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Master Clinician Lecture October 5, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

Master Clinician Lecture
Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy: Efficacy and Effectiveness Research

 Andrew Christensen, PhD
 Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology
 University of California – Los Angeles





Dr. Andrew Christensen has spent his career studying couple conflict and couple therapy and has published over 150 professional articles, primarily on these topics. In the area of couple conflict, he has studied the “demand-withdraw pattern” of interaction in which one partner wishes to discuss a problem and is often critical and insistent while the other partner often avoids or withdraws from discussion and is defensive during discussion. He has shown how this pattern is associated with relationship satisfaction and how the situation influences the roles partners take in this interaction as well as the gender linkages to those roles. With the late Neil Jacobson, he developed Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT) and conducted clinical trials of this approach. More recently, he has been involved in the widespread dissemination and testing of IBCT through the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs and through an online adaptation of IBCT, available at

Light refreshments will be served.    

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to

  1. Explain the difference between traditional Cognitive Behavioral Couple Therapy and Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT). 
  2. Describe the literature on the efficacy of IBCT.  
  3. Summarize the literature on the effectiveness of IBCT when it is disseminated throughout the VA system and through an online program.  

Continuing Education Credit:  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  Other health care professionals are awarded .15 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.5 contact hours.  In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials which will be distributed at the time of the conference.  WPIC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  WPIC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.  This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education credits. 

For more information regarding this lecture, please contact Frances Patrick at