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Couple Therapy: An Overview

Dr Lea Crisante

Relationship issues are a common presenting problem for psychotherapists. Some therapists work with the individual, while others work primarily with the couple. Such practices occur in a context in which formal training in couple therapy is difficult to access. This presentation is concerned with providing an overview of practical and theoretical considerations in the practice of couple therapy with both parties present. It will draw on a range of perspectives including family life stage development, systems and psychodynamic theories to conceptualise relationship issues.

Master of Medicine and (Psychotherapy); Master of Science in Medicine (Psychotherapy)
Psychotherapy Think Tank / Grand Rounds
Mental Health Sciences Centre,
Building 112, Cumberland Hospital. NSW, Australia
To be Recorded: 03 May 2012

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Dr Lea Crisante

Dr. Lea Crisante is a Clinical Psychologist with many years experience working in mental health as a practitioner, lecturer and supervisor.  Her training has been in diverse areas including cognitive behaviour therapy, behavioural family interventions, systemic family therapy, marital therapy and the treatment of anxiety in children and adolescents.  Dr. Crisante has presented many papers and conducted training overseas and in Australia, as well as taught in several post-graduate programmes at universities in Sydney. Her transcultural work began with the introduction of multicultural mental programmes in the health sector and includes work at the NSW Transcultural Mental Health Centre, where she currently provides external supervision for sessional practitioners.  In research for her PhD., she investigated parenting interventions with parents from Chinese, Pacific Island and Arabic backgrounds.  Dr. Crisante has been given a national award for innovation in practice for her cross-cultural supervision programme.  In 2007, she was invited to teach family therapy in a number of universities in Iran. 

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