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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Psychodynamic Couples Therapy: Hope and Transformation

Possibly one of the least discussed and understood areas of psychodynamic treatment is the work of couple's therapy. The Asociation for Psychoanalytic Thought of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute presents a day-long program focusing on this important therapeutic endeavor.

Our featured speaker, Kenneth I. Reich, Ed.D. will present both clinical material and his paper on the role of hope in the potential for transformation in a couple's therapy. Additionally he will pay particular attention to the process of evaluation of a couple for therapy, with emphasis on the first meeting. Throughout his presentation, Dr. Reich welcomes questions andcomments.

A case presentation by Elaine Zaks, M.S.W., will also emphasize the evaluation process she utilizes in the first several meetings with a couple. ThIs case will then be followed for approximately 3 years, and then after termination, a family trauma brought them back into therapy. Ms. Zaks' interventions and understanding of the case material will be emphasized.

Finally, our discussant, Mark Zeigler, Ph.D., will provide his thoughts and insights into the couple's treatment, as provided by Ms. Zaks, based on his extensive background in couples therapy which began almost 30 years ago and includes clinical, supervisory, and teaching experience related to couples treatment.

About the presenters:

Kenneth I. Reich, Ed.D. is an internationally known speaker on couples therapy, having presented numerous papers in Russia, Israel, Turkey, and Canada, in addition to his presentations throughout this country. Dr. Reich is a psychoanalyst trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis where he is currently a supervising analyst and faculty member. Additionally, he is president of the Psychoanalytic Couple and Family Institute of New England, clinical instructor in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and co-director and founder of the Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists. Dr. Reich maintains a psychoanalytic and psychodynamic private practice for adults in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Elaine Zaks, M.S.W., has extensive experience in therapeutic work with couples, including her experience as a faculty member of the University of Michigan’s Center for the Child and Family where she supervised doctoral and post-doctoral candidates in couple and family therapy, developed the family theory and therapy curriculum at the Detroit Psychiatric Institute, and has served on the adjunct faculty of the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work where she has taught both basic and advanced courses in family theory and therapy. Ms. Zaks has maintained a private practice, specializing in individual and couples therapy, in Royal Oak since 1987.

Mark E. Ziegler, Ph.D. is a graduate of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and is board certified in adult psychoanalysis. His interest in treating couples spans three decades and began with his work with hospitalized psychiatric patients and their spouses. Since then he has taught courses on the conjoint assessment and treatment of couples, provided clinical supervision for dozens of professionals interested in developing their treatment skills with couples. He serves on the faculty of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and is a faculty member of both the University of Michigan Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology. Dr. Ziegler maintains a private practice in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy for individuals and couples in his Ann Arbor office.

Saturday, September 30, 2006
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Wayne State University – Oakland Center
33737 West 12 Mile Road,
Farmington Hills, Michigan 48331
(just west of Farmington Road)