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Love as Creative Illusion & Other Thoughts About Transitional and Transformational Relating in Couples

Presenter: 
Julie Friend, LCSW

Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Registration starts at 8:30 am.

Love as Creative Illusion & Other Thoughts About Transitional and Transformational Relating in Couples

How do we as psychoanalytic couple psychotherapists hold a place for the creative, aesthetic, and non-realistic as we also help couples develop capacities for mature, differentiated object relating? In this course, we will approach love as an example of an emotional experience of the other that inhabits a transitional realm and holds transformational potential. Enlisting Winnicott, Bollas, and others we will explore the value of thinking about such powerfully felt experiences of the other in working psychoanalytically with couples. Should attention to less ‘realistic’ currents within couple relationships have a more considered place in psychoanalytic couple psychotherapy? How might we do this while still valuing the necessity and importance of helping couples see each other more realistically?

Case material will be explored.

Julie Friend, LCSW, BCD, is the Program Chair, Curriculum Chair and Faculty of the Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Group's Intensive Study Program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with couples. She has served on the teaching and/or supervisory faculty at several Bay Area teaching institutions, published in Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, Fort Da, and Viewpoint, and has presented her paper “Love as Creative Illusion and Its Place in Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy” at several venues including Tavistock Relationships in London. She has a private practice including individuals, couples, and consultation in Berkeley, California.

Date & Time: Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Registration starts at 8:30 am.

Location: TPI, 2232 Carleton St., Berkeley, CA 94704 (get map and directions)

 Fee if Registration Completed: by 3/1/19 after 3/1/19
TPI Members $75 $95
Nonmembers $95 $115
Prelicensed Students/Interns $55 $75

CE: 3 Credits. $10 additional fee for CE credits. The Psychotherapy Institute is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists, LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs (provider number PSY005). The Psychotherapy Institute maintains responsibility for these programs and their content (see Course Policies). Fulfills the BBS supervision class requirement.