CC15 Workshop 04 - Rethinking Couples Therapy: Innovative Approaches to Love, Sex, and Infidelity - Esther Perel, MA, LMFT
Through case examples, Esther Perel will show how to effectively engage such issues as intimacy, sexuality and infidelity by creating separate spaces where each partner can explore his/her feelings and experiences along with larger relationship dynamics. We will show how to navigate privacy and secrecy, honesty and transparency, stage interventions around sexual impasses, and structure a safe and flexible therapeutic environment to work effectively with infidelity.
CC15 Workshop 05 - The Long and Bumpy Road to Recovery: Restoring Trust and Love in Shattered Relationships - Alexandra Katehakis, MA, MFT
Sex addiction destroys trust in relationships, traumatizing the partner, the sex addict, and the family system. Relational trauma left untreated will have both parties and the entire system crumbling. Attunement, communication, and empathy (ACE) are the threepronged stool that supports the long, and sometimes arduous, journey to restoring trust. The goal is to recognize the signs of relational trauma in both parties, and compare the difference between relational trauma and co-dependence
CC15 Workshop 06 - Lies and Deception: The Deep Pit Couples Fall Into When Differentiation Fails - Ellyn Bader, PhD and Sue Diamond Potts, MA, RCC
Everybody lies. Some lies are loving and harmless. But, others are enormously destructive. Couples’ patterns of deception often begin innocently but end in couples destroying the love they once had. Self- deception, conflict avoidance and felony lies all undermine commitment and connection. Learn to identify and disrupt deception, confront evasiveness and hypocrisy and facilitate differentiation.
CC15 Workshop 07 - The Passion Paradox: Can You Really Love an Other? - Pat Love, EdD
While we love those deep, intimate conversations that bring us close together and join our spirits, what role does difference play in passion? Come explore this and other questions related to relational happiness. We will identify two empathic systems, and understand the role of dopamine in intimate relationships.
CC15 Workshop 08 - Working with Mixed Agenda Couples in Discernment Counseling - William Doherty, PhD
How to work with partners who are leaning in difference directions about staying together and trying therapy. Learn core techniques and see a video demonstration of how to work confidently with these challenging couples. You will learn the key pathways offered couples in Discernment Counseling.
CC15 Workshop 09 - Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence - Esther Perel, MA, LMFT
Why does great sex so often fade for couples who claim to love each other as much as ever? Why doesn’t good intimacy guarantee good sex? When you love , how does it feel and when you Desire how is it different? Loss of Desire brings many people into our offices. It is the prime sexual complaint that leads relational unhappiness, infidelity and even divorce. For the most part, sexuality has been relegated to sex therapy and couple therapy has been a desexualized practice. Yet, love in our digital age puts sex at the center of couples’ lives.
CC15 Workshop 10 - Marital First Responders: A New Way to Engage Communities of Support for Couples - William Doherty, PhD
People turn to friends and family long before they go to a couples therapist. Marital First Responders is a new training program for people who are natural confidants on relationship problems: people turn to them for support and perspective. Learn what the training involves, tune your skills in being a confidant in your own social world, and see if you’d like to teach this course in your community.
CC15 Workshop 12 - Is it Love, or is it Addiction? - Pat Love, EdD
This workshop will explore the fine line between love and addiction. Therapeutic strategies and questions will be explored, and you will learn three predictors of compulsion/ addiction.
CC15 Workshop 13 - A New Approach to Start Therapy with Dysfunctional Couples - Peter Pearson, PhD
Conventional approaches begin with: What brings you here? How can I help? What are your objectives? These are great questions for individuals but they are toxic for dysfunctional couples. Their responses will get you a truckload of cross complaints. After ten minutes nobody is feeling great.
CC15 Workshop 14 - Experiential Approaches to Couples Therapy - Jeffrey Zeig, PhD
Milton Erickson was one of the earliest people to work in Brief Therapy model with couples. This workshop will describe advanced advantages of using experiential methods with couples, including enactment technique and sculpting, lecture, demonstration, and small group practice.