Schedule

Pre-Conference – Thursday, April 11Back to
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8:30am – 12:30pm

LE01

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Law and Ethics – Really Hard Work: Legal and Ethical Issues in Couples and Family Therapy

Steve Frankel, PhD, JD

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4.0 ethics clock hours

 

Open to all levels

Description:

This six-hour program seeks to provide information and recommendations for mental health professionals whose work includes the assessment and treatment of couples and families. The program begins with an update on legal and ethical developments that affect providers, and then moves to a discussion of risk management strategies for clinicians, including the most critical issues faced by clinicians in their work. We continue with important issues concerning confidentiality and “secrets” in couples and family therapy. The program then moves to a discussion of licensing Board complaints against couples and family therapists, starting with information that includes the fact that the highest frequency of board complaints involves conflicts regarding child custody. Finally, we discuss the developments in the use of Telehealth in the provision of services to couples and families.

Educational Objectives:

1. State at least three risk factors faced by couples counselors.
2. List at least two approaches to family “secrets” in couples counseling.
3. Name an author of at least one book or research paper in the area of couples counseling.
4. Name at least one organization devoted to the training of couples Counselors.

12:30pm – 2:00pm

Lunch Break

Lunch Break

Lunch Break

2:00pm – 4:00pm

LE01 Continued

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Law and Ethics – Really Hard Work Continued

Steve Frankel, PhD

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2.0 ethics clock hours

 

Open to all levels

Description:

This six-hour program seeks to provide information and recommendations for mental health professionals whose work includes the assessment and treatment of couples and families. The program begins with an update on legal and ethical developments that affect providers, and then moves to a discussion of risk management strategies for clinicians, including the most critical issues faced by clinicians in their work. We continue with important issues concerning confidentiality and “secrets” in couples and family therapy. The program then moves to a discussion of licensing Board complaints against couples and family therapists, starting with information that includes the fact that the highest frequency of board complaints involves conflicts regarding child custody. Finally, we discuss the developments in the use of Telehealth in the provision of services to couples and families.

Educational Objectives:

1. State at least three risk factors faced by couples counselors.
2. List at least two approaches to family “secrets” in couples counseling.
3. Name an author of at least one book or research paper in the area of couples counseling.
4. Name at least one organization devoted to the training of couples Counselors.

Main Conference – Friday, April 12Back to
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8:30am – 9:00am

CON

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Convocation

Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD

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9:00am – 9:15am

INTRO

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Introduction to the 5 Models: The Conception of this Conference

Ellyn Bader, PhD

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9:15am – 10:15am

 

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Symposium: Introduction to 3 Models

Ellyn Bader, PhD; Donald Cole, DMin, LPC, LMFT; Carrie Cole, MED, LPC; Terry Real, LICSW

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1.0 credit

 

Open to all levels

Description:

Each faculty member will present basic principles for their model to help the audience understand the strengths of the model: Developmental, Gottman, and Relational.

Educational Objectives:

1. Developmental: Select stage-appropriate treatment plans for couples at different developmental stages.
2. Gottman: Describe the value of assessment and the basic structure of Sound Relationship House Theory.
3. Relational: Describe the art of joining through the truth- confrontation so loving that our clients trust us more because of it.

10:30am – 12:30pm

WS01

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WS01: Introduction to the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy

Ellyn Bader, PhD

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2.0 credits

 

Fundamental Level

Description:

Join Ellyn Bader as she provides a solid introduction to The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy. This model enables you to make a targeted assessment of what’s wrong and then select stage-specific interventions based on the developmental capacities your clients are lacking. Learn to move your clients from hurt, bitterness and outrage to collaboration, openness and increased accountability. Ellyn will use video demos and transcripts to reveal the power of this model.

Educational Objectives:

1. Integrate Attachment and Differentiation Theory and Apply these to Couples Development.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of basic neuroscience to explain couples fight patterns.
3. Diagnose the couples stage of development.
4. Define differentiation and demonstrate why it matters.
5. Control and contain conflict in your office.
6. Develop targeted treatment plans for hostile/fighting couples and conflict avoiding couples.

10:30am – 12:30pm

WS02

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WS02: Gottman Method with Escalating and Avoidant Couples

Carrie Cole, MED, LPC; Donald Cole, DMin, LPC, LMFT

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2.0 credits

 

Fundamental Level

Description:

Particular attention will be given to working with couples displaying two patterns of dysfunction: escalation and avoidance.

Educational Objectives:

1. Assess dysfunctional conflict patterns in couples.
2. Identify the “Four Horseman” and their destructive effect on couples.
3. Identify “Diffuse Physiological Arousal (DPA)” and its negative effect on relationships.
4. Describe how to use effective interventions with escalating couples to interrupt the “Four Horsemen” and DPA.
5. Describe how to identify conflict avoidant couples.
6. Describe how to increase positive conflict conversations with avoidant couples.

10:30am – 12:30pm

WS03

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WS03: The Fundamentals of Relational Life Therapy (RLT)

Terry Real, LICSW

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2.0 credits

 

Fundamental Level

Description:

Relational Life Therapy (RLT) produces deep, lasting change in couples quickly by breaking many cherished couple’s therapy rules. We take sides, for example. Not all problems are fifty-fifty. We judiciously self-disclose. We’re in it with you. We work with trauma in each partner, doing deep individual work in the presence of one another. We pay close attention to gender – the unique characteristics of men and women in our culture and how those differences collide. We work with issues of both shame and also of grandiosity. We explicitly address power imbalances, and rebalance them.

Through lecture, demonstration, and video excerpts of real sessions, workshop participants will learn how to join through the truth, the art of holding the mirror up to our clients in ways that not only leave them feeling you are on their side, but that you are actively rooting for them.

Educational Objectives:

1. Identify the systemic dynamic, the repeating vicious circle, the couple is stuck in.
2. Identify each partner’s self-defeating stance, (angry pursuer), their contribution to the dynamic between them.
3. Demonstrate understanding of the clear map of the repeating loop the couple is mired in.
4. Utilize their relational diagnosis to wake them up to their patterns of dysfunction and wish to connect.

12:30pm – 1:45pm

Lunch Break

Lunch Break

Lunch Break

1:45pm – 2:45pm

K01

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Keynote 1: Transforming Relationships by Transforming the People in Them

Terry Real, LCSW

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1.0 credit

 

Open to all levels

Description:

The course of treatment in Relational Life Therapy has three phases. The first I call: waking up our clients. And the core technique of this phase is joining through the truth, the art of loving confrontation. The second phase is Family of Origin Work. And the core technique of this phase is Inner Child and other forms of trauma work. The third phase is Education, arming our clients with a new relational vision and a host of sophisticated, practical skills to achieve their dreams of a long-term truly intimate relationship.

Relational Life Therapy produces deep, permanent change quickly by focusing simultaneously on the individuals in the relationship, the dynamic of the relationship itself, and the cultural context for both.

Educational Objectives:

1. Describe the technique of joining through the truth.
2. Analyze the three phases of RLT.
3. Articulate the current cultural context for relationships and for therapy.

3:00pm – 5:00pm

WS04

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WS04: Introduction to the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy Continued

Ellyn Bader, PhD

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2.0 credits

 

Fundamental Level

Description:

Join Ellyn Bader as she provides a solid introduction to The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy. This model enables you to make a targeted assessment of what’s wrong and then select stage-specific interventions based on the developmental capacities your clients are lacking. Learn to move your clients from hurt, bitterness and outrage to collaboration, openness and increased accountability. Ellyn will use video demos and transcripts to reveal the power of this model.

Educational Objectives:

1. Integrate Attachment and Differentiation Theory and Apply these to Couples Development.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of basic neuroscience to explain couples fight patterns.
3. Diagnose the couples stage of development.
4. Define differentiation and demonstrate why it matters.
5. Control and contain conflict in your office.
6. Develop targeted treatment plans for hostile/fighting couples and conflict avoiding couples.

3:00pm – 5:00pm

WS05

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WS05: Gottman Method with Escalating and Avoidant Couples Continued

Carrie Cole, MED, LPC; Donald Cole, DMin, LPC, LMFT

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2.0 credits

 

Fundamental Level

Description:

Particular attention will be given to working with couples displaying two patterns of dysfunction: escalation and avoidance.

Educational Objectives:

1. Assess dysfunctional conflict patterns in couples.
2. Identify the “Four Horseman” and their destructive effect on couples.
3. Identify “Diffuse Physiological Arousal (DPA)” and its negative effect on relationships.
4. Describe how to use effective interventions with escalating couples to interrupt the “Four Horsemen” and DPA.
5. Describe how to identify conflict avoidant couples.
6. Describe how to increase positive conflict conversations with avoidant couples.

3:00pm – 5:00pm

WS06

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WS06: The Fundamentals of Relational Life Therapy (RLT) Continued

Terry Real, LICSW

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2.0 credits

 

Fundamental Level

Description:

Relational Life Therapy (RLT) produces deep, lasting change in couples quickly by breaking many cherished couple’s therapy rules. We take sides, for example. Not all problems are fifty-fifty. We judiciously self-disclose. We’re in it with you. We work with trauma in each partner, doing deep individual work in the presence of one another. We pay close attention to gender – the unique characteristics of men and women in our culture and how those differences collide. We work with issues of both shame and also of grandiosity. We explicitly address power imbalances, and rebalance them.

Through lecture, demonstration, and video excerpts of real sessions, workshop participants will learn how to join through the truth, the art of holding the mirror up to our clients in ways that not only leave them feeling you are on their side, but that you are actively rooting for them.

Educational Objectives:

1. Identify the systemic dynamic, the repeating vicious circle, the couple is stuck in.
2. Identify each partner’s self-defeating stance, (angry pursuer), their contribution to the dynamic between them.
3. Demonstrate understanding of the clear map of the repeating loop the couple is mired in.
4. Utilize their relational diagnosis to wake them up to their patterns of dysfunction and wish to connect.

5:15pm – 6:15pm

Author’s Hour

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Author’s Hour

 

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9:00am – 10:00am

 

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Symposium: Introduction to 2 Models

Sue Johnson, EdD; Stan Tatkin, PsyD, LMFT

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1.0 credit

 

Open to all levels

Description:

Each faculty member will present basic principles for their model to help the audience understand the strengths of the model: EFT and PACT.

The essential features of EFT- a client centered alliance, a focus on emotion regulation and balance, the creation of self and system change, and the key interventions and corrective moments that have been shown to lead to predictable lasting change in love.

PACT was developed out of exciting, cutting-edge research in three areas: developmental neuroscience, biology of human arousal, and attachment theory. PACT focuses strongly on moment-to-moment shifts in the face, body, and voice, and asks partners to pay close attention to these while they interact. The goal is secure functioning.

Educational Objectives:

1. Outline the key features of EFT that have been shown to lead to successful outcome.
2. Describe at least three principles of secure functioning relationship.

10:15am – 12:15pm

WS07

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WS07: The Core Skills of EFT in Practice

Sue Johnson, EdD

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2.0 credits

 

Fundamental level

Description:

This workshop will outline the core skills of EFT and consist of core exercises and illustrations of processes such as building an alliance, outlining negative cycles of interaction, assembling and deepening emotion and choreographing corrective interactions that gradually rebuilt secure connection.

Educational Objectives:

1. Describe the key moves and moments in EFT- Especially the EFT Tango.
2. Outline the core skills of the EFT model.
3. Describe stuck places and dead-ends and how to escape from them in session.

10:15am – 12:15pm

WS08

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WS08: Introduction to a Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy – Part 1

Stan Tatkin, Psy.D, LMFT

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2.0 credits

 

Fundamental level

Description:

PACT is a non-linear, poly-theoretical approach that fuse theories of attachment, developmental neuroscience, and arousal regulation. PACT is quickly gaining a reputation for effectively treating couples typically thought of as challenging.

This two-part workshop will introduce attendees to this psychobiological model, the forensic-like techniques employed to obtain information rapidly, the skills required to quickly read and assess microexpressions and micromovements and other somatic signalling, the use of creative and sometimes outrageous interventions, how to regulate difficult partners and couples as well as oneself, how to identify and work with various presentations of insecure attachment, how to differentiate psychological defenses from neurological deficits, how to recognize and deal with partner acting out, how to get partners into a light trance, how to determine attachment organization through interview and finding somatic markers, how to work strategically and improvisationally, and how to guide partners toward secure functioning. This approach is highly effective, not for the faint of heart, yet exceeding fun! Clinical video and live demonstrations included.

Educational Objectives:

1. List at least five interventions for getting information from partners.
2. Describe and define secure functioning in relationships.
3. Apply at least two different techniques for managing acting out behaviors.

10:15am – 12:15pm

WS09

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WS09: Treating Affairs Using the Gottman Method

Carrie Cole, MED, LPC

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2.0 credits

 

Advanced level

Description:

This presentation will explain the three stages of therapy with couples who have been affected by an affair.

Educational Objectives:

1. Identify the importance of physiology in working with affair couples.
2. Describe how to work with the couple during each stage of treatment.
3. Identify when to move from one stage of treatment to the next stage of treatment.

12:15pm – 1:30pm

Lunch Break

Lunch Break

Lunch Break

1:30pm – 2:30pm

K02

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Keynote 2: Attachment Science in Action: The EFT Route to Safe and Sound

Sue Johnson, EdD

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1.0 credit

 

Open to all levels

Description:

Attachment science in action- The EFT route to safe and sound in love relationships. Attachment- as captured in the EFT model- offers an on target, tested and profoundly relevant map to love and loving. This presentation will outline this map and show how key interventions lead predictably to secure lasting connection and promote health and growth in individual partners.

Educational Objectives:

1. Outline the core precepts of attachment theory and science and their practical implications for in session intervention.
2. Describe the promise of attachment theory for the psychotherapy field.

2:45pm – 4:45pm

VID

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Video Discussion of Each Other’s Cases

Ellyn Bader; Carrie Cole; Terry Real

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2.0 credits

 

Open to all levels

Description:

3 Models of Couples Therapy Present Video Examples for discussion: The Developmental Model, The Gottman Model and The Relational Life Model.

Each model will showcase a 20 minute video that demonstrates some core concepts from the model. Each video will be discussed by the other 2 presenters highlighting important interventions they observed.

Educational Objectives:

1. Developmental – Demonstrate how to shift a client from blame and attack to self-accountability.
2. Describe the power of enactments in couples therapy sessions so the work gets integrated and remains memorable to your clients.
3. Relational- Demonstrate principles of phase two relational life work: accessing the inner child.
4. Describe how the painful past gets integrated into positive change  in the present. 
5. Gottman- Describe effective de-escalation techniques for couples using the “Four Horsemen” and/or are entering “Diffuse Physiological Arousal.”
6. Identify effective treatment options for couples who are disconnected and avoiding conflict.

2:45pm – 4:45pm

WS10

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WS10: The Core Skills of EFT in Practice – Continued

Sue Johnson, EdD

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2.0 credits

 

Fundamental level

Description:

Participants will experiment with the core skills of EFT with a partner and watch illustrative video clips to identify decision points and new interventions in EFT.

Educational Objectives:

1. Demonstrate key skills.
2. Outline negative cycles and assembling emotion.

2:45pm – 4:45pm

WS11

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WS11: Introduction to a Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy – Continued

Stan Tatkin, PsyD, LMFT

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2.0 credits

 

Fundamental level

Description:

PACT is a non-linear, poly-theoretical approach that fuse theories of attachment, developmental neuroscience, and arousal regulation. PACT is quickly gaining a reputation for effectively treating couples typically thought of as challenging.

This two-part workshop will introduce attendees to this psychobiological model, the forensic-like techniques employed to obtain information rapidly, the skills required to quickly read and assess microexpressions and micromovements and other somatic signalling, the use of creative and sometimes outrageous interventions, how to regulate difficult partners and couples as well as oneself, how to identify and work with various presentations of insecure attachment, how to differentiate psychological defenses from neurological deficits, how to recognize and deal with partner acting out, how to get partners into a light trance, how to determine attachment organization through interview and finding somatic markers, how to work strategically and improvisationally, and how to guide partners toward secure functioning. This approach is highly effective, not for the faint of heart, yet exceeding fun! Clinical video and live demonstrations included.

Educational Objectives:

1. Describe three deceptive behaviors commonly seen in couple therapy.
2. Apply the beginning technique for getting partners into a light trance.
3. Detect acting out behavior when it occurs and be able to apply at least two interventions for stopping it.

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9:00am – 12:00pm

WS12

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WS12: The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy: Advanced Experiential Workshop

Ellyn Bader, PhD

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3.0 credits

 

Advanced level

Description:

This advanced workshop is designed to demonstrate core concepts of The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy. Participants will Increase their skills in the Initiator-Inquirer process and in effective confrontation and incisive resolution of intrapsychic conflicts. Join Ellyn Bader and learn how to make developmental assists, strengthen your confrontation skills and promote couples development.

Educational Objectives:

1. Describe the Initiator-Inquirer process and show how it is used to address developmental deficits.
2. Delineate 6 types of Confrontation.
3. Define developmental assist and show how to use these assists for moving clients forward.

9:00am – 12:00pm

WS13

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WS13: Working with Escalated Couples: Coming Home from Hell with EFT

Sue Johnson, EdD

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3.0 credits

 

Advanced level

Description:

This workshop will outline the EFT Way through conflict and disconnection, pain and mayhem that is a couple at war with each other. Specific interventions such as Catch the Bullet will be outlined. In the second half of the workshop, the process of attachment injury healing will also be addressed.

Educational Objectives:

1. Describe the attachment/EFT perspective of conflict and escalation.
2. Outline specific interventions to create a secure base in highly escalated couples.
3. Describe the process and interventions to address attachment injury and repair in EFT.

9:00am – 12:00pm

WS14

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WS14: Use PACT for Working with Personality Disorders

Stan Tatkin, PsyD, LMFT

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3.0 credits

 

Advanced level

Description:

This workshop will take the first two introductory seminars and push it working with personality disordered partners. We will move from an attachment model to that of an American object relations/ego psychology to understand the structural and functional differences between insecure attachment and personality disordered individuals and how to work with them in couple therapy.

Educational Objectives:

1. List at least five differences between insecure attachment presentations and that of disorders of the self.
2. Describe at least two interventions for working with various personality disorders in couple therapy.
3. Apply at least three strategies for therapist self-regulation.

12:00pm – 1:15pm

Lunch Break

Lunch Break

Lunch Break

1:15pm – 2:15pm

K03

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Keynote 3: The Neuroscience Behind Doing the Right Thing

Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT

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1.0 credit

 

Open to all levels

Description:

We currently live in a time of great emotional stress around matters of fairness, justice, ethics, and morality. As couple therapists, we are working with the smallest unit of a society, the two-person system that is the primary attachment partnership. Therapists should have a strong understanding of their own moral and ethical compass when guiding partner behavior that occurs inside and outside of therapy. Therapists should also have at least a beginning knowledge of the psycho-neurobiological correlates of not only fairness, justice, and sensitivity, but of the ability to do the right thing for the self as well as the other. This keynote will attempt to cover very dense but vital topic that answers questions such as, why do we self-harm, do things that make use feel better at the cost of being better, as well as act first and think later.

Educational Objectives:

1. List at least two areas of the brain involved in error correction.
2. Describe at least three reasons people tend to do the wrong thing.
3. Apply at least two techniques for getting partners in a couple to do the right thing.

2:30pm – 4:30pm

WS15

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WS15: Advanced Relational Life Therapy (RLT)

Terry Real, LCSW

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2.0 credits

 

Advanced Difficulty

Description:

This workshop moves beyond the first phase of RLT to detail the theory and technique of phase two: Family Of Origin Work, trauma and Inner Child Work. In phase one we identified each partner’s relational stance and how the two stances combine to produce the couple’s choreography – the vicious circle they come to us trapped within. Now we travel through the stance back to where it first came from – the particular childhood experiences each partner’s Adaptive Child part was adapting to. Focusing on one partner at a time, we extract the young child part and imaginatively engage it – begin to relate to it. The therapist facilitates an explicit, caring relationship between the person’s Functional Adult self and the Adaptive Child part that has fueled the dysfunctional relational stance.

Educational Objectives:

1. List the pros and cons of inner child work in couples therapy.
2. Distinguish between wounded and adaptive child parts.
3. Explain the techniques for facilitating a healing relationship between child and adult parts of self.

2:30pm – 4:30pm

 

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Video Discussion of Each Other’s Cases: Sue Johnson and Stan Tatkin

Sue Johnson, EdD; Stan Tatkin, PsyD, LMFT

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2.0 credits

 

Open to all levels

Description:

EFT: Presentation of a change event in Stage 2 of EFT- Restructuring Attachment- Alex and Megan. This video will present the beginning of a major change event in EFT- blamer softening – or – a Hold Me Tight conversation with a now engaged withdrawn male. PACT: Obtaining information quickly from partners via explicit and implicit communication.

Educational Objectives:

1. EFT- Assemble and utilize the music of emotion to change the dance between distressed partners.
2. Describe how these events change self and relational system.
3. PACT- Apply at least three techniques for obtaining useful information quickly from partners in a couple.
4. Describe at least three signs a partner may be using deception.

4:45pm – 5:00pm

 

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Closing Remarks

Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD

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