Predictable and Not-So-Predictable Challenges in Working with Couples

Diane Englund, LICSW

  • To be able to describe common challenges presented in couple therapy
  • To be able to demonstrate effective strategies for managing these challenges
  • To be able to explain how to predict and avoid common errors in doing couple therapy

 

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


Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Couples Therapy but Were Afraid to Ask

Joe Shay, Ph.D. and Linda Camlin, Ph.D.

  • To be able to list some of the most common dilemmas faced by couple therapists
  • To be able to describe indications and contraindications for treating couples


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