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Would your practice benefit from learning new techniques for individuals and couples therapy?

The Couples College offers continuing education (CEU) workshops for counselors on topics important for working successfully with couples.

The Power of Friendship First

Reducing Risk for Divorce in Couples Therapy

Workshop led by  Murray Dabby LCSW

One of the mistakes we make as therapists when dealing with couples in conflict is to insufficiently evaluate the strength of friendship. Based on John Gottman’s work, treating conflict without first addressing friendship frequently leaves the couple and the therapist frustrated and the process unmoved or leads to divorce. In order for couples to successfully work together, individuals need to feel a sense of being liked, influential, understood, respected and cared for. Without this, the couple may be experiencing negative sentiment; they don’t recognize any thing good in their partner, they see the relationship as toxic or harmful, and partners feel continual distrust and a sense of betrayal about their dream of relationship. In addition, the attempts to work on conflict without friendship is potentially harmful to the relationship and stalls therapy.  
 
Workshop Goals:
  • Understand the foundation of friendship as a precondition for dealing with couples in distress
  • Understand the signs that friendship is no longer functioning in partnership
  • Teach couples the importance of friendship as a tool for overcoming or tempering marital issues
  • Gain skills for reigniting friendship, admiration and affection, and learning the power of being influential in partnership
Sign up now for the next workshop: 
Friday, November 9, 2018 
9:30 am to 12:45 pm
Workshop Cost:
$90 early registration (before 10/26/2018)
$105 (10/26 and later)
 

3 CEU Credits

Stop Fighting in My Office!

Managing Conflict In SessionWorkshop led by Murray Dabby LCSWWhen you feel like yelling “Stop!” at the couple in your office who are arguing…againWhen the couple in your office won’t let you help them because they won’t stop fightingThis workshop will give you the tools and skills to manage embattled couples in your session. Didactic, discussion, supervision, exercises and video examples will be used.Workshop Goals:

  • Identify and name hidden agendas that already exist in the relationship

  • Understand why negative sentiment and poor communication skills create attack-defend cycles

  • Stop an attack-defend cycle in the session and teach your clients how to stop it at home

  • Set boundaries so the couple can hear each other and you

  • Teach positive sentiment and its value to conflict

3 CEU Credits
Sign up now for the next workshop: 
Friday, February 22, 2019 
9:30 am to 12:45 pm 

Workshop Cost:
$80 early registration (by February 8)
$95 (after February 8)

Working with Couple's Resistance to Therapeutic Change

Led by Allison Caffyn, LPC 

When the couple seems stuck and unable to move forward.

When negativity is all they bring to their sessions.

This workshop will give you the skills to move highly resistant couples out of their entrenched positions  and into the possibility and excitement of recovery, healing, friendship and rediscovered passion and commitment.

Workshop Goals:

  • Understand the therapeutic value of rebuilding friendship in highly entrenched couples
  • Define gridlock and educate couples about chronic long-term conflicts
  • Techniques for
    • Teaching couples to understand and hear their differences in values, beliefs and symbols that underlie the conflict
    • Teaching couples to open and explore dreams and why we become stuck and hurt when dreams are not met
    • Teaching couples the path to overcoming resentment, rediscovering love after deep-seated anger and conflict
    • Teaching the principle of trust and commitment

Sign up now for the next workshop:
Friday, March 22, 2019
9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Workshop Cost:
$125 early registration (by 3/8)
$145 (after 3/8)

5 CEU Credits

The Power to Move Stuck Couples

Seeing the Difference between Normal Conflict and Significant Distress in Couples Therapy

Led by Murray Dabby, LCSW

As couples therapists, we often face the challenge of recognizing what is a permanent issue for the couple and what is movable through compromise and simple behavioral change in partnership. Without this perspective, we can get caught up in offering potential solutions and advice that won’t work. The work can become circular, stuck and frustrating both for the therapist and the couple. Learning to identify what is normal conflict as distinct from significant distress is critical to help clients move beyond the gridlock they experience. This workshop will draw on the research and practice of John and Julie Gottman, as well as the work of Terry Real.

Workshop Goals:

  • Understand the difference between distress vs conflict
  • Identify people with abusive behavior problems
  • Understand what is an ongoing chronic pattern in partnership based on values, beliefs, family history
  • Understand what is movable conflict that behavioral changes and compromise will resolve

Sign up now for the next workshop:
Friday, June 14, 2019
9:30 am to 12:45 pm

Workshop Cost:
$80 early registration (by May 31)
$95 (after May 31)

3 CEU credits

Attendees Share Their Thoughts

You are a true inspiration and have a wealth of expertise in this area! I'm so grateful you're sharing with others.

-Kerry, LPC

So well organized and relevant, applicable and interesting. Presenters were passionate and gifted teachers. Helpful both personally and professionally. 

So refreshing to meet local therapists who are knowledgeable and experienced. Learned so much. If you're willing to offer supervision in Gottman therapy again, lots of therapists will sign up!

-Mary, LPC

Highly involving, focused, competent trainers present material you can immediately use to enhance your work. Excellent training, whether you are a new clinician or have seen couples for years.

-John, MSW

As a therapist fairly new to couples work I found this workshop educational on how to structure work with couples and the impact of diagnosis on couples work. Thank you.

Corlette, social worker

I would recommend this workshop. The presenters were outstanding. I would love to come to anything else they might have in the future

- Sandy, psychotherapist

The knowledge of Murray and Allie was great, I would tell people to take this workshop and learn.

- Helen, psychotherapist

Lots of info in a short time.  I wish I would have done the longer course.

Hands on direct materials that I can bring to the couples with whom I work, yes I recommend!

- Lauren, counselor

I have been to many workshops over the years and this one was one of the best! I am excited to learn such simple and innovative ideas to use with my clients. I look forward to more offerings from you.

 

This was very informative and helpful even for my own marriage.

Very interesting, practical and useful. Great examples. Handouts were great. The handouts that are exercises to use with couples are very informative.

Excellent content. Great review in doings couples therapy. The Couples College is a very useful resource in a therapeutic environment where it is difficult to find therapists and training to refer couples to.

- Jack, psychotherapist and minister

Presenters were great and gave me a lot to think about

- Lois, social worker

Yes, would recommend this workshop to others. Enjoyed the presenters personable, self-disclosing style.

-Tori,  couples counselor

Great session! The presenters were great communicators, interesting, knowledgeable, humorous and engaging. Great practical and applicable information will use with married and unmarried couples right away.

-  Mary, Marriage and Family Therapist

New perspective when working with couples and it helped me for my own personal relationship.

- Stella, LPC