This workshop considers developmental conflicts, underlying issues of self-esteem, gender comfort, trust, regressive versus progressive pulls, openness to new experiences, and their relevance to our therapeutic work with individuals who are in a relationship. The significance of the style of interest in one's partner as a sustaining or devolving force in a relationship is considered in terms of the differential impact of tolerating, accepting, liking, or involvement with a partner's interests. We will also discuss the impact of interest styles on the quality of an evolving relationship in terms clinical issues that emerge in couple therapy.

4 CE’s for NYS Social Workers

Registrants will be able to clinically identify and/or define;

1. Differences between toleration, acceptance, liking, and involving oneself with one's partner.
2. Clinical manifestations of sense of self and secure identity as a function of various levels of interest in each other between partners.
3. The role of mutual sense of interest in establishing a secure balance in ongoing relationships.
4. Distinguish between parallel, transitional and transformational relationship styles.
5. Describe the difference between relationships based on recognition of the other as a subject and the other as an object.

Chair & presenter: Albert J. Brok, PhD, CGP
Discussant: Ellen Gussaroff, PhD, with participation of TI Faculty

9:30AM - 10:00AM     Registration 
10:00AM - 10:30AM   Welcome and introduction to theme
10:30AM - 12:15PM   Screening of "Puzzle"
12:15PM  - 1:15PM     Lunch 
1:30PM - 3:00PM       Presentations/ Discussion of themes Summary/Conclusions

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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, American Psychological Association and Past President of Section I and Chair Film and International Committee APA. He is a member of the commission on film, Argentine Psychoanalytic Association, Buenos Aires and Guest Lecturer Asociación Psicoanalítica de Madrid. Dr Brok has co-authored five books and published numerous articles in English and Spanish. His most recent publications are Psychodynamic Couple Counseling, in Reiter and Chanile (eds), Behavioral, Humanistic-Existential, and Psychodynamic Approaches to Couples Counseling, Routledge, 2017, and The Lost Father and Regressive Desirein Almodovar's "Talk to Her", in A. Kramer-Richards and Lucille Spira (Edts), Pedro Almodovar: A Cinema of Desire, Passion and Compulsion, IP Books, NY 2018.

Ellen Gussaroff, PhD, LCSW: Dr Gussaroff is Director of Supervision training and advanced studies Couple Therapy 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.