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CC17 Topical Panel 02 - Couples vs. Individual Therapy: What Works/What Doesn’t - Ellyn Bader, Sue Diamond Potts, Janis Abrahms Spring

Topic Areas:
Couples Therapy |  Topical Panel
Couples Conference |  Couples Conference 2017
Janis Abrahms Spring |  Ellyn Bader |  Sue Diamond
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
58 Minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date :
Apr 01, 2017
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Couples treatment requires an understanding of interpersonal dynamics. Clinicians need to understand the benefits and liabilities of couples vs. individual therapy, and have a mechanism for decilding when to use each approach.


Educational Objectives:

  1. Describe three essential differences between Couples and Individual Treatment.
  2. Given a couple describe the decision process for couples vs. individual treatment.
  3. List three benefits of Couples Therapy.




Janis Abrahms Spring's Profile

Janis Abrahms Spring Related seminars and products: 5


Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph.D., ABPP, is a board certified clinical psychologist and nationally acclaimed expert on issues of trust, intimacy, and forgiveness. Her first book, After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful, has sold more than a half million copies and was a Books for a Better Life Award finalist in the categories of Best First Book and Best Relationship Book. The completely updated second edition (2012) includes a new chapter on affairs in cyberspace. How Can I Forgive You? The Courage to Forgive, the Freedom Not To, was a Books for a Better Life Award finalist in the category of Best Psychology Book. Life with Pop: Lessons on Caring for an Aging Parent, a Living Well Award Silver Medalist, captures the extraordinary, ordinary personal challenges and moments of grace that come with caregiving and growing old.

Ellyn Bader's Profile

Ellyn Bader Related seminars and products: 36


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.

Sue Diamond's Profile

Sue Diamond Related seminars and products: 8


Sue Diamond Potts, M.A., R.C.C., is a psychotherapist working in Vancouver, British Columbia with over 25 years in the field. She is the Founder & Director of the Good Life Therapy Centre which focuses on helping couples and individuals create loving relationships in the aftermath of addiction and trauma. Sue began her career working with adult children of alcoholics, focusing on healing developmental trauma and grieving the loss of an unlived childhood. She went on to study and teach somatic approaches to working with trauma. As a Certified Bader-Pearson Developmental Couples Therapist she has been leading trainings in this model to therapists locally and internationally. 

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