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Treating Couples on the Brink

  • 01 Mar 2016
  • 7:30 PM
  • 12 Mar 2016
  • 3:30 PM
  • The Bridge, 31 N. Narberth Ave., Narberth, PA and Whittier Room at the Friends Meetinghouse, Swarthmore College


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The Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education (PCPE) is pleased to announce the following upcoming program:

Treating Couples on the Brink

Invited Speaker

Virginia Goldner, Ph.D. is the Founding Editor of the journal Studies in Gender and Sexuality, and an Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues. She also served two terms on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Relational Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

Dr. Goldner is on the faculty of the NYU Post-doctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, the Stephen A Mitchell Center for Relational Psychoanalysis, and doctoral program in clinical psychology at C.U.N.Y.

She is the co-Editor of two books, Gender in Psychoanalytic Space with Muriel Dimen (Other Press; 2002), and Predatory Priests, Silenced Victims, with Mary Gail Frawley O’Dea (Routledge; 2007). Virginia has received awards for her Distinguished Contributions to psychoanalysis by Division 39 of the APA, and to family therapy by the American Family Therapy Academy. She is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters, and is at work on a collection of her major papers to be published by Routledge Press.

Workshop Description

In treating couples on the brink, therapists are constantly being re-exposed to intensely disruptive trauma states – preconscious sense-memories of our own untidy, shameful history of romantic loss and failure. Being in the presence of people who may be winners in life, but are now losers in love—who are often in a state of disbelief, shock and shame over having been brought so low is a trigger.

This workshop will incorporate clinical strategies informed by multiple theoretical frameworks (including psychoanalytic theory, feminist theory, systems theory, along with recent work in developmental and attachment theory) to help therapists navigate the work with such challenging couples.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

1. recognize cues to the need to attend to self-regulation when faced with high affect, high conflict couples.

2. describe strategies for self-regulation when faced with high affect, high conflict couples.

3. apply multiple theoretical frameworks to their clinical decision-making. 

4. describe the triggers that activate partners to become dysregulated.

5. describe strategies to improve self-regulation for each partner in high affect, high conflict relationships.

6. describe strategies to improve mutual regulation for the couple in high affect, high conflict relationships.

7. explain how romance is held in the tension between danger and safety.

8. describe strategies to explore attachment issues in couples.

9. explain how attachment issues may vary according to gender.

Dates, Times, and Location

Seminar Meetings – Tuesday March 1 and 8, 2016 – 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Location – The Bridge, 31 N. Narberth Ave., Narberth, PA

Workshop with Dr. Goldner – Sat, March 12, 2016 -- 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location – Whittier Room at the Friends Meetinghouse, Swarthmore College

Reading Group Facilitators

Barbara Zimmerman-Slovak, Ph.D. is a psychologist, psychoanalyst, and couples and family therapist in private practice in Haverford. She works with children, adolescents, and adults, practicing psychoanalysis and individual, couples, and family therapy. She also provides supervision in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and couples and family therapy. Dr. Zimmerman-Slovak is a member of the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia and past Director of the Center’s Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training Program. She is on the Board of PCPE.

Cindy Baum-Baicker, Ph.D. is past President of the Section on Couples and Family Therapy (Section VIII) of Division 39 and Board Chair of the Thomas Scattergood Foundation for Behavioral Health. Trained as a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, she has been the consulting psychologist at the Social Systems Sciences department at the Wharton School of UPenn and more recently, studied clinical wisdom, as director of the Division 39 Wisdom Project. Having been in full-time practice for more than 35 years, Dr. Baum-Baicker works with late adolescents and adults in individual, couples, and family therapy in Center City and Doylestown.

CE Credits:

Nine (9) CE credits will be awarded for attending the two reading meetings and the Saturday workshop.


Cost is $195 for PSPP members; $225 for non-members

To register, go to pcpeonline.org

For additional information, please contact Barbara Zimmerman-Slovak barbarazslovak@gmail.com

Educational Prerequisites

PCPE welcomes all mental health professionals who hold advanced degrees in their fields, work with psychodynamic approaches in their practices, and have familiarity with the psychoanalytic literature. Individuals from other fields who hold doctoral degrees and who work with psychoanalytic ideas in their scholarly endeavors are also welcome to participate. PCPE does not discriminate according to age, gender, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or physical challenge.

Continuing Education for Psychologists

The Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PCPE maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Nine (9) CE credits will be awarded to psychologists who attend the Reading Seminar in its entirety. 

Continuing Education for Social Workers

The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors now designates APA-approved Continuing Education Sponsors like PCPE as pre-approved providers of continuing education courses and programs for social workers and clinical social workers.  Nine (9) CE credits will be awarded to social workers who attend the Reading Seminar in its entirety.

It is PCPE’s policy that one must attend at least one discussion group meeting before the workshop to attend the workshop. If only one discussion group meeting is attended, however, no CE credits will be given: APA policy.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

We reserve the right to cancel a program if there is insufficient enrollment, at which time all fees will be refunded. Registration fees will be refunded, less a $25 processing fee, if you cancel your registration at least three weeks prior to the start of a program.

Special Needs Policy

If you have any special needs related to your participation in our program offerings, please contact Jay Moses, Ph.D., at 267-254-0791, or at mjaymoses@gmail.com.

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