Learn the three key elements of Relationship Empowerment Therapy: The use of leverage; Attention to "clean-up" issues; The relationship grid. Participants will be introduced to techniques to help partners learn: Where they are stuck in their relationship; What "unfinished business" fuels their "stuckness;" The consequences of not changing, as well as the opportunities for change; How to get from where they are to where they need to be.
Talking makes many matters worse, not better. Talking can not only exacerbate problems and differences, but prevent the deepest moments of intimacy. Oftentimes therapy focuses too much time talking about connection rather than connecting. Come learn strategies to help couples create love beyond words.
While confrontation is often the best way to help clients examine their contribution to a problem, many therapists feels anxious about the tension aroused during confrontation. Leam to employ confrontation in couples work with special emphasis on matching the intensity of the confrontation- gentle to tough- with the level of impasse. The focus will be on how to select what to confront, when to confront, and how to build a confrontation over time. You will leave this session with a firmer grasp of the attitude and posture necessary to use confrontation more effectively in your work.
This introduction to a developmental-psychobiological approach for working with personality disordered couples will provide attendees with a powerful new method that continues to show good success. This approach focuses on a two-person psychobiological model using attachment, developmental neuroscience and arousal regulation, and moves the clinician from a conflict-content model to a deficit process model focusing on real-time enactments of dysregulation.
The repair process is a detailed formula for helping someone in a state of hurt or frustration move back into satisfactory connection. The process begins with the speaker, teaching the distressed person how to use the feedback wheel- a fourstep prescription for speaking that is effective and clean. Then we tum to the skills of listening and responding, laying out techniques of radical generosity-a sophisticated way to understand your partner's experience and respond to it in the most responsible, (and disarming) manner.
This two-day workshop will introduce the basic theory of the therapeutic processes of Imago Relationship Therapy and demonstrate its application to conflicted couples in committed partnerships. Attention also will be given to the implications of the relational paradigm for all forms of therapy. Methods will include lectures, live demonstrations of the process and a video. This workshop will be credited towards certification for qualified therapists who wish to pursue training towards becoming a certified Imago Therapist and for non-clinical professionals who wish to become a certified Imago Educator.
Lies and deception wreak havoc in couples' relationships. To work successfully with couples after significant betrayal, the therapist must use attachment and differentiation-based interventions. Learn to identify three patterns of deception; when deception can be repaired and when it can't; and what is the essence of successful repair.
Ruptured connection in childhood is brought to adult intimate relationships for repair. Romantic love is the selection of a partner who resembles childhood caretakers and the inevitable power struggle is an indication of the failure of both partners to meet each other's needs. Imago Therapy helps couples complete the agenda of romantic love by identifying unmet childhood needs and enabling couples to help meet those needs in each other. This session will demonstrate a process that helps couples experience contact and connection called the Imago Dialogue Process.
Inevitable conflict, the second stage of all committed relationships, is growth "trying to happen." This session will address core issues most couples face, working with difficult couples, how to transform destructive conflict into creative tension through the dialogue process and how to discern when a couple can or cannot be helped. Participants will be introduced to a therapy process that transforms conflict into connection and facilitates couples being healers for each other.