8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
PRE-CONFERENCE
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PRE-CONFERENCE: Law and Ethics “What goes around….” Part 1

“What goes around….” is a 6-hour law/ethics workshop and is focused on recent and emerging developments in law and ethics that will impact clinicians of all disciplines, starting with changes to child abuse reporting obligations, then moving to cover changes for custody evaluators, record-keeping and maintenance, emerging issues and ...
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
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Convocation

Dr. Zeig will make a short introduction, starting off the Full Conference sessions for the Couples Conference.
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
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Keynote 02: The Crisis of Infidelity: Managing First Sessions

Ellyn Bader will present a video of a first session with a couple about to separate after a third discovered infidelity. The session, conducted by Ellyn Bader and Peter Pearson, focuses on illuminating how one partner’s unresolved family of origin issues create pain for both partners, contribute to infidelity ...
31 March, 2017

Lunch Break

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
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Keynote 03: An Experiential Approach to Couples Therapy

When information and advice fail to promote change, an experiential approach can foster adaptive realizations. Learn nonverbal and metaphoric methods to enliven your approach.   Educational Objectives: 1. Describe an experiential approach. 2. Indicate when to use evocative methods. 3. Describe orienting toward.
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Workshop 03: 10 Crucial Things about Sex that Therapists Don’t Learn in School

Most clinical training programs include a very limited amount about sexuality. They generally focuses on pathologies (e.g., rape and child molestation), “dysfunction” (e.g., problems with desire or orgasm), and more recently, “diversity” (e.g., the existence of people who identify as GLBT or polyamorous). But what about the everyday sex ...
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Workshop 02: Betrayals: Structuring Your Approach

This two-hour workshop will focus on the matter of betrayal as presented in couple therapy. A betrayal comes in many forms – sexual, financial, mismanagement of thirds, withholding of information, lying, and gas lighting. Through video and live demonstration, attendees will learn how to structure their approach as determined ...
5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
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Author’s Hour

Author’s Hour Book Signing with Dan Amen, Ellyn Bader, Alex Katehakis, Marty Klein, Rick Miller, Stan Tatkin, and Jeff Zeig
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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Keynote 04: Affairs, Addictions and Deception: The PACT Approach

Of all the challenges to the couple therapist the most common is the matter of the affairs, addictions, and deception. In this one-hour presentation, attendees will learn various methods of detecting cheating, lying, and substance and non-substance abuse very early in the process of couple therapy. We will be ...
9:45 AM - 11:45 AM
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Workshop 04: After the Affair: Rekindling Trust and Intimacy, and Earning Forgiveness

This course will offer concrete clinical interventions to help couples struggling with infidelity and address questions such as: What constitutes an affair – sexual intercourse? Sexting? What makes cyber-relationships particularly seductive? When is cybersex a sign of sexual addiction? Is there room for secrets in couples therapy, and if ...
9:45 AM - 11:45 AM
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Workshop 06: Healing ADHD: 7 Types

In this workshop, Dr. Amen will give a detailed look at the seven types of ADHD he has discovered through his clinical and brain imaging work. These include: Classic, Inattentive, Over focused, Limbic, Temporal Lobe, Ring of Fire, and Anxious. He will discuss their clinical presentation and impact on ...
1 April, 2017

Lunch Break

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Keynote 05: Impact of ADHD on Relationships

One of the missing links in couples strife is undiagnosed ADHD. In this presentation, Dr. Amen will discuss how ADHD can impact relationships in both positive and negative ways. In addition, he will discuss ways to work with couples where one or both members have ADHD. This will include ...
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Workshop 09: When Pornography is an Issue: Couples Counseling & Psychotherapy that Works

We’re seeing more and more couples in conflict over one partner’s use of porn. But pathologizing one partner’s porn use while legitimizing the grievances of the consumer’s partner violates our commitment to neutrality—and more importantly, it doesn’t help the couple. To address porn-related issues more effectively, this workshop will ...
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Workshop 07: Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

In this workshop, Dr. Amen will describe six different brain systems (prefrontal cortex, anterior cingulate gyrus, basal ganglia, limbic system, temporal lobes, and cerebellum), what they do, what happens when things go wrong, and how to help a client. He will apply each brain system to their positive and ...
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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Keynote 06: When Intimacy Feels Unsafe: Healing the Trauma Legacy in Couples Therapy

Early childhood trauma has lasting and dramatic effects on attachment formation and on the later capacity for intimacy and mutuality. Instead of experiencing relationships as a haven of safety, traumatized couples are driven by powerful wishes for and fears of closeness. By using somatic and mindfulness-based interventions, conflictual patterns ...
9:45 AM - 11:45 AM
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Workshop 12: The Sober Truth: Doing Effective Couples Therapy with Addicted Partners

Historically, when it comes to relationship recovery we have left alcoholic/addicts and their partners to fend for themselves. The belief was that active addiction or early sobriety was contraindicated for couples therapy as the stress of relational demands would push him/her to relapse. Exploring underlying issues of trauma that ...
9:45 AM - 11:45 AM
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Workshop 10: Beyond Words: Somatic Interventions for Couples Treatment

In traumatized couples, talking about ‘what happened’ often evokes more conflict than empathy and does not alter their habitual trauma-related animal defense survival responses of fight, flight, freeze, submission, or cry for help. By teaching couples to observe their somatic responses to each other and to use gesture instead ...
9:45 AM - 11:45 AM
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Workshop 11: The “Deal Breaker”: Detection and Intervention

The PACT therapist is always moving couples toward secure functioning. A deal breaker is a conflict between partners for which there is no workable solution. Deal-breakers lead partners to a dead-end and therefore threaten the existence of the relationship. However, when reaching this dead-end, many partners will bend reality ...
2 April, 2017

Lunch Break

2:15 PM - 4:15 PM
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Workshop 15: Healing the Fragmented Self in Couples Treatment

Couples enter relationships with unconscious hopes that these will be reparative, that their wounded child selves will finally experience the cherishing for which they have longed. As each triggers or disappoints the other’s hurt child selves, protector parts rise to the defense with anger, withdrawal, threats, or shame. In ...
2:15 PM - 4:15 PM
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Workshop 14: Exclusive VS. Inclusive In Healthy Male Couples: Differences Between Monogamy, Loosening Boundaries, and Deception.

The gay male subculture emphasizes easy sexual hookups as a norm, without questioning whether this is actually healthy for a couple. This workshop will define how male couples choose exclusivity successfully, how healthy attachment is an important component for considering an open relationship and provide guidelines for managing open ...