For the first time couple therapists can truly be scientific practitioners. We know more and more about the nature of the problem - marital distress and the nature of adult love. We also can specify which interventions work and how they work. We have maps, targets, directions and a way home.
This workshop focuses on the specific use of cognitive-behavioral strategies as an adjunct to the many treatment modalities of couples therapy. It offers a basic overview of the theories of cognitive-behavioral therapy, particularly as it applies to couples. Participants will learn first-hand techniques and strategies for working with difficult couples and how to integrate these strategies with their respective modes of treatment. The presentation is followed by a videotape showing how to implement techniques.
Covered in this workshop will be an overview of issues in sex counseling; demographic information; issues in assessment; a phenomenological model; Ericksonian assumptions; and couples exercises for enhancing intimacy.
This workshop will address the three most common sexual issues in therapy - desire discrepancy, low sexual desire and lack of sexual attraction. Physiological as well as psychological dimensions will be explored using current research and clinical applications.
This workshop focuses on the specific use of cognitive-behavioral strategies as an adjunct to the many treatment modalities of family therapy. It offers a basic overview of the theories of cognitive-behavioral therapy, particularly as it applies to families. Participants will learn first-hand techniques and strategies for working with difficult families and how to integrate these strategies with their respective modes of treatment. Role-playing and case reviews will be used. A question and answer period will follow.
Continuing from the morning program, covered in this workshop are principles for using hypnosis; advantages of hypnosis in sex counseling; experiential methods; induction approaches for hypnosis and sex therapy; and Erickson cases.
Anthropologist Helen Fisher discusses the brain networks associated with romantic love to explain frustration attraction, abandonment, rage, the despair response, love, addiction, stalking, love, suicide and other phenomena associated with romantic rejection. She concludes that long term use of serotonin-enhancing antidepressants can jeopardize romantic love and attachment to a mate.
Difficult couples challenge therapists with their aggressive interactions, their demands for intimacy and their high levels of sensitivity to any confrontation. Dr. Bader will demonstrate how to start and sustain positive momentum with these high distress couples. Participants will discover how to create a context for change that uses four pillars to anchor all sessions. Participants will learn to make strong confrontations, take a firm leadership role and more smoothly interweave intra-psychic and systemic interventions. Video, role-play and clinical transcripts will all be used to demonstrate these principles.
Therapists sometimes get stuck trying to change a couple's interactional patterns without understanding the underlying belief systems that maintain the patterns. By zeroing in on the core beliefs and expectations of each partner, the therapist is able to address multiple levels of experience and help the couple change pivotal aspects of their relationship in a short period of time. Conflicting beliefs around money, sex, power, gender, responsibility and intimacy will be examined within this therapeutic framework.