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CC16 Workshop 05 - Addiction and Self-Absorption - Ellyn Bader, PhD and Sue Diamond Potts, MA

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Addiction |  Workshops |  Couples Therapy |  Developmental Therapy Model
Couples Conference |  Couples Conference 2016
Ellyn Bader, PhD |  Sue Diamond, MA, RCC
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Original Program Date:
May 14, 2016
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Two particularly challenging issues that surface in couples therapy are addiction and self absorption. Through the lens of the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy, Sue and Ellyn will describe how to make strategic treatment decisions that propel couples toward sobriety and more collaborative functioning. They will review the troublesome traits of the self-absorbed partner and illuminate ways to increase other-differentiation and increase caring and compassion. Case examples will demonstrate the challenge of confronting individual partners addictive and self-absorbed behavior, while simultaneously supporting the developmental growth of the couple.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Discuss 4 important Do’s and 4 important Don’ts which are strong guidelines when working with married partners who are addicted.
  2. Describe 2 techniques for facilitating other-differentiation in self-absorbed partners. 

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*




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Ellyn Bader, PhD, is a founder and director of The Couples Institute in Menlo Park, California. As a clinical psychologist, workshop leader, author, and speaker, she is dedicated to helping couples create extraordinary relationships. Over the past 30 years she has trained therapists in couples therapy throughout the United States as well as Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. She served as a Clinical Faculty in Stanford University School of Medicine for 8 years.