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Family and Couple Psychoanalysis: A Global Perspective
Scharff, David E. and Elizabeth Palacios (Eds)
Routledge / Karnac Books / Softcover / 2017-01-01 / 178220508X
Psychoanalysis / Couple & Family Studies
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320 pages
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This book explores family interaction and family psychoanalysis from varying standpoints used around the world. It illustrates these with extensive clinical cases discussed from varying perspectives. The book is the first in a series of volumes from the International Psychoanalytical Association’s Working Group on Family and Couple Psychoanalysis, drawn from its ongoing research into comparative theories and methods of working analytically with families and couples, and with varying types of family structure. It also applies lessons from family psychoanalysis to analytic theory and to the practice of individual psychoanalysis.

Reviews and Endorsements:

"The presentations in this book provide us with a detailed and engaging experience of the therapeutic process. They push us to widen our horizons, develop our reflexive muscle, check our omnipotence, and increase our capacity to bear uncertainty, even - and especially - when this threatens to tread uncomfortably on the dream-like stories that we might be tempted to weave to cope with the unbearable realities that are often part and parcel of the work we do. Here is a book that links us to ourselves as well as to global perspectives on couple and family psychoanalysis, one that exposes us to the new and unfamiliar as much as to what we think we know. It is a book that unites us in a shared appreciation of what it means to be human and in the value of striving to promote the best of humanity."
- Christopher Clulow, for the Series Editor's Foreword

"An important aspect to be mentioned regarding this extremely stimulating text is its potential function as a proactive generator of new ideas feeding back into the classical psychoanalytic theory it comes from. This book can rightfully be considered a 'foundational contribution' to the study of family and couple psychoanalysis. A great scientific achievement for the psychoanalytic movement, and a great help for both practitioners and patients."
- Stefano Bolognini, President of the International Psychoanalytical Association; from the Preface

"By gathering together a variety of theoretical concepts, as well as clinical cases of couple and family psychoanalysis from around the world, this book will become an essential text for all psychoanalysts and psychotherapists. Offering an ideal of excellence in this widened practice of contemporary psychoanalysis, it will be met with interest by all those who appreciate and are involved in this area of human knowledge."
- Valentin Barenblit, Honorary Professor, Buenos Aires University; Founder and Honorary President of IPSI, Barcelona

Table of Contents:

About the Editors and Contributors
Series Editor’s Foreword—Christopher Clulow
Preface—Stefano Bolognini

Part I: Introduction: Theoretical and Clinical Approaches to Family and Couple Psychoanalysis Around the World

1) Theoretical diversity in family and couple psychoanalysis around the world—David E. Scharff and Elizabeth Palacios

2) Brief introductions to theoretical and clinical approaches around the world
• An Argentine approach to family therapy—Elizabeth Palacios
• A Brazilian approach: clinical foundations of couple and family link psychoanalysis—Lia Rachel Colussi Cypel
• Contributions from British object relations—David E. Scharff
• The Tavistock relationships’ object relations approach to couple relationships: past, present, and future—Mary Morgan
• The Italian approach to family and couple therapy—Anna Maria Nicolò and Diana Norsa
• Couple and family psychoanalysis in Oceania: history, influences, and development—Timothy Keogh
• Couple and family psychoanalysis in China and Taiwan—David E. Scharff

3) Pichon Rivière and the theory of the link—Roberto Losso

4) The link and its interferences—Isidoro Berenstein

Part II: Case Examples and Discussion

5) Contributions to the link perspective in interventions with families: theoretical and technical aspects, and clinical application—Elizabeth Palacios and Alicia Monserrat
• Discussion by Janine Puget
• Discussion by Monica Vorchheimer

6) A couple case seen at Tavistock Relationships—Mary Morgan
• Discussion by Lia Rachel Colussi Cypel, Eliana Riberti Nazareth, and Susanna Muszkat 96
• Discussion by Diana Norsa

7) Parental couple therapy—Daniela Lucarelli and Gabriela Tavazza
• Discussion by Anna Maria Nicolò
• Discussion by David E. Scharff
• Discussion by Timothy Keogh

8) A complex couple case—Barbara Bianchini
• Discussion by Elizabeth Palacios
• Discussion by Karen Proner

9) Trauma and early enactment in couple therapy—Félix Velasco Alva and Delia de la Cerda Aldape
• Discussion by Jill Savege Scharff
• Discussion by Lin Tao
• Discussion by Caroline Sehon

10) Treating the family ramifications of sexual difficulty—David E. Scharff
• Discussion by Julio Moreno
• Bion’s Grid and the selected fact: a commentary on David E. Scharff’s mid-phase session of family psychoanalysis—Timothy Keogh

11) A journey from blame to empathy in a family assessment of a mother and her sons—John Zinner with discussion by Jill Savege Scharff and Yolanda Varela

12) To fulfil from within what was built from around—Hanni Mann-Shalvi
• Discussion by Karen Proner

13) Dora and Carlo—Diana Norsa
• Discussion by Lia Rachel Colussi Cypel and Susana Muszkat

14) Now you see us, now you don’t: dealing with resistance in episodic couple treatment—Janine Wanlass
• Discussion by Mary Morgan

Epilogue—Elizabeth Palacios and David E. Scharff

About the Editors:

David E. Scharff MD is Chair of the International Psychoanalytical Association’s Committee on Family and Couple Psychoanalysis; Chair of the Board, Founder and former Director of the the International Psychotherapy Institute, Washington, DC; and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in China, and author and editor of numerous books and articles, including The Sexual Relationship, Object Relations Family Therapy (with Jill Savege Scharff), Object Relations Couple Therapy, The Interpersonal Unconscious, and Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy.

Elizabeth Palacios MD is a psychiatrist, adult and child psychoanalyst, and a member of the Child and Adolescent Department in APM (The Psychoanalytic Association of Madrid). She trained in Argentina and Spain in Madrid’s Psychoanalytical Association, and is a member of the IPA’s Committee on Family and Couple Psychoanalysis. She is also the founder, president, professor, and supervising analyst in Aragon’s Society for the Research of Child and Adolescent Psychic Life, and a member of the Spanish Federation of Associations of Psychotherapists. She has published several books and papers on child and adolescent psychoanalysis, and is currently in private practice in Zaragoza, Spain.

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