Working with couples makes for challenging but also rewarding clinical practice. In this fascinating couples webcast series we invited some well known colleagues to discuss a range of common themes faced by therapists working with struggling couples. Discover new approaches from some of the world's leading couples therapists. Find out how to work with some common themes experienced by therapists with some of the world's leading practitioners in this new couples webcast series 'Contemporary approaches to psychotherapy with couples'.
This online program is worth 6 hours CPD.
Dr Mona D. Fishbane, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, is Director of Couple Therapy Training at the Chicago Center for Family Health. She is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and member of the Advisory Board for the journal Family Process. Mona lectures nationally and internationally, and has published numerous articles on couple therapy and neurobiology. She has been the recipient of honors and fellowships, mostly recently a grant from the Templeton Foundation. Mona’s book, Loving with the Brain in Mind: Neurobiology & Couple Therapy (2013), is part of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology. www.monafishbane.com
Dr Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. is a couple’s therapist with over 40 years of experience as a therapist, educator, clinical trainer, author and lecturer. He and his wife, Helen LaKelly Hunt, co-created Imago Relationship Therapy, a therapy for couples now practiced by over 2000 certified therapists in 30 countries. Dr. Hendrix and his wife have co-authored ten books on intimate relationships and parenting, including their most recent book Making Marriage Simple. Referred to by Oprah Winfrey as the “Marriage Whisperer,” Dr. Hendrix has been featured on the Oprah show 18 times.
Dr Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D. has been an important partner to her husband, Dr. Harville Hendrix, both in the evolution of Imago Theory and the growth of Imago’s global organizational infrastructure. Dr. Hunt has also been active within the women’s movement, helping to catalyze and grow the area of women’s philanthropy.
Robert Hudson is Psychotherapist, Sex and Relationship Therapist and a Sexual Addiction Specialist and Supervisor. He is Founder and Clinical Director of the Hudson Centre for Psychotherapy and Recovery in the Centre of London, a recognised therapy centre for treating individual and couples experiencing trauma, sex addiction, sex therapy, love addiction and couple counselling. www.thehudsoncentre.co.uk.
Dr Sue Johnson is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and one of the leading innovators in the field of couple therapy. She is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 25 years of peer-reviewed clinical research. Her most recent book, Love Sense, The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships outlines the new logical understanding of why and how we love – based on new scientific evidence and cutting-edge research. Explaining that romantic love is based on an attachment bond, Dr. Johnson shows how to develop our “love sense” – our ability to develop long-lasting relationships. Sue Johnson is founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, as well as Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Canada.
Judi Keshet-Orr is a consultant psychosexual and relationship psychotherapist. She has over 30 years of clinical, teaching, mentoring and supervisory experience and has been awarded Fellowship of both COSRT and the National Council of Psychotherapists. Judi has co-founded several successful organisations and training programmes, these include The Incest Intervention Project, CPPD, and the COSRT-approved course at the Whittington Hospital NHS Trust. With Bernd Leygraf she co-authored and led the MSc in Humanistic Psychotherapy and Psychosexual & Relationship Psychotherapy courses. She also co-authored and led the Master's programmes at London's South Bank and Middlesex Universities in psychotherapy and psychosexual therapy. For many years Judi was actively involved with BASRT (now COSRT) and AHPP (UKCP member organisations).
Margaret Ramage is a Sexual and Relationship Psychotherapist with 30 years' experience of working in the NHS and private practice. She was Co-Director of the St Georges' Hospital Medical School Course for MSc in Human Sexuality, the first medical school based training of its type in the UK. Her publications have mostly been on topics related to women’s sexuality and sexual problems. She has trained in Systemic Family Therapy, Somatic Trauma Psychotherapy and Family Constellations and works with infidelity from a variety of perspectives. New developments in neuroscience frequently refresh her approaches. She is a Fellow and a past Chair of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists.
Professor Peter Stratton is a Systemic Psychotherapist and psychologist with broad research interests and substantial involvement in statutory processes that affect the provision of psychotherapy. His own research includes development of an outcome measure for families in therapy (the SCORE project); the effects of basing training on concepts of active learning and the dialogical construction of self; the relationships of humour and creativity during psychotherapy; attributional analyses of family causal beliefs and blaming; public attitudes to terrorism by combining attributional coding with metaphor analysis; and fostering practitioner research networks. His current positions include: Joint - Editor of Human Systems; Academic and Research Development Officer for the Association for Family Therapy; Chair of the UKCP Research Faculty; Chair of European Family Therapy Association Research Committee.
Session 1: Understanding intimacy in the couple relationship
with Dr Harville Hendrix
Learn how to:
- Help couples move past the anxiety which often stops them deepening intimacy
- Facilitate couples to create a safe container for risk taking and emotional learning
- Turn conflicts into an opportunity for repair
- Help clients grow beyond childhood relational adaptions
Session 2: The neurobiology of couple reactivity
with Dr Mona Fishbane
Discover how to:
- Identify neurobiological processes underlying couple reactivity
- Utilise interventions that increase prefrontal thoughtfulness and decrease limbic reactivity
- Facilitate clients’ emotion regulation and empathy
- Enhance transformation, with an understanding of neuroplasticity
Session 3: Working with sex addiction in the couple relationship
with Robert Hudson
- The nature and impact of sex addiction and compulsivity.
- The impact of sex addiction and compulsivity on the partner.
- How to understand the trauma of the discovery and manage the crisis.
- How to deal with the emotional aftershock
- Next steps.
Session 4: How attachment affects the relationship
with Dr Sue Johnson
You'll be able to:
- Understand the key concepts of attachment theory and the map to healthy relationships it offers
- Understand the EFT model and how change occurs in this model
- List EFT interventions and how they shape corrective bonding events
- Understand how attachment styles affects communication
Session 5: Couples in conflict
with Judi Keshet-Orr
- What to do when couples are engaging in a divorce agenda (or any agenda)
- High risk behaviors
- Contracting and managing confidentiality conflicts (e.g. arising when the therapist meets partners separately)
- Domestic violence issues
Session 6: Parenting and the family connection
with Professor Peter Stratton
You'll learn how to:
- Discover common family issues that affect the couple relationship
- Understand how these can affect the family system
- Discover new ways of working
- Enable families to form a renewed family connection
Session 7: Infidelity
with Margaret Ramage
You'll learn how to:
- Identify a range of factors which may lead to infidelity in couples
- Facilitate the couple through the crisis of disclosure and the ensuing turmoil
- Bring couples to an understanding of the meaning of the infidelity for them and their relationship, and the process of recovery
- Enable couples to form renewed intimate connection, with techniques to retain their connection and support them in that for the future
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