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Scharff, J.S. Sehon, C. (2016). “Couple, Child and Family Therapy: Links from Theory to Clinical Practice”: International Psychotherapy Institute and University of the Aegean Summer School, 8-11 July, 2015, Rhodes, Greece. Cpl. Fam. Psychoanal., 6(1):132-133.

(2016). Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, 6(1):132-133


“Couple, Child and Family Therapy: Links from Theory to Clinical Practice”: International Psychotherapy Institute and University of the Aegean Summer School, 8-11 July, 2015, Rhodes, Greece

Jill Savege Scharff, M.D. and Caroline Sehon, M.D.

At a summer school “Couple, Child and Family Therapy: Links from Theory to Clinical Practice” co-organised by the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) and the Department of Primary Education at the University of the Aegean, participants gathered from Greece, the US, Canada, Israel, Australia, and South Africa to study together in Rhodes. Led by David Scharff and Anastasia Tsamparli, the meeting featured presentations by Greek and American child psychotherapists, couple and family therapists, and child analysts. David Scharff gave a theoretical and clinical introduction to object relations couple, child, and family therapy to set the base on which the presenters built their talks. Janine Wanlass, Director of IPI, taught assessment of families and couples. Ionas Sapountzis, a Greek-American psychologist returning to his homeland, shared his Winnicottian approach to children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Following her interest in field theory, Caroline Sehon gave a talk on decoding the links in families with psychosomatic difficulty. Jim Poulton of IPI-Salt Lake City gave a literature review of the concept of narcissism and illustrated its destructive effects in couple relationships. Greek colleague, Dimitri Kyriazis, elaborated on the destructive psychotic links in couples and families.

Jill Scharff outlined the history of the development of the concept of projective identification and why she has found it helpful in working with couples and families. Vali Maduro, former Chair of the Couple, Child and Family Program at IPI, took the concept of projective identification to the arena of the family where couples may project into their children. Norma Caruso addressed issues of sexuality and intimacy in couple therapy. In a related, but very different presentation, the summer institute host Anastasia Tsamparli spoke of the negotiation of sexual desire and the analytic third in couples. Dimitris Anassopoulos intrigued us with a highly complex paper on the analyst's contribution to the intersubjective process.

We understood in discussions with our Greek colleagues that the economic situation is extremely uncertain. Many of them had lost patients that week and thought of cancelling because of the crisis, but they came.

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