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Couples and Relationship Therapy: What are we really doing here? With Carita Anderson, PhD; Approved for 3 CEs

  • March 22, 2024
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • zoom


Please join us for our Friday March 22 CE event on zoom! We are excited to welcome Dr. Carita Anderson as the instructor for this event which is applicable for licensed clinicians at any level of experience with couples and relationship therapy. Investment: Members: $90 Non Members: $140

Please note the registration for this event is not through the PPC website. 

This event has been approved for APA CE co-sponsorship and registration is available at the link below:

Couples and Relationship Therapy: What are we really doing here?

Psychotherapy with more than one person in the chair facing you can be a daunting experience for many therapists. Many of us were taught that couples therapy is “like individual therapy with the partner watching.” Join us to be introduced to a few of the current modalities that go beyond that framework, and move much more into the balancing act between attuning to each individual and attuning to the attachment dynamics between them.

Learning Objectives: 

1) Participants will be able to describe the impact of attending to the relationship dynamics between partners rather than chasing content;

2)   Participants will be able to identify unifying principles that help couples therapy move forward, regardless of the modality used; and

3)   Participants will be able to identify three strategies that they can use when they find themselves stuck in a case

Instructor Bio: 

Carita Anderson, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and owner of the Boston Center for Couples and Sexuality in Arlington, MA.  The clinicians there see individuals, couples, multi-partner systems, as well as family member units. She is a proud graduate of Wellesley College, University of Michigan Psychology Doctoral program (#GOBLUE), and The University of Minnesota Institute for Sexual and Gender Health.


9-930: Introduction and goals of relationship and couples therapy –Dynamics vs. content

930-1015: Differences and similarities among couples therapy approaches

1015-1030 break 

1030-10:45 Person of the therapist in couples therapy

1045-1130 Neurobiology and attachment

1130-12 Discussion and Q and A

Investment: Members: $90 Non Members: $140 


Eldridge, K., Mason, J., & Christensen, A. (2022). Client perceptions of the most and least helpful aspects of couple therapy. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 21(3), 277-303.

Ganz, M. B., Rasmussen, H. F., McDougall, T. V., Corner, G. W., Black, T. T., & De Los Santos, H. F. (2022). Emotionally focused couple therapy within VA healthcare: Reductions in relationship distress, PTSD, and depressive symptoms as a function of attachment-based couple treatment. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 11(1), 15.

Kaslow, N. J., & Graves, C. C. (2021). COVID-19’s extraordinary impact on couples and families. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 10(3), 145.

Fern, J. (2023). Polywise: A Deeper Dive into Navigating Open Relationships. Scribe Publications Pty Limited

Gottman, J., &Gottman, J.S. (2018). Eight Dates: Essential Conversations For a Lifetime of Love. Workman Publishing Company

This presentation is developed for licensed behavioral health clinicians in private practice and  is suitable for a beginning level in the subject matter.

There is no known commercial support nor conflict of interest for this program.

It is the participant's responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state. All CE policies can be found on registration page. 

Grievance Policy
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Accommodations for Disabilities

Events hosted by the PPC are held at facilities that are compliant with ADA and accessible to people with disabilities. 

Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact the Private Practice Colloquium at

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation of your registration with full refund can be done up to 7 days before the event. Simply log in to your website registration to manually cancel or send an email requesting to cancel to Refunds are returned to the original payment method. 

A Note for language clarification: CE versus CEU

The term Continuing Education Unit (CEU) should not be used to refer to credits earned from APA-approved organizations. CE credit for psychologists is granted on a one credit per one contact hour basis; CEU, on the other hand, grants one CEU for every ten contact hours.



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