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The Rough Patch in Marriage: Working with Couples Psychoanalytically
– Daphne de Marneffe, PhD [SEMINAR]

Sat October 10, 2020 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Virtual Event
$130.00 – $150.00

Narrative: Empirical and clinical research on couple processes and couple therapy has expanded in the last thirty years.  Simultaneously, psychoanalytic views of development and therapeutic action have incorporated findings from research on attachment, mentalization, and emotion.  This seminar provides a grounding in current theories of mentalization, couple therapy, and adult development as a vehicle for considering the crises and challenges of long-term intimate relationships and how to best work with them psychoanalytically. As therapists, we need to hold in tension the needs of the individuals and the needs of the couple. How do marriage and individual development enhance or constrain each other?  How does our therapeutic perspective change by virtue of treating the individual or the couple?  Through the use of didactic presentation, clinical examples, and interactive discussion, the following topics will be covered: the roles of attachment, mentalization, and emotion regulation in couple dynamics; enhancing the “couple state of mind”; a clinical approach for enlivening “dead” couples; and clinical dilemmas surrounding specific issues in long-term relationships (affairs, drug/alcohol use, money, children, health, and the empty nest). Together we will think about the values—psychoanalytic, ethical, existential—that shape our understanding of these issues and inform our clinical choices.

Daphne de Marneffe, PhD is a psychologist and author of The Rough Patch: Marriage and the Art of Living Together and Maternal Desire: On Children, Love, and the Inner Life.   She has published scholarly papers on gender identity development, maternal subjectivity, and psychoanalytic history, and she teaches and lectures on couple therapy, adult development, and parenthood. She is also a contributing editor to Parents Magazine, where she writes a monthly column on couple relationships.  Her work has been featured in the New York TimesO Magazine, NPR, Greater Good, Psychotherapy Networker, and Talks at Google.  She is in private practice in Corte Madera, CA


CIP Member: 

$100 early registration, up to 10 days prior to seminar, $120 after


Non-member Rate: $130 early registration, up to 10 days prior to seminar, $150 after

CEs: 6 CEs for LMFTs & LCSWs and 6 CEs for Psychologists

Community Institute for Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Community Institute for Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for these programs and their contents.

Accommodations will be made wherever possible to those with disabilities.  Please let us know of any disabilities upon registration, to ensure proper accommodations are put in place prior to workshop/training.

Cancellations must be received in writing 10 business days prior to the seminar or class for a refund minus a $25 cancellation fee.


Sat October 10, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$130.00 – $150.00
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