Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Training Psychodynamic Family Therapists

  • Peter ReinerEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_665

Introduction

A psychodynamic approach to family therapy, derived from psychoanalytic theory and practice, focuses on the interactions of mind, body, and environment with a specific emphasis on the interplay among an individual’s unconscious internal (intrapsychic) experience, conflicts, structures, and processes. Of central interest, too, is the manner in which this intrapsychic interplay shapes, and is shaped by, present-day interpersonal experiences with family members, family therapists, and others. Psychodynamic family therapists are trained to consider psychodynamic and systemic theories simultaneously in their formulations of family dynamics – thus to unite the intrapsychic and the interpersonal – resulting in an integrated conceptual model. This guides clinical practice with families, which uses interventions and techniques characteristically associated with this amalgam.

The training of psychodynamic family therapists generally includes the following:
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    Learning the theory...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Northwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineChicagoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Thorana Nelson
    • 1
  1. 1.Utah State UniversitySanta FeUSA