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Mastering Couple Treatment: Information for the Wary Therapist

  • Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center 80 Fifth Avenue, Room 1408 New York, New York 10011 United States (map)


The workshop will be experiential and didactic and will cover theory and technique for beginning couple therapists, followed by a live demonstration of the Image Dialogue. Participants will learn how to:

  • Assess the viability of the couple for treatment.
  • Manage constructive initial and subsequent sessions.
  • Have specific tools with which to facilitate sessions.
  • Have some interventions to fall back on when you don’t know what to do.
  • Stay in charge.
  • Transform a negative dynamic into a positive one.
  • Enhance an individual treatment by observing first hand what is going on in the relationship your patient is troubled by.
  • Conceptualize the underlying issues that are tormenting the couple.
  • Incorporate a general theoretical understanding of what people play out and why they do it, and therefore how treatment needs to be structured in order to get therapeutic leverage.