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Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Couples

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Course Description: This course is based upon material published in the Archives and is available as an open access article.

During 11 years we have been working on a research involving intervention with families seeking treatment in a counseling center-school and whose complaints are focused on their children. Using psychoanalytic psychotherapy with the couples, we have tried to achieve symptom remission in the children. The purpose of this study is to reflect on the maintenance, over time, of the psychological changes obtained in this kind of clinical practice, which encompasses both couples and families. Based on clinical-qualitative methodology and case study, two cases have been examined, with emphasis on the follow-up sessions for two couples who were undergoing psychoanalytic couple’s therapy for thirty-six and thirty months, respectively, with two additional follow-up sessions after the therapy was finished. The collection of clinical material to be analyzed according to the psychoanalytic references was made using excerpts from the session written notes taken by the therapist herself immediately after the sessions were over. As a result, this kind of intervention proved effective in clarifying latent marital conflicts and in fostering a healthy environment, one that could contribute to the emotional development of the child.

This course on couple psychotherapy is designed for social workers, professional counselors, psychologists, nurses, and substance abuse counselors, who do clinical work.  This course is appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to develop their understanding of substance abuse treatment. The course material includes a brief literature review.  It may also be useful for licensed clinicians who require clinical continuing education courses for license renewal.  

The course is based on a journal article which includes research.  It contains statistical analysis and data that some clinicians enjoy reading and others do not.  A major benefit of reading research based articles for continuing education is they provide practitioners with the latest findings in their field. 

Authors:  Rios-Lima, Gomes

Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding couple psychotherapy.  Specifically, a professional will:

  • Describe psychoanalytic interventions used to help couples over time.

  • Identify psychological changes that occur in this specific type of couple therapy that encompasses the marriage and family spheres.

  • Recognize how this kind of treatment can help contribute to the emotional development of a couple’s child.   

Citation:  Rios-Lima, M. G., Gomes, I. C., (2012). A Follow-up Study in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Couples. International Journal of Applied Psychology. doi: 10.5923/j.ijap.20120205.02

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