Couples & Sex Therapy Training Program

Part I: Inter-Analytic Couples Therapy (IACT)


January, 2023

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Part I: Inter-Analytic Couples Therapy (IACT) is offered to all mental health professionals, and is designed to incorporate multiple instructional levels (introductory, intermediate and advanced). IACT incorporates Interpersonal Neurobiology into the treatment of couples at four levels of couple interaction: Conflict/Communication, Closeness, Transference, and Attachment/Intersubjectivity. The first segment of each class is a lecture with a Power Point slideshow, and the second segment focuses on clinical application, which includes demonstrations and role plays. There is also assigned reading and case consultation with instructors.

Learning Objectives

This course is designed to help participants:

1. Identify four areas that a skilled couples therapist and a skilled sex therapist share competency.

2. Name four reasons that justify integrating couple’s therapy and sex therapy into one profession.

3. Discuss the importance of integrating both verbal/explicit and nonverbal/implicit content in clinical work with couples.

4. Assess affect regulation skills and regulatory style of each member of a couple.

5. Apply five affect regulation skills to clinical work.

6. Identify five concepts and/or techniques of psychoanalytic/psychodynamic theory and an interpersonal model of couple therapy to clinical work.

7. Match four difficult issues in couples therapy with effective interventions.

8. Discuss how cultural diversity affects all clinicians.

9. Provide at least three components of a personal action plan for providing culturally competent treatment.

10. Demonstrate couples therapy skills in role playing triads.

Educational Goals:

1. Provide mental health professionals with techniques that effectively integrate couples therapy and sex therapy in a clinical practice.

2. Provide new competencies and knowledge to mental health professionals by presenting new research findings (i.e. interpersonal neurobiology, affect regulation, right brain psychotherapy) and integrate these findings into existing education, theoretical models, and clinical approaches to the field of couples and sex therapy.

3. Advance existing skills and competence in the field of couples and sex therapy to better equip mental health professionals to serve the needs of the public.

4. Promote research endeavors by mental health professionals in the field of couples and sex therapy in order to contribute to the discipline of psychology as a whole.

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