Workshops: Couples Therapy

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Basic Principles of the Integrative Approach to Couples Therapy

ID: 5240

Today there are many modern couples therapy approaches for clinicians to choose from, such as the Imago Approach, EFT, the Gottman model, Bowen Family Systems, and so on. Our Integrative Approach seeks to combine what we see as the best of Bowen Theory, Attachment Theory, and Psychodynamic Relational Approaches to work effectively with both the gridlocked interactions that couples present, and the developmental/relational histories that each partner brings into their couple relationship. We endorse an approach that is flexibly tailored to the particular needs of each couple. This workshop will offer an introductory understanding of our Integrative Approach. We will be focusing on both theory and clinical intervention through lecture, video and in-class exercises with the goal of enhancing the skill set of therapists to work at a deeper level with couples.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical

Instructor: Daniel Goldberg, PhD
Sandra Sinicropi, LCSW
Date: Sunday, October 22, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
390 George St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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The Attachment Theory Base of the Integrative Approach

ID: 5242

Attachment theory provides therapists with a vital perspective on the workings of two-person relationships. Using attachment theory as a lens for understanding bonding and intimacy, this workshop will introduce participants to secure and insecure attachment styles, and to how these can be observed and addressed in couples therapy. Skills for encouraging secure bonding interactions, including constructive emotional expression and the sharing of vulnerability, will be introduced and rehearsed. Attention will be given to addressing negative cycles of anger and blame, and to identifying the attachment injuries which underlie them. Lectures, group discussion, role play, and group exercises will be employed.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical

Instructor: Ellie Muska, LCSW
Susan D'Aloia, LCSW
Nancy Hicks, PsyD
Date: Sunday, February 11, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
390 George St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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The Family Systems Base of the Integrative Approach

ID: 5241

The goal of this workshop is to enhance the skill set of therapists to work at a deeper level with couples, utilizing a family systems perspective. We will look at key concepts such as complementarity, distance regulation patterns, partner fit, and interactional feedback loops. Drawing specifically from Bowen Systems Theory well also address the important ideas of: tracking systemic process; the family of origin context; intergenerational transmission of affect, triangles; the controversial concept of differentiation of self, and a stage perspective on couples conflict. Plenty of time will be spent examining assessment and interventions with video and group exercises. *Please note this is a daylight savings change day.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical

Instructor: Tom Johnson, EdD, LCSW
Susan Stein, LCSW
Date: Sunday, November 5, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
390 George St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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The Relational Base of the Integrative Approach

ID: 5243

A basic goal of couples therapy is to help therapists foster a couples ability to think about their experience in a relational and bidirectional perspective as opposed to the perspective of two separate individuals caught in a blaming cycle in which one partner is the villain and the other is the victim. Through restructuring the couples interaction in the room, the therapist helps the couple recognize the relational dramas they re-enact over and over again with each other helping them to become more flexible, compassionate, and intimate in the relationship. The therapist must be an active participant in co-creating safety, reducing threat, and engendering self and relational reflectiveness. This workshop will address the important concepts and interventions in this approach through lecture and practice-oriented exercises.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical

Instructor: Daniel Goldberg, PhD
Sandra Sinicropi, LCSW
Date: Sunday, March 25, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
390 George St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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