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Principles of Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy: For Analysts and Therapist who Practice it, and Those who Simply Won’t
Richard Zeitner, Ph.D.

August 8 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Richard Zeitner, Ph.D. will address central and cherished principles of psychoanalytic couple therapy, informed largely by object relations theories. He will demonstrate how projective identification within the intimate partnership can serve the function of the couple communication while also carrying the potential for partner difficulties. He sill also show how the tracking of these communication patterns serves as a guide for the clinician while working with the couple to overcome patterns of dysfunctional relating. Following Dr. Zeitner’s discussion, a case will be presented by Eugenio Duarte, Ph.D. to illustrate the application of these principles, all while drawing conference participants into open discussion as a clinical exercise.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to describe three defining characteristics of psychoanalytic couple therapy, which differentiate it from other models of couple treatment practiced in the U.S.

  1. Participants will be able to describe how projective identification within the partnership serves both a function of couple communication, while also potentially becoming the basis of the couple’s difficulties when presenting for treatment.
  2. ┬áParticipants will be able to describe how being informed about psychoanalytic couple and family theory might alter one’s way of hearing material when working with individual patients..


Richard M. Zeitner, Ph.D., FABP, ABPP is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute, and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine. He is an Adjunct Instructor at the International Psychotherapy Institute where he is also a Supervisor in the Couple and Family Training Program, while also serving as Chairman of the Board. He is the North American Co-Chair of the IPA Committee on Couple and Family Psychoanalysis. He has written a number of professional papers, and his book Self Within Marriage: The Foundation for Lasting Relationships has been used in a number of seminars and training programs. It has recently been published in the Chinese language.

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August 8
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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