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.
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.
The Law and Ethics Workshop covers emerging legal and ethical issues for mental health practitioners of all disciplines. The four-hour program addresses issues in- cluding confidentiality and privilege, note-taking, record-keeping, coping with sub- poenas, the impact of professional society ethical codes on regulation of mental health practice, liability exposure with suicidal patients, and recent developments in ''Tarasoff situations.''
This program focuses more closely on the needs of clinicians who fall into particularly high risk groups. Topics include confidentiality and privilege for children, coping with high-conflict divorce/custody families, the regressive impact of the regulatory environment on family therapy in particular, supervision/consultation issues that arise for professionals whose agency positions may include functions that conflict with ethical codes.
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.
This presentation will cover the assessment and detection of spousal and partner abuse, as well as intervention strategies. Community resources, cultural factors and same gender abuse dynamics also will be discussed.
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."