A Relational Psychoanalytic Approach To Couples Psychotherapy | 1/20/2018


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A Workshop With:
Philip Ringstrom, Ph.D.

Saturday, January 20, 2018
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

3 CME/CE Credits

UCLA Covel Commons
(Parking off Sunset Blvd., in Sunset Village)

Join us as we explore working psychoanalytically with couples with one of the foremost relational psychoanalysts.

A Relational Psychoanalytic Approach to Couples Psychotherapy

This program involves Dr. Philip Ringstrom’s presentation of his original model for doing relational psychoanalytic couples therapy. It involves a grounded framework for addressing the complex psychodynamics of couples in highly practical ways. The model is based on three broad themes: 1) the actualization of self-experience in an intimate relationship; 2) the capacity for mutual recognition and 3) the relationship having a mind of its own. Based on his 2014 Goethe Award winning book, A Relational Psychoanalytic Approach to Couples Psychotherapy, Dr. Ringstrom will offer a clinically useful road map of six nonlinear steps which wed his theory and practice. His model begins with the therapist’s close attunement to the “hopes and dread’s” that each partner brings to the relationship, pointing out the couple’s “vicious circle” interactions when each partner’s developmental (transference) longings trigger painful or unmanageable (repetitive transference) states in the other. The problems of blame, shame, failure of mutual recognition, and difficulties in self-actualization are clearly laid out. On the heels of close attunement to the couple’s conscious longings and grievances, Ringstrom shifts to how the emergence and exploration of enactments illuminates couples unconscious core repetitions, with the goal of moving these core, seemingly immutable conflicts (often between unconscious multiple self-states) from being etched in stone to being something that the therapy can begin to play with more improvisationally. The overall presentation promises to be both engaging and stimulating. Dr. Ringstrom will lecture from a three-page-handout-outline of his model of couple’s psychotherapy while involving extensive audience interaction.

About the Presenter

Philip Ringstrom, PhD, Psy.D. is a Senior Training and Supervising Analyst, Faculty Member, and Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, where he is also in full-time private practice. He is a Member of the Editorial Boards of both the International Journal on Psychoanalytic Self Psychology and Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and Psychoanalytic Perspectives. He is also a member of the International Council of Self-Psychologists, and a founding member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. His book A Relational Approach to Couples Psychotherapy is an outstanding contribution to the field and winner of the Goethe Award for the best book in psychoanalysis in 2014.  He has published over 50 journal articles and has presented at conferences all over the world. 


12:30 to 1:00 Registration
1:00 to 1:10 Welcome
1:10 to 3:30   Interactive Presentation
3:30 to 4:00 Discussion


Chair: Thomas P. Helscher, Ph.D., FIPA
Claudia Eskenazi, Ph.D.
Jo Ann McKarus, Psy.D., FIPA
Sandra Wilder-Padilla, Ph.D., FIPA
David Hayes, MFT


Important Disclosure: None of the planners or presenters of this CME/CE program has any relevant financial relationship to disclose.

Accreditation and Credit Designation Statement

Accreditation Statement: LAISPS is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical
edu cation for physicians. LAISPS takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

Physicians: LAISPS designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim credit
commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certificate in Continuing Medical
Psychologists: LAISPS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LAISPS
maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists: LAISPS is approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences to grant continuing education
credit to those holding LCSW and MFT licenses. (Provider #PCE311) This activity is designated for 3 credit hours.

Please Note:

  • Participants must complete an online evaluation within 2 weeks of completing this CE/CME activity in order to receive credit.
  • According to APA guidelines, CE credit can only be awarded to psychologists for full attendance

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