1.5 Continuing Education Credits

Distressed couples typically enter our offices experiencing a great deal of pain and confusion. They are beset by a complex amalgam of dynamics that they often don’t understand: underlying personal conflicts, projections and projective identification, divergent subjective experiences, and an extraordinary need for acceptance and love. While analytic therapists already have rich therapeutic resources that can help couples better understand and improve their relationship, recent human laboratory advances by researchers have proven helpful in further enriching our understanding and treatment of the surprising biological and psychophysiologic dynamics that underlie marital discord, friendship, and love.

1. Identify how gender affects autonomic arousal in marital/couple conflict.
2. List the components of the “core triad of balance” and how they affect partners’ intrapsychic experience.
3. Discuss the nature and function of repair behaviors in soothing and regulating marital/couple upset and distress.


Peter G. Erickson, Ph.D. is a psychologist in private practice in Providence, Rhode Island and  former president of the Rhode Island Psychological Association. He has served on the Board of the Coalition of Mental Health Professionals in Rhode Island and as a representative on the R.I. Blue Cross/Blue Shield Mental Health/Substance Abuse and Patient Centered Medical Home Advisory Committees. He supervises psychology and psychiatry residents at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine and has completed training for the Gottman method of Marital Therapy.


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Date(s) - November 18, 2020
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Online bookings are not available for this event.

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