Many practitioners consider couples therapy the most demanding form of therapy that they do.
Emotions are heightened, unwanted confrontations often occur, and tough issues that an individual client could keep mum about become unavoidable when a partner brings them out into the open. That’s probably why workshops about couples therapy are among the most popular on this year’s Symposium program.
Here are the Top 5 2013 Symposium workshops on couples. Do any of them address issues that you find challenging in your work?
5. The “New” Infidelity. Is there anything technology can’t do? It not only allows you to shop in your pajamas and instantly find information on every topic imaginable, but it also blurs the lines of what is considered “cheating.” Janis Abrahms Spring will focus on what we’ve learned about cyberaffairs and how to rebuild trust after digital infidelity has occurred.
4. Integrative Couples Therapy. Integrative approaches are looming larger and larger on the psychotherapy horizon. Jette Simon believes that bringing together two of the field’s most popular couples approaches, Imago Relationship Therapy and Emotional Focused Therapy, can enhance the power of couples work.
3. One Couple, Two Therapists. Here’s your chance to see two well-known therapists work with the same couples. You’ll see a video of how Richard Schwartz and Terry Real, with strikingly contrasting styles, address the same couple.
2. Couples on the Brink. The stakes are high when a couple contemplating divorce walks into your office. Divorcebuster Michele Weiner-Davis will focus on techniques for increasing the chance that polarized partners will give each other a second chance.
1. The Neuroscience of Couples Therapy. In this highly unusual session, noted couples therapist Susan Johnson and neuroscientist James Coan will review a video of a couples session to show how neurobiological insights can inform a therapist’s decision making.