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 a 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 partners’ 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 partners’ 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 some techniques useful for working with angry-stonewalling 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

 

 

Gay and Lesbian Couple Therapy

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

  • To be able to identify common barriers to intimacy in gay male couples
  • To be able to identify common challenges to intimacy in lesbian couples
  • To be able to describe gender identifications and their implications for working with same sex couples

 

Parenting Issues in Couple Therapy

Linda Camlin, Ph.D.
  • To be able to identify intergenerational themes in couples’ lives and their impact on parenting styles and the narrative of the family
  • To be able to identify, from a systemic point of view, the ways in which the presenting problems of children/adolescents reflect and impact their parents’ marriages
  • To be able to elucidate themes and patterns in the family and create treatment approaches which disentangle the issues of the couple from their children to be able to integrate a psychodynamic understanding of individual family members with a system perspective on the family

 

Working with Therapist’s Self

Risa Weinrit, Psy.D.

  • To be able to identify and describe the couple’s impact on the couple therapist
  • To be able to utilize awareness of the couple’s impact to elucidate unconscious interpersonal processes in the couple
  • To be able to utilize awareness of the couple’s impact to design interventions which help the couple gain greater mutual understanding

Time and Termination in Couple Therapy

Jennifer Stone, Ph.D.
  • To be able to explain how therapeutic focus, therapeutic alliance, developmental framework, therapist role, use of strong affect, flexibility, and termination are each critically relevant to productive time-sensitive work with couples
  • To be able to describe the use of theoretical concepts originating in many psychotherapeutic theoretical traditions in brief couple therapy
  • To be able to use the roles of time-sensitivity and termination in deepening the work of treatment with couples

 

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