Couple Therapy in the Shadow of Trauma: Enhancing Emotional

Program Information


A Day with Heather MacIntosh, Ph.D.
Panel Discussion by Richard Chefetz, M.D. and Charles McCormack, M.S.W.

Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, 9AM-5PM

CE/CME continuing education

6 credit hours


(Event is full, contact the office for waitlist)

Regular fee $200

Current WSP Member $160

Current WSP Student $75

At the Washington School of Psychiatry, 5028 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC 20016

For your comfort, remember to bring a sweater or to dress with layers. 


Even the most season couple therapist can feel de-skilled when working with a couple in which one or both partners have a history of complex trauma and loss. Please join us as we welcome McGill University’s Heather MacIntosh, Ph.D. – a psychoanalyst, couple psychotherapist and expert on treating trauma survivors in couple psychotherapy. Joined by trauma experts Richard Chefetz, M.D. and Charles McCormack, M.S.W., Dr. MacIntosh will present a method of couple psychotherapy that combines psychoanalytic theory with skill-based, trauma-informed practice. 


Heather MacIntosh, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Director of the MScA Couple and Family Therapy Programme at McGill University. She is the recipient of the H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching. In 2019 she released her new book -- Developmental Couple Therapy for Complex Trauma: A Manual for Therapists (Routledge Press), which outlines a psychoanalytically informed, evidence based treatment model for working with couples dealing with the impacts of complex trauma. Dr. MacIntosh has authored numerous articles and chapters that focus on trauma and couple therapy.

Richard A. Chefetz, M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice in Washington, D.C. He was President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (2002-3), Co-Founder and Chair of their Dissociative Disorders Psychotherapy Training Program (2000-8), and is a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology. He is also a faculty member at the Washington School of Psychiatry, the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis, and the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis. He is a Certified Consultant at the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and is trained in Level I and II EMDR. Dr. Chefetz was editor of “Dissociative Disorders: An Expanding Window into the Psychobiology of Mind” for the Psychiatric Clinics of North America, March 2006, “Neuroscientific and Therapeutic Advances in Dissociative Disorders,” Psychiatric Annals, August 2005, and “Multimodal Treatment of Complex Dissociative Disorders,” Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 20:2, 2000, as well as numerous journal articles on psychoanalytic perspectives on trauma and dissociation. In 2015 he published Intensive Psychotherapy for Persistent Dissociative Process: The Fear of Feeling Real, for W.W. Norton’s Interpersonal Neurobiology series.

Charles McCormack, MA, MSW, LCSW-C is the former Senior Social Worker of Sheppard-Pratt Hospital’s Adult Long-Term Inpatient Services, the author of Treating Borderline States in Marriage: Dealing with Oppositionalism, Ruthless Aggression, and Severe Resistance, and of As Happy as I Can Stand, the 3rd edition of Hatching Charlie, McCormack’s autobiography used to illustrate the impact of a cratered childhood on adult development.

Conference Objectives

At the completion of the conference participants will be able to:

  • List two potential impacts of experiences of childhood trauma on couple relationships;
  • Enumerate two challenges that trauma survivors experience within the couple therapy context;
  • Describe the rationale for and basic structure of the model: Developmental Couple Therapy for Complex Trauma (DCTCT);
  • Apply at least two structured interventions from the DCTCT model to presented case material.



Cancellations and Refunds

Refunds will be made for cancellations received at the School office in writing at least 10 days before the seminar date and are subject to a non-refundable administrative fee of $50.

Who should attend?

The workshop is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, physicians, medical students, and other graduate students.


The Washington School of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Washington School of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The School is approved by the Social Work Board of the State of Maryland as a provider of continuing education for social workers in DC, MD, VA and WV.

The Washington School of Psychiatry has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6388. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Washington School of Psychiatry is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

The School is accredited by MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School designates each session for a maximum of 6_ AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Commercial Support and the Unlabeled use of a commercial product. No member of the planning committee and no member of the faculty for this event have a financial interest or other relationship with any commercial product.