Many experienced therapists feel energized to engage in couples therapy. Yet as time passes, they often feel overwhelmed or “stuck.” Those trained and familiar with couples’ work know this phenomenon all too well. As the couple’s issues around communication, sex, trauma, affairs, rage and hopelessness unfold in the therapist’s office, the work can feel taxing and overwhelming, often deskilling the most seasoned therapist.
ICP+P’s Couples Therapy Training Program focuses on integrating psychodynamic theory and specific clinical skills, so that clinicians can feel effective in therapeutically addressing the challenges of this work. The program consists of weekly three-hour meetings, divided between didactic learning and group supervision on active couples cases.
The program focuses on:
- Contemporary Psychodynamic Theories as they apply to Couples Therapy
- Addressing specific challenges for couples, including sexual impasses, high conflict, distant and cut-off forms of relating
- The challenges inherent in collaborative work between couples and individual therapists
- The exploration of countertransference reactions as a tool to effective intervention
- Incorporating the contributions of neuroscience and control-mastery to a psychodynamically oriented approach
- Specific interventional techniques that facilitate growth and effective couples treatment
Many graduates of the program continue to collaborate and work together on clinical cases long after the program is completed. The program also offers graduates many ongoing professional and social events, and the opportunity to belong to a warm professional community.
The program is for licensed therapists from all disciplines, and runs from September-May. Classes are held each Wednesday from 11:30 am-2:30 pm. To request more information or set up an informational meeting, please contact Dr. Michael Wannon at 301-951-9488.