Peter Reiner, PhD, LMFT
March 11-13, 2022
Dr. Reiner is Vice-President and Faculty of the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis (CCP), Faculty at The Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, and was Coordinator of Clinical Training at the Family Institute of Chicago. Peter is an award-winning teacher who has led more than 50 graduate and post-graduate classes or seminars in systemically-oriented couple and family psychotherapy and psychodynamically-oriented psychotherapy. Dr. Reiner has written at length about the training and supervision of psychodynamically-oriented couple and family therapists, including “Training psychodynamic family therapists,” (in Lebow, Chambers, & Breunlin [Eds.] Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy, 2017) and “Systemic psychodynamic supervision,” (in Todd & Storm [Eds.], The Complete Systemic Supervisor: Context, Philosophy, and Pragmatics [2nd ed.], 2014). Dr. Reiner maintains a private practice in Chicago of psychoanalysis; psychoanalytic and systemic psychotherapy with individuals, couples, and families; and consultation.
Seminar Title: Enhanced Couple Therapy: Integrating the Psychodynamic
Seminar Description :This clinically-based course will provide a review of selected concepts and techniques of couple therapy, and will enhance participants’ theoretical and clinical skills through the introduction and application of key psychoanalytic contributions. Drawn from the classical, object relations, self-psychology, and relational models, these psychoanalytic understandings will be used to inform a broad array of clinical work with couples, ranging from short-term, present-oriented approaches to long-term, in-depth, historically-oriented couple therapy.
Videotapes of consultation interviews will be used extensively to illustrate important clinical moments, interventional choice points, and a range of associated treatment techniques. This clinical material will also be viewed through the lenses provided by selected classic and contemporary readings that will facilitate the integration of systemic and psychodynamic theories, clinical formulation, and technique.
Selected Readings (This list will be revised shortly and arranged by topic. Approximately one-half of the readings will be optional).
Catherall, D. (1992). Working with projective identification in couples. Family Process, 31, 355-367.
Fairbairn, W.R.D. (1963). Synopsis of an object-relations theory of personality. International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 44, 224-225.
Lansky, M. (1986). Marital therapy for narcissistic disorders. In N. Jacobson & A. Gurman (Eds.), Clinical handbook of marital therapy (pp. 557-574). NY: Guilford.
Leone, C. (2008). Couple therapy from the perspective of self psychology and intersubjectivity theory. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 25(1), 79-98.
MacIntosh, H. (2018). From application to approach: A systematic review of 50 years of psychoanalytic couple therapy. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 38(5), 331-358.
Middelberg, C. (2001). Projective identification in common couple dances. Journal of
Marital and Family Therapy, 27(3), 341-352.
Mitchell, V. (2016). Couples therapy with same-sex and gender-variant (LGBT) couples:
Sociocultural problems and intrapsychic and relational consequences. In E. Lawrence
& K. Sullivan (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of relationship science and couple interventions, (pp. 241-259). Oxford University Press.
Nielsen, A. (2019). Projective identification in couples. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 67(4), 593-624.
Nielsen, A. (2016). A roadmap for couple therapy: Integrating systemic, psychodynamic, and behavioral approaches.
Pinsof, W., Breunlin, D., Chambers, A., Solomon, A., & Russell, W. (2015). Integrative problem-centered metaframeworks approach. In A. Gurman, J. Lebow, & D. Snyder, (Eds.), Clinical handbook of couple therapy (5th ed.). NY: Guilford.
Pinsof, W. Therapist operations. (1988, Unpublished, pdf).
Reiner, P. (2014). Systemic psychodynamic supervision. In T. Todd & C. Storm (Eds.), The complete systemic supervisor: Context, philosophy, and pragmatics, 2nd ed., (pp. 166-185). Chichester: Wiley. (Suggested reading: pp. 166-170.)
Reiner, P. (2017). Training psychodynamic family therapists. In J. Lebow, A. Chambers, & D. Breunlin (Eds.), Encyclopedia of couple and family therapy, (DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_665-1). Springer International Publishing AG.
Ringstrom, P. (2018). Relational psychoanalytic perspective on couples psychotherapy. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 38(5), 399-408.
Scarf, M. (1986a). Intimate partners: Patterns in love and marriage (Part 1). Atlantic Monthly, Nov., 45-51, 91-93.
Scarf, M. (1986b). Intimate partners: Patterns in love and marriage (Part 2). Atlantic Monthly, Dec., 66-76.
Scharff, D. (1996). The major trends in object relations theory and practice. In D. Scharff (Selected and integrated) Object relations theory and practice: An introduction (pp. 1-23). Northvale, NJ: J. Aronson.
Scharff, D., & de Varela, Y. (2006). A clinical introduction to couple therapy. In J. Scharff & D. Scharff (Eds.), New paradigms for treating relationships, (pp. 43-50). Lanham, MD: J. Aronson.
Sevier, M., Brew, L., & Yi, J. (2016). Cultural considerations in evidence-based couples
therapy. In E. Lawrence & K. Sullivan (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of relationship
science and couple interventions, (pp. 225-240). Oxford University Press.
Trop, J. (1996). An intersubjective perspective of countertransference in couples therapy. In M. Soloman & J. Siegel, Eds., Countertransference in couples therapy, (pp. 99-109). NY: Norton.
Wachtel, E. F. (2017). The heart of couple therapy: Knowing what to do and how to do it. NY: Guilford.