What training for the couple and family psychotherapist?

Journal title INTERAZIONI
Author/s Anna Maria Nicolò
Publishing Year 2023 Issue 2023/2
Language Italian Pages 9 P. 49-57 File size 166 KB
DOI 10.3280/INT2023-002005
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Clinical work with couples and families has highlighted the need to consider that the unconscious is not only individual but there is also an interpersonal level of its function-ing. It is an unconscious characterized by multiple coexisting levels where primitive mechanisms carry inter- and transgenerational traumas, brute elements that have never been verbalized and that contribute to the formation of the bond between family mem-bers and in the parental couple over time. The psychoanalyst working in these settings must therefore pay attention to both the functioning of the individual mind and that of the family group mind. An individual training will then form the basis that must be com-pleted by specific training on the couple and the family, which are not just groups but phantasmatic organizations. The therapeutic relationship in these settings requires a great deal of emotional work for the clinician who is not only an object of transference but is also a member of the group who occupies a precise relational place in the system. He will inevitably understand the family in the setting thanks to the internal family he carries within him and a job at this level will be an important clinical tool.

Keywords: couple and family analyst training, individual and interpersonal unconscious, link, transpersonal defences

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Anna Maria Nicolò, Quale formazione per lo psicoterapeuta di coppia e famiglia? in "INTERAZIONI" 2/2023, pp 49-57, DOI: 10.3280/INT2023-002005