Psychodynamic Relationship Therapy in the 21st Century

Part-time advanced training in psychoanalytic couple, family and social therapy

From May 2020, the IPU Berlin will again be offering a part-time advanced training in psychoanalytic couple, family and social therapy. Within the framework of this advanced training, psychoanalytically influenced theory formations on the interpersonal dynamics of couples and families will be taken up and also related to today's more diverse family-like forms of relationship formation and cohabitation.

This point of view can also be applied successfully to interaction contexts in multi-person relationship systems, in and between social groups or institutions. In these forms of applied psychodynamic therapy, conscious and unconscious interpersonal processes play a central role, always embedded in special life situations and social contexts. Interpersonal relationship dynamics are characterized by unspoken desires, unresolved conflicts and unprocessed traumata as well as defense systems. It often has its roots in transgenerational assignments that already shape early parent-child relationships. Unconscious transmissions, expectations and delegations thus lead to blockages or collusions in family and couple relationships.

Psychoanalytic couple and family therapy takes up these aspects in the interplay of intra- and interpsychic relationship dynamics. It consists of the uncovering and changing work on unconscious and pre-conscious interpersonal conflicts, relationship patterns and defence structures which cause condition and maintain the symptoms of a family member or partner. These conflicts and relationship structures present themselves scenically in relational therapeutic situations and become tangible, recognisable and thus changeable for all family members or members of the informal/formal relationship network in their existence, effectiveness and interdependence. In the therapeutic process we activate and use the resources and potentials of the multi-person system.

In addition, a completed or ongoing psychoanalytic or depth-psychology based self-exploration must be proven or commenced with the beginning of the course (individual or group). An admission interview with one of the teachers is obligatory for participation in the advanced training. The further training meets the requirements of the Bundesverband Psychoanalytische Paar- und Familientherapie e.V. (BVPPF) and the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (EFPP).

Acclaimed scientists and well-known practitioners with many years of experience in the field of psychotherapy and psychoanalytic couple, family and social therapy are teachers in this training and are also available as supervisors. They come from different basic professions (medicine, psychology, social work, pedagogy, social pedagogy) and are active in various psychosocial and medical fields.

Target Audience

The training is aimed at practitioners in the fields of medicine, psychology/psychotherapy, social work and social pedagogy, curative education, gerontology, teachers and pastoral care professionals. In addition, to other academic professional groups working in psychosocial fields. Members of occupational groups such as health care, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech therapy can also be admitted to the advanced training in individual cases, if they fulfil the necessary requirements.

Structure of the Advanced Training

The curriculum covers a period of three years starting in May 2020 and comprises a total of twelve weekends, each with eight sessions of 90 minutes, Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition to theoretical seminars, each weekend includes theory-based reflections on the advisory and therapeutic work in casuistic-technical seminars (a total of 72 hours). In addition there is the professional family self-experience in the group (24 hours in total) on all weekends. The personal self-exploration (150 hours) and the supervision of the treatment cases (80 hours) take place outside the weekends with therapists or supervisors recognised by the organizer, usually within a group setting. This format has proven its worth and therefore the bringing together of participants for the groups is supported by the organizer.


Participants conclude the further training with the written documentation of a case and its presentation in the casuistic-technical seminar. Upon successful completion, a certificate recognised by the Bundesverband Psychoanalytische Paar- und Familientherapie (BVPPF) is issued. This entitles the holder to use the title "Psychoanalytic Couple, Family and Social Therapist" and to become a regular member of the BVPPF.

Estimated Financial Expenses for the Training

The costs for the training weekends at the IPU amount to a total of 4.200,00 € or € 3.000,00 € for participants in psychotherapeutic training (proof required). In addition, there are costs for the admission interview (80,00 €), supervision (90,00 €/hour, pro rata in the group) and, if necessary, psychoanalytical/deep psychological self-exploration. For the whole advanced training the expenditure including the supervision can be approx. 7.000,00 €. Please keep in mind that the costs will be higher, if the self-exploration still has to be completed.


Please send your application until March 31, 2020 to: fortbildung(at)

Cancellation must be made in writing until the end of the 14th day before the start of the event. Until then, you can cancel your participation free of charge and receive a full refund of the participation fees you have already paid. After the 14th day a refund is not possible. However, you can nominate a replacement person with the necessary qualifications to take your place.

Cancellation/change of dates on the part of the organizer:
The organizers have the right to specify dates and cancel events and are then obliged to refund the already paid fee proportionately. A change of speakers may be necessary and does not entitle the participant to withdraw from the contract.

We look forward to your participation!

Executive Board

Prof. Burkhard Brosig, M.D.
Dipl.-Psych. Joseph Kleinschnittger
Dipl.-Päd. Renate Querfurth
Prof. Ilka Quindeau, Ph.D.
Prof. Günter Reich, Ph.D.