About IASP

IASP Annual Conference: Saturday, April 25, 2020

Please note that this event is now cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.   We plan to reschedule after the coronavirus pandemic is resolved.  Thank you for your interest and watch this page for future updates.  

Registration is now available.  For further information please click here.  

Carla Leone, Ph.D

will present:

Patients and Their Significant Others:  Helping Patients Improve Their Relating and Relationships Through Individual and Couple Treatment

Whether we do couple therapy or not, we all work with patients who bring relationship concerns or complaints to their treatments.  In either modality, helping patients with relationship issues is complicated and highly influenced by the co-transference intersubjective field, whether dyadic or triadic.  In either, what is the impact of our own relationship histories on how we hear, take up and respond to patients’ relationship complaints – or not?

As individual therapists, how can we best help when we have never met the patient’s spouse or significant other, heard their side of the story, or watched the partners relate?  When and how do we refer for couple therapy, what conscious and unconscious factors influence that decision, how can couple therapy help, and should the therapists of patients in concurrent individual and couple therapies consult with each other?

Drawing both on her work on the “unseen spouse” of patients in individual treatment  (Leone, 2013b), and on the application of contemporary self psychology to couple and family treatment (Leone, 2001, 2006, 2008, 2013a, 2019), Dr. Carla Leone will address these and other questions, illustrate her perspective with clinical examples, and facilitate audience discussion.  Dr. Leone has taught and presented widely nationally and internationally on these topics and is known as a lively and engaging presenter.

Online registration is now available.

Please click: Register Here 


 The Institute for the Advancement of Self Psychology in Toronto is a community for ongoing education and support for clinical psychotherapists.  We are steeped in the tradition of relational self-psychology, which focuses on human development and on therapeutic process based on the empathic understanding of each human being’s subjectivity as embedded in an intersubjective context of relationship. 

We believe that every clinical therapist, regardless of orientation, needs and benefits from joining with colleaugues in a community that provides for ongoing case discussion and learning in our rapidly evolving field of psychotherapy.

For ongoing education and support we offer the following programs:

Monthly Study Group

Quarterly Clinical Dialogues

Annual Conference

Peer Supervision Groups

Educational Seminars

Social Events and Annual Holiday Party