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NP006 Couples Therapy: Today and Tomorrow

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NP006, Couples, Bonus Session, John Gottman


As the final, bonus session in the Couples Therapy: Today and Tomorrow series, John Gottman, renowned for his breakthrough research on marriage and parenting, will explore how couples can be there for each other, despite inevitable difficulties and differences. Gottman will cover the core skills in the three primary contexts of a couple’s relationship, methods to help couples develop attunement skills, ways to interrupt destructive relational cycles, and more.

After this presentation, please take a few minutes to reflect on what was striking to you about this particular session, how it fits in with the series in its entirety, and how you feel after participating in this couples therapy course and hearing such diverse perspectives. What do you think was most interesting or made the most sense? What questions remain for you? Do you have any relevant experiences to share?

We encourage you to comment on this session and about the series as a whole, as this kind of engagement and participation is central to deeper learning and understanding. Thank you for your participation, and we hope you come away from this course with a better sense of where the couples therapy field is and where it might be going in the future.

07.11.2011   Posted In: NP006 Couples Therapy: Today and Tomorrow   By Psychotherapy Networker

Couples, Session 5, Michele Weiner-Davis


Welcome to the fifth session in Couples Therapy: Today and Tomorrow. In this session with Michele Weiner-Davis, a leading expert on divorce and couples therapy, she’ll go over a step-by-step approach to helping couples heal from infidelities.

She’ll explore how to deal with intense emotions in sessions, how much to encourage partners’ disclosure of the details of the affair, how to help couples rebuild trust, and how to help couples in which affairs are ongoing.

Please take a few moments after the session to reflect on what you’ve learned, share relevant experiences, or ask any questions. We encourage you to take the time to comment and to respond to other participants’ comments as a way of further engaging in the material and with each other.

07.05.2011   Posted In: NP006 Couples Therapy: Today and Tomorrow   By Psychotherapy Networker

NP006, Couples, Session 4, Sue Johnson


Welcome to Session 4 of Couples Therapy Today and Tomorrow with Sue Johnson, the originator of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). In this session, Johnson will explore the basic principles of EFT, the most empirically validated approach to couples work.

Johnson will discuss how attachment theory informs the dynamics of couples’ issues, how to develop a systematic treatment plan to intervene with couples, how to restore a sense of calm in couples relationships, and how to interrupt destructive cycles in relationships.

We encourage you to participate in the Comment Board as a forum to reflect on what you’ve learned and to share any relevant experiences with couples therapy, discuss what was most interesting to you, and ask any questions you may have. Thank you for your participation and for your comments, as the Comment Boards are an extremely important part of the webcast experience.


06.27.2011   Posted In: NP006 Couples Therapy: Today and Tomorrow   By Psychotherapy Networker

NP006, Couples, 3, Harville Hendrix


Welcome to Session 3 of Couples Therapy: Today and Tomorrow with Harville Hendrix. In this session, Hendrix, the co-developer of Imago Relationship Theory and the co-founder of Imago Relationship International, will delve into the basic principles of the Imago approach to authentic connection between couples.

Hendrix will discuss how to help the resistance to love that was founded in childhood experiences, how to help partners learn to heal wounds from each other’s childhoods, the basic skills of mirroring and empathy, and how couples can validate each other—even when they disagree.

We encourage you to use the Comment Boards as a vehicle for reflection and discussion with each other and with the presenters, to bring up any relevant thoughts or questions. What was most striking to you about this session? 

06.20.2011   Posted In: NP006 Couples Therapy: Today and Tomorrow   By Psychotherapy Networker

NP006, Couples, Session 2, Terry Real


Welcome to the second session in Couples Therapy Today and Tomorrow—“The New Rules of 21st-Century Marriage: Toughness, Truth, and Tenderness” with relationship and gender expert Terry Real.

In this session, he’ll discuss how to help couples develop the skills necessary to achieve the high level of connection and emotional intimacy that many desire. He’ll go over how to deal with the differences between what men and women bring to relationships, how to identify that strategies that disrupt relationships, how to present blunt truths, and much more.

We encourage you to use the Comment Board as a way to engage with each other and the presenters in this course, to share what you felt was most interesting, to ask any questions you may have, and to reflect on what you’ve learned. What was most relevant for you in this session with Terry Real?

06.13.2011   Posted In: NP006 Couples Therapy: Today and Tomorrow   By Psychotherapy Networker

NP006, Couples, Session 1, William Doherty


Welcome to the relaunched series of New Perspectives on Practice: Couples Therapy Today and Tomorrow. This practical, nuts-and-bolts first session with William Doherty, a seasoned couples therapist, will explore the most common mistakes therapists make in treating couples, and will provide strategies for how to avoid making these errors. Doherty will go over the most common obstacles to effective couples therapy, how to best structure couples’ sessions, how not to undermine a couple’s commitment, and much more.

In the inaugural series, course participants used the Comment Boards as a way to share what they thought was most relevant or interesting from the sessions, and to ask questions of the presenters and of each other.  It often led to back-and-forth discussions between course participants and presenters. We invite you to use the Comment Boards in the same way, after each session and after completing the course.

What was most striking about this session with William Doherty? Did this session bring up any similar experiences? Any questions? We encourage everyone to use the Comment Boards as a forum for reflection, thoughts, and questions. Thanks so much for your participation, and welcome to this extremely relevant and lively series!

06.07.2011   Posted In: NP006 Couples Therapy: Today and Tomorrow   By Psychotherapy Networker

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