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COURSE FIVE – Working Analytically with Couples

COURSE FIVE - Working Analytically with Couples

Course Coordinator: Sarah Usher

Course Leaders: Sarah Usher, Sharian Sadavoy, Klaus Wiedermann, Marilyn Ruskin

Thursday, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm: January 10, 17, 24, 31, 2019 (4 evenings)

Fees: $240

Preregistration is required.


This course will offer participants the opportunity to learn how psychoanalytic theories can be applied to couples therapy. Psychoanalyst couples therapists will present different points of view, including the classical and object relations approach, and the Tavistock model. The differences between individual therapy and couples therapy will be elaborated, particularly in terms of transference and counter-transference. Readings will be suggested in the first class. Discussion of participants’ cases throughout is strongly encouraged.

January 10: Sarah Usher – Introduction and overview.
January 17: Sharian Sadavoy – Object relations theory and couples work.
January 24: Klaus Wiedermann – Tavistock Model for working with couples.
January 31: Marilyn Ruskin – Clinical work with couples. Participants’ cases.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course the participants will be able to:

  1. Learn the technique of treating couples.
  2. Learn about couples therapy from different theoretical perspectives.
  3. Learn about the differences inherent in treating couples versus treating individuals.
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Sarah Usher, PhD, CPsych

Sarah Usher, PhD, CPsych, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice. Faculty, TPS&I.

Marilyn Ruskin, MSW, RSW, MEd

Marilyn Ruskin, MSW, RSW, MEd, is a psychoanalyst in private practice, treating individuals and couples; Adjunct Lecturer – Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work; Faculty TPS&I.

Sharian Sadavoy, MSW, RSW

Sharian Sadavoy, MSW, RSW, is a psychoanalyst in private practice specializing in individual and couple therapy. She supervises and teaches in the FPP and ATPPP programs of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. Faculty, TPS&I.

Klaus Wiedermann, PhD, CPsych

Klaus Wiedermann, PhD, CPsych, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Toronto. He has practiced, supervised, and taught psychoanalytic couple therapy in various settings. Faculty, TPS&I.

The Extension Courses are eligible for Section 1 CME credits (0.5 credits/hour).

Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2018/2019 status needs to be provided. Please contact the tps&i directly to register at a discount. Refunds must be requested in writing two weeks prior to the beginning of a course. A handling fee of $30 will be retained. After these two weeks, fees cannot be returned.

** Distance Participation – Priority will be given to those outside Metro Toronto area.

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