Working with Couples - a Gestalt model - November 2-3, 2018


Working with Couples - a Gestalt model - November 2-3, 2018


Date: November 2-3, 2018
Time: Friday, 9:00am-6:00pm (break between 12:30pm-2:00pm);
Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm (break between 12:30pm-2:00pm)

Tuition: $322.58
Early Bird: $280.50 (before 9/21/2018) - use promo code: couples18

Continuing Education (CE): 13.75 contact hours

Location: Gestalt Institute of Cleveland

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Alan Federman, MA
Martina Moore, MA, PhD

Many therapists are uncomfortable working with couples because of the intense emotions and conflict they can bring into the therapy room.  Yet conflict, if handled well, can be a path to a couple developing deeper intimacy and understanding of themselves and each other.

This workshop is designed to help you identify the patterns that couples develop that get in the way of their ability to develop intimacy, and provide them with alternative ways of interacting that are more rewarding.  You will learn how to help your couples avoid replaying their arguments in your office with the same, unsatisfying results by learning to self-correct when they get off the path of constructive engagement.

Couples turn to therapy because they have lost faith in their ability to resolve issues successfully.  There are few greater rewards in therapy than seeing a couple apply their newfound skills to regain their confidence in their ability to communicate over difficult issues and reach deeper understanding and connection. 

This workshop will combine didactic and experiential opportunities to develop the ability to both identify couple's patterns as they manifest in the session and intervene to produce more satisfying outcomes.  This workshop is appropriate for all levels of mental health professionals.

Learning Objectives
Participants completing this workshop will be able to:

  • Recognize the couple as a system;
  • Point out counter-productive couples patterns;
  • Explore unspoken agendas;
  • Relate the frequently omitted elements of good communication;
  • Develop skills to intervene on system level;
  • Discover how to avoid escalating conflicts;
  • Employ ways couples can use to re-connect with common goals; and
  • Illustrate a process for helping couples to regain trust.