Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy with Graciela Abelin-Sas Rose, M.D. & Peter Mezan, Ph.D. at NYPSI

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NYPSI EXTENSION PROGRAM: Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy with Graciela Abelin-Sas Rose, M.D. & Peter Mezan, Ph.D.

Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy Graciela Abelin-Sas Rose, M.D. & Peter Mezan, Ph.D. 3/7, 3/14, 3/21/2019 Thursdays, 8:00 – 9:30 pm 3 classes  /  $90
Location: 247 East 82nd Street, NYC Register Today

NYPSI Extension Program: Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy
This course will present results of an ongoing collaborative research by two analysts working in two different modalities – individual and couple. The comparison of the dynamics in the two settings reveals many new issues and questions. For instance: Is there an unconscious organization of the couple distinct from the unconscious organizations of the individuals in it? What are the differences between the individual’s transferences to the analyst and to the patient’s partner? How much can the analyst know about the patient’s partner? At every meeting the instructors will present clinical material illustrating these and other issues.

4.5 CME/CE credits offered

Graciela Abelin-Sas Rose, MD is a member of the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute; of the Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine and of CAPS. She founded and chaired the New York Psychoanalytic Institute’s Colloquium with Visiting Authors, where members of diverse schools of thought were invited to present their psychoanalytic perspectives. She served as the Foreign Editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychoanalysis. She is in private practice and conducts private seminars and supervisions. Besides being guest lecturer at American and International institutions she has written reviews and essays on the work of various authors as well as publications of her own work, such as: “To Mother or Not to Mother: Abortion and its Challenges” (1993); “Discovering One’s Own Responsibility in a Judgmental System” (1996); “The Headless Woman: Scheherazade’s Syndrome” (1997); “The First Interview: From Psychopathology to Psychoexistential Diagnosis” (1999); “The Internal Interlocutor” (2001); “Malignant Passionate Attachments” (2004); “Implicit theories of the psychoanalyst about femininity” (2008); “The perilous road to hope” (2009); “Coupledom” (2010); “The Synergizing potential of Individual and Couple Treatments” (2011) with Peter Mezan, PhD; “Is there an unconscious organization of the couple, and if so, how does it come into being?” with Peter Mezan, PhD (2012); “What can we know about our patient’s partner?” with Peter Mezan, PhD (2012). She has been the co-editor, with Leticia Glocer Fiorini of “Freud’s Femininity” a book edited in 2010 by the IPA under the Contemporary Freud Series. Her chapter in that book: “Are women still at risk of being misunderstood?”

Peter Mezan, PhD is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. Earlier in his career he was Senior Psychologist and psychotherapy supervisor at North Central Bronx Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Mezan was educated at Harvard College, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Graduate School, Cambridge University, and The City University of New York. While at Harvard, he worked with inner city adolescent gangs under the supervision of Erik Erikson. In London, where he lived for many years, he worked with R.D. Laing and, as a freelance journalist, introduced Laing to the American public in cover articles in major American magazines and contributions to several books. Dr. Mezan was a lecturer on family systems in Laing’s Philadelphia Association. He was also Supervisor in Renaissance English literature and modern American poetry at Christ’s College, Cambridge, and an editor at Nature, the British science journal. In collaboration with Dr. Graciela Abelin-Sas Rose, he has given numerous papers at major psychoanalytic conferences around the world on the psychoanalysis of couples. They are currently collaborating on a book on that subject.

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Identify the psychoanalytic principles underlying the unconscious structure and dynamics of a couple.

2. Evaluate the beneficial effects of concurrent individual and couple treatments.
3. Distinguish between the unconscious organization of the individual and the unconscious organization of the couple.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of (4.5) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Important disclosure information for all learners

None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.


New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education programs for psychologists. New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


None of the planners or presenters of this CE program has any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Social Workers

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0317.

Persons with disabilities

The building is wheelchair accessible and has an elevator. Please notify the registrar in advance if you require accommodations.


247 East 82nd Street, NY, NY 10028 | 212.879.6900 |

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