Digging Deeper: Working with Unfinished Business in Individuals, Couples, and Families

Although clients are typically focused on the here-and-now, quite often the intensity and nature of problematic themes relate to their lived history. Relationships with our first family and previous intimate relationships can yield important information and become instrumental in the change process.

This workshop will use concepts from Object Relations to show how and when to help clients connect the dots between the present and the past. Through video and case examples, the workshop will demonstrate ways to re-work troublesome issues and traumas that have been retained as ‘unfinished business,’ and help clients see themselves and others in a new light.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how the representational world effects present relationships
  • Become familiar with projective identification processes and how to track the trigger
  • Safely explore past trauma and painful memories while reconstructing conclusions about self and others


Judith P Siegel, PhD., LCSW, is a professor at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University. She is the author of Repairing IntimacyWhat Children Learn from their Parents MarriageStop Overreacting; and the chapter “Object Relations Couples Therapy” in the Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy.


Date / Time:

Friday, January 18, 2019
10:00 am–4:00 pm

Continuing Education:

5 CE Contact Hours

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