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CC17 Workshop 15 - Healing the Fragmented Self in Couples Treatment - Janina Fisher, PhD

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Couples Therapy |  Workshops
Couples Conference |  Couples Conference 2017
Janina Fisher, PhD
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
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Original Program Date:
Apr 02, 2017
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CC17 Workshop 15 - Healing the Fragmented Self in Couples Treatment - Janina Fisher, PhD


Couples enter relationships with unconscious hopes that these will be reparative, that their wounded child selves will finally experience the cherishing for which they have longed. As each triggers or disappoints the other's hurt child selves, protector parts rise to the defense with anger, withdrawal, threats, or shame. In this model, couples are helped to identify hurt, angry, fearful feelings as communications from young parts and their vigorous defensive responses as those of protector parts. By having a way to 'hover above' their conflicts, 'own' hurt and disappointment as the feelings of a young child, and take responsibility for their fight/flight behavior, couples develop a new language that promotes safety and closeness.


Educational Objectives:

  1. Identify actions and reactions triggered in the relationship as communications from child parts.
  2. Describe the contributions of protector parts to the conflicts in the relationship.
  3. Demonstrate new relational patterns in which the soothing of one's young parts becomes the focus of attention, rather than assumed to be the responsibility of the partner.

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




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Janina Fisher, PhD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Instructor at the Trauma Center, an outpatient clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known for her expertise as both a therapist and consultant, she is also past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, a faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher has been an invited speaker at the Cape Cod Institute, Harvard Medical School Conference Series, the EMDR International Association Annual Conference, University of Wisconsin, University of Westminster in London, the Psychotraumatology Institute of Europe, and the Esalen Institute. Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of research and treatment and how to introduce these newer trauma treatment paradigms in traditional therapeutic approaches.