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Imago Telecourse Schedule

PRESENTER TOPIC DATE TIME
Nedra Fetterman, PhD;
Herb Tannenbaum, PhD
Clinical Pathways to Relational Resiliency: From Rupture to Rapture July 14, 21 & 28, 2016  1 – 2pm

 

Clinical Pathways to Relational Resiliency: From Rupture to Rapture

Dates:
July 14, 21 & 28, 2016

Time:
1 – 2pm Eastern Time

Platform:
Zoom

CEs:
3 APA, IMAGO

Cost:
Imago Member or Trainee – $135
Non-Imago member Therapist – $165

Summary:

For many couples, genuine partnership is an uphill climb. It is especially arduous when one or both partners have experienced early interpersonal trauma. The unmet needs, misperceptions, anxiety, distrust and unresolved conflict that characterize couples in distress are often the result of the unconscious recreation of this early “familiar love”. When boundaries are blurred or fused, legitimate longings and needs are shamed and there is an over reliance on defenses to manage disappointment and intense affect, the therapist needs a solid frame for therapy, a clear focus and a practical map of the way forward.

In this three hour webinar we have drawn together ideas from Imago and Object Relations Theory as well as the practical wisdom of Relational Neuroscience to shed light on how to help couples in distress forge a more resilient, positive and satisfying bond. Common to all three paradigms is the idea of differentiation and helping couples move from repetitive, painful and undifferentiated responses to one another to responses that are empathic, connected, more attuned and differentiated. This requires helping couples learn skills of self-other and internal differentiation, as well as learning how to process and regulate powerful emotions together as a team as well as on their own.

The intent of this course is to discuss and describe specific steps to take with couples so that they can become more resilient in the face of  painful affect and unmet attachment longings. Therapist resiliency is also a focus of this course!

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define resiliency, describe characteristics of a resilient couple and discuss the dynamics of resiliency
  • Participants will learn how to apply a relational neuroscience paradigm to couples therapy and how to share the wisdom of brain science with their clients
  • Participants will learn and be able to use specific skills that will help couples co-regulate and individuals to self-regulate especially when it comes to the powerful affects that get triggered between intimate and committed partners
  • Participants will learn when and how to apply specific skills (re-imaging, limbic system therapy, attending to the precious present) to help couples move from the neurobiological toxic state of shame to more attuned states that balance  a couple’s emotional energy and support secure attachment
  • Participants will explore the skills and techniques for remaining resilient with couples that are challenging for them