The Couples Therapy Training and Education Program (CTTEP)
The Couples Therapy Training and Education Program (CTTEP)
Starts in September 2017
We are quite pleased to introduce the Couples Therapy Training and Education Program (CTTEP) at the White Institute. CTTEP starts in September, 2017 as a thirty-week (one year) certificate program that follows the White Institute calendar. The program has as its mission to educate and train mental health professionals, licensed in their respective fields, in psychoanalytic-systemic couples therapy. CTTEP emphasizes Interpersonal Psychoanalytic-Systemic Couples Therapy, but the training includes additional psychoanalytic-systemic points of view. Our approach both in our theory of technique, and our practical guidance about intervening is defined by integrating core psychoanalytic constructs with constructs that define systems work. For example, we integrate the inevitability and usefulness of transference/countertransference phenomena and the enactment in the therapy of the therapeutic issues with the interlocking co-construction of couples’ problems, triangulation and the intergenerational transmission of unresolved issues that constrain couples’ interactional experiences and choices.
There are three components to the program, which must all be taken: didactics, group case conferences, and off-site one to one supervision. Trainees must complete 20 hours of work with a couple or summatively with more than one couple. One-and-a-half hour classes followed by one-hour case seminars will take place on Fridays from 12:15–3 at the Institute (20 West 74th Street). The time for the required once weekly off-site supervision will be agreed upon between the trainee and the supervisor. The cost of the program is $2500.00 plus a weekly fee paid directly to the supervisor of $60 a session. Additionally, there is a non-refundable application processing fee of $50.00. Applicants must be licensed to practice therapy in their respective fields, and must submit with the application a copy of their current license, their current registration, and their current professional liability insurance.
There will be seven didactic modules over the course of the thirty weeks. These classes include but are not limited to: How to begin and sustain a psychoanalytic couples treatment; couples dynamics expressed in classical and popular art; issues of class and race in couples; how to get couples talking about sex; LGBTQ partners; when couples seek treatment as parents; and strategies with high conflict couples. The three consecutive ten-week case conferences, led by three different faculty members, offer case consultation to each trainee in turn with all students present. Each student will have presented a case for two weeks by the end of the three group case conferences. One-to-one off-site supervision takes place in the supervisor’s office for thirty weeks.
***** Applications for CTTEP are available now ******
Applicants must be licensed in their respective field and must have a couple in their practice or anticipate having a couple by October 2017. Prospective trainees will be interviewed after the CTTEP Executive Committee receives the application, two letters of recommendation, the scanned copy of the license, the scanned copy of the up-to-date registration, and the up-to-date professional liability insurance of the applicants, as well as the processing fee. We strongly encourage each applicant to have engaged in or to be engaged in his/her/their own therapy/analysis as we believe it enhances and complements overall growth in the program.
We thank you very much for your interest and welcome hearing from you. If you have questions not answered by the above description, you may inquire of any of the executive committee of the couples program, which consists of the following members:
Shelly Goldklank, Ph.D., Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Ethan Graham, Ph.D., Co-director email@example.com
Lawrence O. Brown, Ph.D., Consultant firstname.lastname@example.org
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Couples Therapy Training and Education Program, (CTTEP) Learning Objectives
Weeks One - Six: Sept 15th, 22nd, 29th, Oct 6th, 13th and 20th
How to Keep Your Head When They’re Losing Theirs: Getting Treatment Started
Shelly Goldklank, Ph.D.
1: After the first class, students will be able to list at least three constructs from psychoanalysis and from three from systems therapy that are integrated in the orientation of this program and apply them to a case which they are diagnosing.
2: After the second class, students will be able to take a genogram, getting information about the family of origin of each member of the couple in such a way that the information anticipates transference/countertransference issues relevant to the presenting complaint. They should also be able to take a
3: After the third class, students should be able to diagnose three crucial components of couple functioning that are in question for their couples case.
4: After the fourth class, students should be able to intervene in a commitment difficulty in a couple.
Students should be able to intervene in a power or an intimacy difficulty and spot the difference between a commitment issue and an intimacy issue.
5: After the fifth class, students should be able to spot and understand what to do when they are siding, unconsciously at first and collusively with the system, with one person in a couple over another.
6: After the sixth class, students should be able to present their couples cases giving the most relevant couples issues, rather than individual issues, that is, the students should begin to speak systemically as well speaking their more familiar psychoanalytic language and conceptualization. Their descriptions should not only complementarity, and similarity, but also life cycle stage, triangulations, and horizontal manifestations of vertical (family of origin) unresolved issues.
Couples Dynamics as Expressed in Classical and Popular Art
Sept 15th, 22nd, 29th, Oct 6th, 13th and 20th
1.: Demonstrate in a case how the variables of membership, power and affection interact as a three-generational family goes through the phase of emerging adulthood.
2: Show in a case how the pressures on the blending of identities and the preservation of individuality interact in the formation of a couple.
Issues for LGBTQ Couples: Weeks Nine - Thirteen: Nov 10th, 17th, Dec 1st, 8th, and 15th 12:15 -1:45
- Students will be able to describe some of the issues faced by LGBTQ individuals as they develop and maintain intimate partnership.
- Students will be able to discuss some of the developmental issues experienced in the formation of an LBGTQ identity and how these issues affect the couple.
- Students will increase their awareness of internalized homophobia with respect to LGBTQ relationships and the ways in which these feelings can compromise the clinical encounter.
- Students will explore the complexities of how gender arrangements are navigated in same sex couples.
- Students will explore their own countertransference in working with sexual and romantic intimacy.
- Students will explore some of the issues faced by LGBTQ couples as they work through decisions about family planning and the complexities they face when heading non-traditional families.
Clinical Case Conference Learning Objectives:
- Students will learn to use the information from the didactic course to increase their professional competence.
- Students will learn how couples therapy compares with work with individuals.
- Students will learn techniques for establishing trusting relationships between therapists and couples.
- Students will be able to take a genogram for their patients and use it in such a way that the information anticipates transference/countertransference.
- Students will be able to demonstrate in a case how the variables of membership, power and affection interact as a three-generational family goes through the phase of emerging adulthood.
- Students will be able to explore how they can deal with the problem of favoring one person in a couple over another in their own treatment cases.
- Students will learn how to present a couples therapy case giving the most relevant couples issues in order to obtain group input into their clinical work.
- Students will be able to give positive feedback to each other when presenting clinical material.