Via recorded webinar
Dealing with couples is often fraught with confusion, difficulty and trepidation. Most graduate programs do not adequately equip therapists to effectively work with couples. It’s only through specialized training, supervision and the honing of skills that one can develop into a successful couples counselor.
This course is geared towards those who have completed the first level of our training on Couples Counseling or for therapists with some experience in working with couples. It will cover a brief review of general challenges of working with couples, marriage and divorce foundational perspectives as well as some of the most popular couples’ modalities. We will then develop themes of how to motivate clients to make lasting change, how to discuss and treat sexual issues and how to create evidence-based treatment plans.
The training will focus on the works of psychologist and sex therapist Dr. David Schnarch, PhD, inventor of Crucible Therapy, as well as psychiatrist and sex therapist Dr. Stephen Snyder, MD, author of Love Worth Making.We will cover effective ways to engage with couples and how to help each see their part of the problem as well as the solution.
We will conclude with a demonstration in how to troubleshoot the top ten gridlock or difficult situations that occur when working with couples. Therapists will gain actionable and empowering evidence-based skills to bring to the couple’s sessions and to effect lasting changes.
Original recording date: February 20, 2020 Length: 189 minutes
Upon the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Describe and implement least three evidence-based couples counseling interventions.
- Discuss foundations of sex therapy, theory, practice and the boundaries of competency.
- Navigate 10 gridlock or difficult situations that occur in the course of couples counseling.
- Collaborate with clients in creating effective treatment plans that lead to lasting success and fulfillment as individuals and as a couple.
Sources and Resources (click to expand)
Brody, M. (2015). Stop the Fight!: An Illustrated Guide for Couples on How to Identify and Prevent the 12 Most Common Arguments and Build a Relationship that Lasts. New York, NY: The Experiment, LLC.
Doherty, W. J., & Harris, S. M. (2017). Helping Couples on the Brink of Divorce: Discernment Counseling for Troubled Relationships. Washington, District of Columbia: American Psychological Association.
England, D. (2009). The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship: How to Support Your Partner and Keep Your Relationship Healthy. Avon, MA: Adams Media.
Fruzzetti, A. E. (2006). The High-Conflict Couple: A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Guide to Finding Peace, Intimacy & Validation. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.
Gottman, J. M., & Silver, N. (2015). The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert. New York: Harmony Books.
Gurman, A. S., Lebow, J. L., & Snyder, D. K. (Eds.). (2015). Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy, Fifth Edition. New York: The Guilford Press.
Kallos-Lilly, V., & Fitzgerald, J. R. (2015). An Emotionally Focused Workbook for Couples: The Two of Us. New York: Routledge.
O’Leary, K. D., Heyman, R. E., & Jongsma, A. E. (2015). The Couples Psychotherapy Treatment Planner with DSM-5 Updates. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Nagoski, E. P. H. D. (2015). Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Synder, S. (2019). Love Worth Making: How to Have Ridiculously Great Sex in a Long-Lasting Relationship. New York: St. Martins Griffin.Schnarch, D. M. (2018). Brain Talk: How Mind Mapping Brain Science Can Change Your Life & Everyone In It. Evergreen, CO: Sterling Publishers.
Schnarch, D. M. (1991). Constructing the Sexual Crucible: An Integration of Sexual and Marital Therapy. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.
Wile, D. B. (2008). After the Honeymoon: How Conflict Can Improve Your Relationship. Oakland, CA: Collaborative Couple Therapy Books.
3 CE recorded webinar contact hour(s)
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