Advanced CE - Making Couples Therapy Work, National Institute for the Psychotherapies, Saturday, 30. May 2020

Making Couples Therapy Work
Today, half of all marriages end in divorce and, of those couples who remain together, half say they are unhappy, even miserable. While individual psychotherapy is generally felt to be helpful by the majority of its users, traditional marriage counseling has not fared so well. Several studies have found that only some 30-35% of people have found this kind of therapy to be helpful in the long run, where it really counts. How can we, as clinicians, improve this situation? In this workshop, Dr. Grayson will draw on his extensive knowledge of disruption in relationships to help participants diagnose the particular missing elements within the problems presented by their clients. Putting aside the surface considerations of what we know about relationships, Dr. Grayson will identify some of the major underlying causes of relationship problems- issues that result in internal blocks to affective connectedness and expression, the internal blocks to loving.
Beginning with genetic contributions and then moving to the earliest days of life examined by Bowlby and others, Dr. Grayson will discuss specific developmental issues that frequently find expression in later relational problems. He will focus particularly on childhood “downloads” from parents who did not know how to be more consistently loving and on traumatic dissociated experiences that remain active, shaping our ways of presenting ourselves to others as well as the kind of partner we inevitably attract. Drawing on years of experience working with couples, he will discuss how belief systems, silently formed by early experience and often completely out of our awareness, actively shape our image of ourselves and of our partners, and define our sense of what constitutes love, often in a distorted or unhelpful way. Thought patterns, again often shaped by trauma, are also implicated in relationship difficulties as, in trying to resolve their differences, partners unknowingly repeatedly recycle through the same unhelpful responses and “dead- end” discussions. A central feature of this seminar will be on helping the clinician learn new and effective tools that can enable the couple to release the problematic hold of these disruptive issues on their connection with one another. Attention will be given to one of the most problematic initial roadblocks to helping couples: one partner’s avoidance of a genuine participation in the process by demanding that the “other” person change. Clinical approaches to this kind of avoidance as well as ways of engaging the two most common fears of couples- a fear of losing the other or of losing the self will be emphasized.
Clinical dilemmas of workshop participants will be welcome.
Learning Objectives
1. To define possible causes of relationship problems2. To identify and work with negative thought patterns in Couples Therapy.3. To be able to understand and employ clinical tools for aiding in the release of early relational programming.
Dr. Henry Grayson, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst and couples therapist in private practice in New York City and in Westport, Conn. He is the founder of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies and the author of many books including The New Physics of Love, Mindful Loving and Your Power to Heal. He lectures nationally on issues of love relationships and healing.
Continuing Education
This event is approved for 4.0 CE contact hours for psychologists, social workers, and licensed psychoanalysts:
The National Institute for the Psychotherapies is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education credits for psychologists. The National Institute for the Psychotherapies maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
The National Institute for the Psychotherapies 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-0018.
The National Institute for the Psychotherapies is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts #Psyan-0004.
Personalized CE certificates will be distributed at the end of this event. Due to New York State requirements, persons arriving more than 15 minutes late or leaving more than 15 minutes early will not receive a CE certificate.
Early Registration$100 general public$85 NIPPA members$65 candidates & students
General Registration$125 general public$110 NIPPA members$90 candidates & students
Refunds, & Cancellation PolicyCancellation requests made more than a week prior to the event will be given a full refund of registration fees. Refunds will not be granted for cancellation requests made within a week of the event or for no-shows on the day of the event.

Saturday, 30. May 2020, National Institute for the Psychotherapies, Advanced CE - Making Couples Therapy Work

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