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Key Psychodynamic Concepts in Couple Therapy

Clock Hours: 1

By the time you complete this course, you should be able to: • Be able to differentiate between positive and negative transferences • Understand the meaning of projective identification. • Understand the two steps of projective identification and how they play out in couples. • Recognize how not to rescue couples interlocked in projective identification.

Arthur Nielsen, MD, writes that understanding projective identification “offers a powerful lens through which therapists can examine and treat marital dysfunction and discontent.” Projective identification is a defense mechanism by which individuals unconsciously recruit others to help them tolerate painful intrapsychic states of mind. Once therapists grasp the psycho-dynamics of projective identification, then, using tact and empathy, they will be able to significantly help couples become more self-reflective and aware of the minds of their partners. In this interview, Dr. Nielsen uses a number of clinical examples to demonstrate this concept. Keywords: couple therapy, counseling, projective identification, intrapsychic, psychodynamic

Approval Bodies

  • Association of Social Work Boards Approved Continuing Education (ACE)
  • CAADE - California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators
  • California Association of DUI Treatment Programs (CADTP)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP)
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Psychology
  • Florida Dept. of Health (Board of Social Work, Marriage & Family, Mental Health Counseling)
  • NAADAC, National Association for Addiction Professionals
  • National Board for Certified Counselors
  • Pennsylvania Certification Board
  • Professional Development

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