CC18 Workshop 02 - Diving into the Heart of the Work: How to Produce Deep Change Quickly in Troubled Clients - Terry Real, LICSW
The secret to helping couples have a powerful, transformative experience in therapy is to get them to deeply explore---while in each other’s presence---their own character structure and family-of-origin trauma. For the therapist, this process involves six steps: arriving at the couple’s relational diagnosis, helping them articulate their repeating loops, getting the backstory of their childhood adaptation, imaginatively reparenting each inner child, loving confrontation, and helping each partner master new skills.
1. Demonstrate understanding of the clear map of the repeating loop the couple is mired in
2. Utilize their relational diagnosis to wake them up to their patterns of dysfunction and wish to connect
3. Describe the dysfunctional family of origin backstory to a reparenting dialogue
4. Discuss relational skills like having good boundaries, speaking up for oneself with love, and responding to criticism non-defensively with a generous heart
Terry Real, LICSW, is a nationally recognized family therapist, author, and teacher. He is particularly known for his groundbreaking work on men and male psychology as well as his work on gender and couples; he has been in private practice for over twenty-five years. Terry has appeared often as the relationship expert for Good Morning America and ABC News. His work has been featured in numerous academic articles as well as media venues such as Oprah, 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today and many others.
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