CPPNJ - The Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy of New Jersey


A Few Spaces Open in Couples Therapy Training Program

Our second cohort in couples therapy training begins classes at the end of January 2011. We have decided to expand our training this year to a more central Jersey location in Piscataway on the campus of Rutgers in coordination with colleagues at GSAPP. Classes are held on Fridays with the initial theory class, taught by Tom Johnson, beginning at 11 AM and the first clinical class taught by Daniel Goldberg at 1:00 PM. The entire two - year sequence of courses will remain at Rutgers. We expect that next year (January 2012), we will have our third cohort in a more northern location in the Morristown-Montclair area (to be determined). By alternating locations, we hope to accommodate as many interested clinicians as possible.

Application is an easy process. Go to the admissions page and send in an application and a copy of your license. A member of our admissions committee (Gail Kleinman or Helene Schwartzbach) will call and set up an interview. For those who are wondering whether to fully commit to the two year sequence, try us out - you can take two courses before deciding on the two year program. Also, to all CPPNJ faculty…a number of faculty have joined us for one or more courses. Some are planning to take the entire sequence. We welcome you and it’s half the typical course fee.

Most important is the focus of the program – we are a systemic-psychodynamic couples therapy training program. We cover many different psychoanalytic perspectives and contemporary models such as emotionally focused therapy, Imago, and Gottman’s research based approach. We focus on interpersonal patterns that unfold in couples therapy such a when one person is pulled by the need for more closeness while the other seems to move toward a more autonomous position. Each acts on and reacts to the other, perhaps exacerbating attachment insecurities and fostering a unique, interpersonal dance. Underneath these systemic patterns lie unconscious fears, defenses, and needs that emerge from a person’s particular object relations. Overt criticisms between a couple can stem from the mutual projective identifications that often lead to an unconscious gridlock where one receives the hated part of the other. This is where couples therapy helps unfreeze these stalemates and new possibilities emerge.

E-mail Daniel Goldberg, Director of the New Jersey Couples Therapy Training Program (dcgphd@yahoo.com) with any questions you have. Come join us!