CC17 Keynote 03 - An Experiential Approach to Couples Therapy - Jeffrey Zeig, PhD
Marriage is bliss, they say, but it can also be a source of trauma. After an affair, how do couples move from hate and hurt to genuine forgiveness? How much work takes place inside the heart and mind of the hurt partner, and how much is earned through concrete steps taken by the unfaithful partner? What makes for a good apology? What is the job of the hurt partner in fostering forgiveness? Can partners forgive and divorce? Is it possible to heal without forgiving? Is it possible to forgive partially and rebuild a good life together? These are some of the questions that will be addressed in this keynote.
● Differentiate “forgiveness” as it is traditionally defined versus “acceptance”.
● Reframe and de-shame the personal meaning of an interpersonal wound.
● Teach each partner to acknowledge a fair share of responsibility for the injury.
Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD, is the Founder and Director of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation and is president of Zeig, Tucker & Theisen, Inc., publishers in the behavioral sciences. He has edited, co-edited, authored or coauthored more than 20 books on psychotherapy that appear in twelve foreign languages. Dr. Zeig is a psychologist and marriage and family therapist in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona.
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