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