A psychobiological approach to couple therapy (PACT) is, at is core, a social-justice, purpose-centered approach to primary attachment relationships (two or more). That is to say, PACT therapists expect their partnership clients to become secure functioning. A secure-functioning system is one that is a two (or more) psychological system grounded in fairness, justice, mutual sensitivity, collaboration, and cooperation. In other words, secure functioning relationship is a team sport. For many, secure functioning is a high bar to achieve. It requires a degree of social-emotional development, moral reasoning, individuation, differentiation, self-activation, and of course interest in, and a willingness to pursue it as a goal.
Couples come to therapy with a myriad of complications, things like infidelity or communication issue are common issues that bring people into our offices. Managing these issues can be tricky and conducting a session that leads towards change can be even trickier. There is often a strong temptation to try to “teach” the couple how to function. However, we have to resist this urge because it doesn’t work nor does it lead towards change. In this workshop I am going to show you how to use the Solution Focused Approach to help couples create positive change in their relationship, regardless of the referral issue.
Demand is growing for couples intensives.
If you have been curious about intensives but weren’t sure how to lead them this workshop is you.
There is a therapy process that gives you all the time in the world to provide your clients with the foundation they need to communicate effectively, without being interrupted by weekly breakdowns. This format gives you time to work on the real issues. Time to practice new skills couples can rely on for life. Time to see and disrupt the exact patterns clients are desperate to change. We’ll also review how to discern which couples will benefit from an intensive model.
You will see a demonstration of how to talk to your existing clients about doing an intensive with you.
This workshop will provide participants with an integrated theoretical framework, e.g., sociological, systemic, somatic, and psychodynamic, to the assessment, formulation, and treatment of trauma within relational therapy. This presentation will focus on the everyday use of witnessing, movement, and art to engage self-soothing, connection, and the re-engagement of voice, touch, and healing in relational therapy.
This two-hour workshop will demonstrate how to organize and approach partner betrayal. In this case, the secret-keeper has kept vital information from the discovery-partner – such as a love affair, sexual acting out, financial decisions, a secret life, and other instances where the secret-keeper withheld, lied, and used gaslighting to cover their tracks. The reveal or discovery of important information that, if previously known, would have changed everything, is arguably the most devastating form of betrayal in romantic relationships. The discovery partner almost always exhibits PTSD symptoms of mood instability, sleep problems, flash backs, intrusive and obsessive thoughts, paranoia, and abandonment depression. A specific therapeutic architecture and therapist stance is vital to a successful therapeutic outcome of secure functioning.
Attendees will learn how to approach this unidirectional betrayal structure through and video example.
This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of how the Adaptive Information Processing Model (including the three-pronged protocol and 8 phases of EMDR) is applied for the treatment of relational trauma for the betrayer and the betrayed partner within the context of an intensive therapy model, provided by a therapeutic team system at Psychological Counseling Services, Ltd. (PCS). This presentation will focus on the implementation of EMDR that is focused on assisting the healing of the couple using Standard Protocol EMDR, EMDR addiction protocols, internal family systems EMDR, and couple’s shared EMDR.
What do consent, great sex, strong agreements, and well-functioning polyamory have in common? The Developmental Model of Couple’s Therapy holds important keys to creating all of them. In this keynote, sex therapist Martha Kauppi will discuss why she finds the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy to be an ideal fit for her relational sex therapy practice. Learn how weaving together concepts of attachment, differentiation, and neuroscience empowers clients to create strong, healthy intimate and sexual relationships.