Couple Therapy Workshop

Relationship Issues, Developmental Conflicts & Self-esteem in Mid-Life

People seek relationships in mid-life due to divorce, loss of spouse, partner break up or having no experience with a long term partner. This workshop clarifies developmental levels and conflicts, underlying issues of self-esteem, gender comfort, trust, regressive versus progressive pulls, openess to new experiences, and their relevance to our therapeutic work with adult individuals wishing to form a relationship. It is illustrated via screening the story of a woman in mid-life brilliantly portrayed By Paulina Garcia.

Best Foreign Film Nomination Academy Awards (2014)

Best Foreign Film Nomination Academy Awards (2014)


Three hours CEU credit for Social Workers

Participants will be able to: 

1. Discriminate early developmental conflicts from mid life age relevant developmental issues (Brok, 2017)
2. Distinguish manifestations of the repetition compulsion from wisdom based involvement
3. Recognize clinically the difference between transitional from transformational relationships
4. Define the concept of "third Individuation" as part of Adult development (Brok, 2017)Best Foreign Film Nomination Academy Awards (2014)


Chair: Albert J. Brok, PhD, CGP
Discussants: Ellen Gussaroff, PhD, LCSW & Bill Fried, PhD, FIPA

Saturday, March 18, 2017
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
115 West 27th St., 4th Fl.
New York, NY 10001

$45 professionals
$20 Students/Candidates with ID

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To pay by phone, please call (212) 627-8181


Albert Brok, PhD, CGP: Dr. Brok is the Director of Group and Couple Therapy training at TIMH and is on the Board of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association and Past President of Section I and Chair Film and International Committee  Dr Brok has co-authored four books and published numerous articles.  His most recent publication is on Psychodynamic Couple Counseling in Reiter and Chanile (eds), Behavioral, Humanistic-Existential, and Psychodynamic Approaches to Couples Counseling, Routledge, 2017 (in press).  

Ellen Gussaroff, PhD, LCSW: Dr Gussaroff is Co-Director, Couple Training Program TIMH, and former Adjunct Professor of Social Work at Fordham University.  She has presented internationally in Norway, Madrid, Prague and Buenos Aires. She is a member of Section I, International Committee, Division of Psychoanalysis, American Psychological Association. Her most recent work has been On “the Silent Mother”, IPA, Prague, Czech Republic, 2013 and on the implications for intimacy in modern technological times, exemplified by the Film “HER” which she presented at the IPA, Boston, Ma. 2015.

William Fried, PhD, FIPA; William Fried is a clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst, photographer, educator, author, and editor. He practices in New York City. Until 2000, he was the associate director of psychiatry residency training and the director of training and education at the Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. In 2000 the Association for Academic Psychiatry named him Teacher of the Year. He has been president of  Section I (Psychoanalyst Practitioners) of the Division of Psychoanalysis, American Psychological Association and is a contributing editor of the DIVISION|Review, responsible for the Reminiscence feature.  His new book, Critical Flicker Fusion: Psychoanalysis at the Movies, is published by Karnac. (2017)

Program is in Collaboration with Section I, Division of Psychoanalysis, APA. For information, contact Albert Brok, PhD, Program Chair at or (212) 580-3086