Via recorded webinar
Mental health professionals often report that graduate and doctoral studies did not adequately prepare them for the difficulties of working with couples. In this couples counseling primer, participants will study the top 5 challenges involved with working with couples and how to preempt them and turn the coupling sessions into an opportunity for repair, connection and healthy relationship building.
This training will cover a general framework for working with couples and then go into details based on case studies. Best practices will be discussed and clinicians will learn 10 modalities for couples counseling, offering them a foundation upon which to build future counseling skills. Clinicians will learn about assessment, discernment, communication skills and 13 ingredients for a healthy relationship.
Modalities discussed include: Five Love Languages, CBT, Communication Skills, Gottman and Imago as well as Family Systems, EFT, Divorce Busting, IFS and Trauma. The course will include many case studies and practical applications for helping your clients reach their relationship goals.
Part 1: Introduction to couples counseling and 5 challenges
Part 2: Foundations and 5 Pitfalls
Part 3: Five Love Languages, CBT, Communication Skills, Gottman and Imago
Part 4: Family Systems, EFT, Divorce Busting, IFS and Trauma.
Part 5: Misc issues, special cases; Q & A
Original recording date: February 5, 2020 Length: 370 minutes
Upon the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Recite 5 challenges in working with couples
- Identify 3 goals for couples work
- Apply 5 evidence-based couples counseling interventions
- List 5 creative interventions for couples counseling.
- Describe the 13 ingredients of healthy relationships and how to apply them with clients.
- Utilize an evidence-based structure for couples counseling that includes assessment, individual and collective treatment plans, interventions, troubleshooting and follow up.
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.
Chapman, G. D. (2015). The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts. Chicago, IL: Northfield Publishing.
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., Gottman, J. S., Abrams, D., & Abrams, R. C. (2019). Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love. New York: Workman.
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.
Hendrix, H. (2019). Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples. St. Martins Press.
Johnson, S. M. (2019). Attachment Theory in Practice: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) With Individuals, Couples, and Families. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
Perel, E. (2007). Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence. New York: Harper.
Perel, E. (2018). The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity. New York: Harper.
Schwartz, R. C., & Sweezy, M. (2019). Internal Family Systems Therapy, Second Edition. New York: The Guilford Press.
Sexton, J. J. (2018). If You're in My Office, It's Already Too Late: A Divorce Lawyer's Guide to Staying Together. New York: Henry Holt and Company.
Synder, S. (2019). Love Worth Making: How to Have Ridiculously Great Sex in a Long-Lasting Relationship. New York: St. Martins Griffin.
Weiner-Davis, M. (1993). Divorce Busting: A Revolutionary and Rapid Program for Staying Together. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.
Wile, D. B. (2008). After The Honeymoon: How Conflict Can Improve Your Relationship. Oakland, CA: Collaborative Couple Therapy Books.
6 CE recorded webinar contact hour(s)
Core Wellness, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0569 and for mental health counselors, #MHC-0167. Note: Note: This course provides 6 contact hour(s) self-study credits. Core Wellness, LLC is authorized by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for all programs. Our credits are accepted via reciprocity by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Board of Psychologists. Please verify with your board.
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