This workshop will outline three key change events in EFT: Negative cycle de-escalation, hold me tight bonding conversations and Attachment injury Forgiveness. Each even will be outline, examples given and specific interventions outline and practiced. Throughout the workshop theory, research and practice will be integrated.
Human sexual response is a complex system even when attempting to understand one person let alone two people in a relationship. It is helpful, therefore to have a way to organize decades of research and clinical practice in a manner which can be shared with clients. A practical schema will be presented to educate and motivate clients interested in improving their intimate connection. Lecture, video, original handouts and experiential exercises will be utilized.
Through case examples, Esther Perel, MA, LMFT will show how to effectively engage such issues as intimacy, sexuality and infidelity by creating separate spaces where each partner can explore his/her feelings and experiences along with larger relationship dynamics. We will show how to navigate privacy and secrecy, honesty and transparency, stage interventions around sexual impasses, and structure a safe and flexible therapeutic environment to work effectively with infidelity. Provide a multicultural perspective on differing notions of love, marriage and sexual behaviors, and to highlight the relationship between culture and sexuality.
Psychotherapists and clinical researchers are finding that ancient Eastern meditative techniques, originally solitary practices refined by hermits, monks, and nuns, are proving to be remarkably useful for facing interpersonal challenges. This workshop will explore how mindfulness meditation can help our clients and us develop the affect tolerance and capacity to be with and understand others that are critical for successful intimate relationships. You’ll leave knowing the three core elements of mindfulness practice, how to use mindfulness to react less personally to the inevitable ups and downs of interpersonal life, and how interpersonal mindfulness techniques can enhance therapeutic, romantic, and parent-child interaction.
This one-hour presentation will demonstrate cross-dialogic and other strategic techniques for shepherding couples to- ward “secure functioning,” an attitudinal and behavioral expectation that couples operate as a two-person psychological system. Because the concept of secure-functioning is principle based and not personality based, the success of secure-functioning relationships does not depend upon attachment orientation. The presentation will endeavor to help the clinician utilize psychobiological strategies to help clarify partner attachment strategies, true desires, and unspoken agendas in couple therapy.
Drs. John and Julie Gottman will present a state-of-the-art review of how to conceptualize and treat the highly intractable problem of domestic violence toward intimate partners. They will review the research literature and present a conceptualization of the issues in treating this population. They will describe a highly successful randomized clinical trial study and the results that demonstrate long-term follow up effectiveness.
Participants will learn powerful techniques to facilitate the integration of individual and couples therapy through meditation, guided imagery, and energy centers in the body. Beginning exploration will focus on the healing capacity found innately in the "Mind- Body Couples System" (Mind Body Systems Therapy( TM) through the use of intense affect to unify significant others through transforming fear, anger, and grief into understanding ,compassion, love, and forgiveness. The class will be both didactic and experiential.
This workshop will address how the principles and variables of quantum physics can be integrated in the transformation of resistance in individuals and couples. The Erickson Resistance Protocol will be utilized as a metaphor and template to support the expansion of trust and creativity within the professional in the transformation of resistance.
This first of two workshops will demonstrate the use of informal trance in couple therapy. PACT therapists use rolling chairs (office chairs) as a major therapeutic tool for both the couple and therapist in managing arousal, attention, and for inducing trance states. Attendees will learn the basic tenants of PACT and a common approach to inducing informal trance states in partners using rolling chairs. Partners go into a deeper state whereby the therapist can probe, prod, and investigate more implicit issues that plague the relationship.