Clinical research in the area of relationships and couples therapy has come a long way in the last 50 years, with findings galore, absolutely ripe for integration into work with dyads and individuals alike. Although there exists prescriptive couples techniques developed by famous trainers over the years, comparatively little has been done to synthesize these findings and compile them into a helpful “toolbox” of techniques we can use to leverage these findings in our relationships work. In fact, very few trainings exist today that give clinicians helpful, skills-based, culturally adapted, and modern couples and relationships instruction based on a rich amalgamation of these 5+ decades of empirical research. Join Dr. Corey Petersen as she bridges this gap with you over two days of groundbreaking skills-based couples and relationships training, relevant for those who treat both couples and individuals with relationship issues. She’ll address the most common and destructive sources of relationship conflict and deliver actionable therapy tools that promote staying power and buffer against recurrent negative dynamics.
This workshop provides a unique and comprehensive introduction to couples therapy. Interwoven with influential relational models, clinicians will acquire practical tools and techniques to help couples build stronger, more fulfilling relationships. Attendees will learn how to apply these principles and techniques in their clinical practice, with an emphasis on assisting couples in improving their communication skills and deepening their emotional connection. The course will cover various topics, including intimacy, conflict, boundaries, and more. Through case studies, research, and activities, clinicians will be equipped with a comprehensive toolbox of knowledge and strategies to facilitate meaningful change and promote healthy, thriving relationships for their clients.
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This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:
a). Explore and discuss the most common reasons couples seek therapy services.
b). Describe the role of the therapist when meeting with couples.
c). Identify and describe the most common communication failures for relationship destruction.
d). Explore and practice interventions to help couples manage conflict and disagreements in a healthy and productive way.
e). Learn and practice interventions to help couples build a culture of appreciation and fondness in their relationship.
f). Learn and describe interventions to improve relationship connection and resiliency.
g). Identify and describe common relational “dialectics” and the strategies used to manage them to decrease dissatisfaction in relationships.
h). Describe the role of physical intimacy in healthy relationships and ways to help couples improve their physical connection.
i). Explore and discuss healthy and unhealthy strategies used in the integration of blended family systems.
j). Learn and describe how to help couples set and maintain healthy boundaries in their relationship.
k). Define and describe the concept of “Dyadic Coping” and how it impacts romantic relationships.
l). Identify and integrate major interpersonal communication theories to enhance clinical practice with couples.
The target audience for this event includes psychologists, social workers, counselors, MFT’s, and other clinical mental health professionals.
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Instructor(s): Corey Petersen, PhD, LCMFT
Material Author(s): Corey Petersen, PhD, LCMFT
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