Psychoanalytic Therapy with Couples: Moving Between the Upper and Lower Worlds

Austen Riggs Center

25 Main St
StockbridgeMassachusetts 01262
November 4, 2017 at 9:30 AM to at 12:30 PM

DESCRIPTION OF EVENT: Many contemporary therapists who work with couples focus exclusively on communication skills and problem-solving (the "upper" world), while others value only the interpretation of the couple's unconscious process (the "lower" world). Dr Luepnitz suggests that the art of psychotherapy with couples lies in moving between the two, with the goal of helping couples to love, work, and play better, as well as to develop a stronger self-observing capacity. Lecture and case material will demonstrate working with the transference and dream interpretation, while also allowing the couple to better negotiate everyday issues, such as the division of housework. The analytic constructs used derive from the works of Donald Winnicott and Jacques Lacan.

Deborah Luepnitz, PhD, is a clinical associate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is the author of three books, including: The Family Interpreted: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Family Therapy (Basic Books, 1992), and Schopenhauer's Porcupines: Intimacy and Its Dilemmas (Basic Books, 2003). She is also a contributing author to the Cambridge Companion to Lacan (Cambridge University Press, 2003). In 2005, Dr. Luepnitz launched IFA (Insight For All), which connects psychoanalysts willing to work pro bono with homeless adults and children. She maintains a private practice in Philadelphia.

This presentation is designed for mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers, with a $25.00 registration fee.


Attention NY, NJ and ME Social Workers: the Austen Riggs Center is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. As of July 2015, ACE is accepted in 47 jurisdictions. This does not include the states of New York, New Jersey and Maine.

No registration required. For more information contact Samantha Blache at 413.931.5230.

In the event of a cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, a notice will be posted here no later than 3:00 p.m. on the day of the event. 

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Total Cost: $25.00