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COURSE SIX – The Impasses Through Mutual Blaming: Dealing with High Conflict Divorce from a Psychoanalytic Perspective

Course SIX - The Impasses Through Mutual Blaming: Dealing with High Conflict Divorce from a Psychoanalytic Perspective

Course Coordinator: Kas Tuters

Seminar Leader: Don Carveth, Kas Tuters, Sally Doulis, Fäggie Oliver

Course Moderator: Michael Blugerman

Thursday, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm: January 9, 16, 23, 30, 2020 (4 evenings)

Fees: $240

Registration Deadline: January 1, 2020
Preregistration is required.


In this course we will examine what sort of psychopathology is involved in partners caught in high conflict divorce, e.g. Personality Disorders, Narcissism. Another dynamic that plays a major role is Projection and Projective Identification. These dynamics will be discussed in detail through the presentation of clinical examples.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. To understand the psychopathology involved in high conflict divorce;
  2. To understand the dynamics involved in Projection and Projective Identification;
  3. How to learn how to help “warring partners” separate with minimal destructiveness.
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Kaspars Tuters, MD, FRCP(C)

Kaspars Tuters, MD, FRCP(C), Psychoanalyst in Private Practice. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; Fellow, British Psychoanalytical Society. Faculty TPS&I.

Michael Blugerman, MSW, RSW

Michael Blugerman, MSW, RSW, Private Practice in child/adolescent/adult; Executive Director, Children’s Resource and Consultation Centre of Ontario; Chair, Ontario Association of Private Adoption Practitioners; Guest of the TPS.

Donald L. Carveth, PhD, RP, FIPA

Donald L. Carveth, PhD, RP, FIPA, is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Social & Political Thought, York University; Training & Supervising Analyst, Canadian Institute of Psychoanalysis; Faculty, TPS&I.

Sally Doulis, MSW, RSW, Dip. TCPP

Sally Doulis, MSW, RSW, Dip. TCPP, Infant/Child/Adolescent/Adult Psychotherapist in private practice. Canadian Association of Psychoanalytic Child Therapists, Faculty/Supervisor CICAPP; Guest of the TPS.

Fäggie Oliver*, BA, EdM, Dip. TCCP

Fäggie Oliver, BA, EdM, Dip. TCCP, Clinical member of CAPCT, private practice with children, adolescents and adults.

* By invitation.

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 2019/2020 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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