The “Present” in Couples Therapy with Mary-Joan Gerson at WCSPP

Couples Therapy Workshop 3 CE Hours for NYS LCSW’s, LMSW’s, LP’s and LMFT’s
THE “PRESENT” IN COUPLES THERAPY: MOMENTS OF TRANSFORMATION Speaker: Mary-Joan Gerson, Ph.D. Discussant: Mark Finn, Ph.D.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Admission (before Oct.16): $40, Admission with 3 CE Hours (before Oct.16): $50, Admission (after Oct.16 or at the door): $50, Admission with 3 CE Hours (after Oct.16 or at the door): $60

Community Unitarian Church 468 Rosedale Avenue White Plains, NY 10605 Continental breakfast included
* Please make your check payable to WCSPP and send to: WCSPP, 468 Rosedale Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605
Refunds: Admission, minus a $20 administrative fee, will be refunded with 48-hours’ notice to Jennifer Sestok at 914-997-7500 or

This presentation offers a view of couples therapy focused on crucial “moments” of engagement and transformation. From an integrated psychoanalytic, systemic and attachment theory perspective, and drawing on the work of the Boston Change Process Group, specific “moments” in couples therapy will be highlighted. Issues of therapeutic participation, transference and countertransference will be addressed from this triadic theoretical perspective.

Mary-Joan Gerson, Ph.D., ABPP, is a faculty member and supervisor and has served as Director of the Advanced Specialization in Couple and Family Therapy at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is the Founding President of Section 8, Couple and Family Therapy of Division 39 (APA) and is a supervisor at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies and a faculty member at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. In addition to over 50 presentations and publications on couples therapy, she is the author of The Embedded Self: A Psychodynamic and Systemic Perspective on Couple and Family Therapy, 2nd edition, Routledge, 2009.

Mark Finn, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. He is on the faculty of the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He taught family therapy for many years at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and at North Central Bronx Hospital. He was an original member of the Gender and Depression Project at the Ackerman Institute for the Family.


Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy is recognized by New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider for Continuing Education for Licensed Clinical Social Workers #0063, Licensed Psychoanalysts # P-0027, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0040.

The participant will:
1. be able to identify how psychoanalytic, systemic and attachment theory are integrated.
2. be able to contrast “moments” in individual psychotherapy as defined by the Boston Change Process Group with critical moments in couples therapy.
3. discuss two new interventions in work with couples.

Social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, licensed psychoanalysts, mental health counselors and family and marriage/couple counselors

Attendance at the above workshop does not constitute training, certification or licensure to practice marriage and family therapy.

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