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 12, 26, February 2, 9, 2017

Fees: $180

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 12: Sarah Usher – Introduction and overview.
January 26: Sharian Sadavoy – Object relations theory and couples work.
February 2: Klaus Wiedermann – Tavistock Model for working with couples.
February 9: 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

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

Marilyn Ruskin

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

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

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.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are available. This event is an accredited group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certificate Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone. As per the Royal College standard, each presentation provides a minimum of 25% interactive learning.

Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2016/2017 status needs to be provided. Please contact the tps&i directly to register at a discount.

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