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.
This two-hour workshop will demonstrate how to foster secure functioning in your couple practice. Attendees will first get a deeper understanding of what is secure functioning versus insecure functioning in a couple system. We will answer the question as to why secure functioning is the only possible solution to relationship satisfaction and longevity. Then, through live demonstration, attendees will experience various challenges and opportunities to promote secure-functioning principles and orient partners toward a two-person psychological system of interdependency, teamwork, threat reduction, win-win outcomes, and protection of their union. We will also cover conflict management and why a couple system can be measured by how much load bearing it can take before the wheels start coming off.
This workshop will provide participants with an integrated framework, e.g., sociological, systemic, and models of sex therapy, from which to consider the strengths and skills that non-heteronormative relational systems can teach relational therapists working with monogamous couples interested in deepening both emotional attunement and interpersonal differentiation. Specific topics will include exploring clinician bias, challenge heteronormative constructs of
relational, sexual, and erotic practices, and the necessity of integrating various relational models of intervention tailored specifically to the relational systems we work with.
Under patriarchy – the framework we all live within – one can be connected or powerful; but not both at the same time. This workshop gives nuts and bolts technique for helping our clients discover “soft” or “loving” power. How to stand up for one’s self and cherish one’s partner, and the relationship, in the same breath. How one partner can help empower the other to come through for them, a win/win for both.
Learn how to teach clients the 3 steps to getting what you want
– Daring to rock the boat
– Teaching them what you want
– Encouraging, rather than discouraging, progress
Like any population, LGBTQIA+ individuals have a variety of different parts within their internal system. However, LGBTQIA+ clients may also have parts that are specifically related to their experiences of gender and sexual identity. These parts can be particularly strong in clients who have experiences discrimination, stigma, or trauma related to their LGBTQIA+ identity.
The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of therapy can be helpful for LGBTQIA+ couples in several ways. It can help each partner develop greater self-awareness and compassion for their own internal system. It can help partner develop greater empathy for their partner’s internal parts and their lived experience. And it can help couples work through conflicts that arise in the relationship related to identity, family legacy, sexuality, culture struggles, and trauma related issues that arise in the relationship.
This workshop introduces participants to a new form of couples therapy – one that does deep individual work in the presence of the partner. Most of us, when faced in couples therapy with one or both partners needing trauma work or work on their characters refer these individuals to individual treatment. RLT offers a combination of loving confrontation (Joining through the truth), educational coaching on relational skills, and inner child work that, taken together, produce quick, profound, and lasting change.
Any mental health professional or coach dealing with relational issues in his or her work. It is relevant to both couples therapists and individual therapists with a relational perspective. Anyone interested in how to integrate trauma work into couples therapy. Anyone wishing to go more deeply in their own clinical work.