CPPNJ - The Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy of New Jersey

The New Jersey Couples Therapy Training Program


Overview of Couples Therapy Training

The New Jersey Couples Therapy Training Program (NJCTTP), a division of the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (CPPNJ), offers a unique integrated training program in psychodynamic-systems couples therapy including a thorough grounding in the theory of couples relationships from both family systems and diverse psychodynamic points of view. During the program, intensive classroom work and clinical supervision integrates readings with student s own clinical material. Each student receives group and one-to-one supervision, as well as courses that encompass both theory and clinical training which are taught by senior faculty throughout the training period. Licensed clinicians can enroll in courses and workshops without deciding to become a full candidate of the program by submitting their contact information and a copy of their license and insurance information.

The mission of this program is to develop clinical flexibility in the use of a wide variety of approaches to couples therapy. We believe that each couple presents unique challenges and that no one model in couples therapy is sufficient. Students will have an opportunity to explore multiple psychodynamic and family systems perspectives on couples therapy, along with contributions from emotionally focused therapy, imago relationship therapy, and skill based approaches among others. Our integrative model enables our students to arrive at an eclectic understanding of the couple as an entity, and how each partner has a separate internal world that impacts the whole of the couple.

NJCTTP provides a culture and community for its students, graduates, and faculty through courses, meetings, workshops, presentations, personal connections, and social events. Candidates may also receive couples therapy referrals through our Psychotherapy Center by applying for therapist status with the PC .The New Jersey Couples Therapy Training Program offers individual and group supervision experiences in North, Central and Southern New Jersey. Please contact Sandra Sinicropi at sandrasinicropi@gmail.com for further information.


Training Options in Couples Therapy


Full Two Year Sequence

Individuals who want to complete our entire training sequence can choose to become candidates for our comprehensive, two year sequence. The first year consists of two 12 week courses, one in the fall and one in the spring. Classes are usually held on Monday mornings. The location will vary depending on the geographical distribution of students. Each class is 2 hours long and combines both clinical and theoretical material. Video tapes, lectures, class discussions, role plays, and case presentations are all used to provide a learning experience which helps candidates practice multiple clinical approaches to couples therapy. In addition to the two courses, candidates are encouraged to begin supervision in couples therapy. We suggest 30 hours of supervision, at least 15 of which should be in individual supervision, for the first year.

The second year is a more varied experience. We offer weekend workshops on various topics related to couples therapy such as "Trauma and Its Impact on Relationship Conflict" and "Commonalities and Differences Among Contemporary Models for Couples Therapy", starting Friday afternoon and continuing on Saturday. We also offer five-week "mini-courses" on selected topics such as "Managing Impasses in Couples Therapy" or "Exploring Varieties of Sexual Expression". Candidates are required to complete 6 of these workshops/mini-courses and an additional 30 hours of supervision if they wish to receive a certification in Advanced Couples Therapy.

Flexible Options

Individuals who do not want the complete training sequence can take whatever courses or workshops they desire. Some people may take one or both of the first year courses. Others may just want to participate in supervision (group or individual). Some clinicians may want to take an assortment of workshops, such as those described above, depending on their interests. We understand that people have varying needs for training and the program can accommodate theses differences. In fact, some clinicians try out the program slowly and then at a later point, make the decision to complete the entire two year sequence.