Inthis workshop, we’ll discuss a spiritual-cognitive-relational model of work with couples and families facing critical medical issues. You’ll learn how to help couples and families stay connected and intimate while managing differences and conflicts, face the uncertainty of treatment and possibility of death, and effectively negotiate medical support. The presenter will demonstrate a wide variety of approaches therapists can use to help couples and families support one another and respect each other’s coping strategies. We’ll discuss how to identify the common issues that can arise when working with medical problems and review the pros and cons of different treatment modalities, including support groups, couples therapy, couples group therapy, family therapy, and multi-family group therapy.
David Treadway, Ph.D., is director of the Treadway Training Institute. He’s the author of Home Before Dark: First Year with Cancer and Intimacy, Change, and Other Therapeutic Mysteries: Stories of Clinicians and Clients.