Inevitable conflict, the second stage of all committed relationships, is growth "trying to happen." This session will address core issues most couples face, working with difficult couples, how to transform destructive conflict into creative tension through the dialogue process and how to discern when a couple can or cannot be helped. Participants will be introduced to a therapy process that transforms conflict into connection and facilitates couples being healers for each other.
Harville Hendrix, PhD Healing is the restoration and maintenance of connection. This occurs only in relationship and is dependent upon the quality of the "between." For healing to occur, therapists must help couples shift their focus from personal to relationship needs. This session will teach and demonstrate concepts and processes that enable couples to replace conflict with safety and compassion.
This two-day workshop will introduce the basic theory of the therapeutic processes of Imago Relationship Therapy and demonstrate its application to conflicted couples in committed partnerships. Attention also will be given to the implications of the relational paradigm for all forms of therapy. Methods will include lectures, live demonstrations of the process and a video. This workshop will be credited towards certification for qualified therapists who wish to pursue training towards becoming a certified Imago Therapist and for non-clinical professionals who wish to become a certified Imago Educator.
Lies and deception wreak havoc in couples' relationships. To work successfully with couples after significant betrayal, the therapist must use attachment and differentiation-based interventions. Learn to identify three patterns of deception; when deception can be repaired and when it can't; and what is the essence of successful repair.
Ruptured connection in childhood is brought to adult intimate relationships for repair. Romantic love is the selection of a partner who resembles childhood caretakers and the inevitable power struggle is an indication of the failure of both partners to meet each other's needs. Imago Therapy helps couples complete the agenda of romantic love by identifying unmet childhood needs and enabling couples to help meet those needs in each other. This session will demonstrate a process that helps couples experience contact and connection called the Imago Dialogue Process.
This lecture will posit that marriage is alive and well and evolving into a new form, replacing a personal, psychological marriage focused on the satisfaction of individual need with a partnership marriage that produces healing and evokes psychological and spiritual growth. This transition is an instance of a shift from the "individual paradigm "to the "relational paradigm."
This keynote address will offer an overview of the neural basis of mindful awareness and how this important way of being present and receptive to one's own inner processes creates enhanced capacity for emotional resonance and empathy.
The traditional marriage of our parents, grandparents and before was the companionable marriage. This lecture introduces a new 21st Century skill-set, relationship empowerment, which enables women to stand up for increased closeness in their relationships, while helping men understand new demands and how to meet them successfully.