The Narcissistic Couple

The Narcissistic Couple

  • Session 1
    October 20, 2017
    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Session 2
    October 22, 2017
    9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Instructor: Carl Bagnini, LCSW and Vivian Eskin, Ph.D.

This is a two-session course. Participants must attend both days.

Dates and times: Friday, October 20th from 3:00-5:00 p.m. &

 Sunday, October 22nd from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Location: Upper West Side TBA and Long-Distance via Videoconference

5 CEUs for social workers licensed in NY – Must attend entirety of all sessions to receive CEUs

Fee: $75

Students and Candidates with ID: $25


This workshop utilizes an object relations approach to treatment of narcissistic pathology in individuals and couples. Vivid material and practice theory will be presented that identify narcissistic features and their clinical challenge to the therapist. Holding and containment with narcissistically wounded individuals and couples will be demonstrated, and use of the therapist’s self examined through transference and countertransference analysis. We will explore therapist’s persistent narcissistic motives (benign to malignant) for understanding unconscious process in the dyad and triad. The concept of triadic mental space will be applied to the frame. Participants will be encouraged to offer case vignettes, comments and questions regarding work with narcissistic individuals and couples.

Pre-Requisites for Participation

It is an advanced course that requires participants to have a solid foundation in the basic principles and terminology of psychoanalytic theory and technique, as well as significant clinical experience.

At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the object relations of narcissistic-pathology with couples.
  2. Discuss parallel process that influences holding and containment in treating narcissistic couples.
  3. Explain clinical use of dyadic and triadic transference and countertransference.

Fee can be paid on this webpage or by check made payable to: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy of New York LCSW P.C.; if paying by check, please RSVP to for mailing address.

Cancellation requests made more than 3 weeks prior to the event will be given a full refund of registration fees. Refunds will not be granted for cancellation requests made within 3 weeks of the event, for no-shows on the day of the event, or for missed events. For further information, for information about accessibility for participants with disabilities, or to address grievances, please contact Contemporary Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy of New York, NY LCSW, PC, CEP #0263 is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers.