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Couples Therapy: Counterintuitive Approaches to Working More Effectively

4 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $39.00

Developed by Marty Klein, Ph.D.

This course includes materials consisting of:

Transcripts are available for ALL MP3s in pdf format.

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General Course Description

Most people who enter couples counseling have already tried many methods of resolution. Some couples arrive in therapy with one partner dragging the other, some are on the brink of divorce, and others are trying to recover from an affair. Couples typically appear with entrenched arguments, unhealthy power dynamics, and painful histories. In this context, the therapist's job is to help couples find clarity, productive communication, a shared vision, and a way to move forward without blaming each other for the mess they've developed. For some couples, clarity ultimately leads to separation. For others, it gives them a chance to function cooperatively as adults for the first time. A wide range of outcomes is possible when a couple walks into therapy, making couples counseling a complex and rich area of work.

This intermediate-level course is composed of four audios of live presentations by the engaging Dr. Marty Klein, esteemed sexuality expert, award-winning author, and veteran couples therapist. These audios cover the topics of power, conflict, agency, vocabulary, skills, modeling, and many others. The course also includes a text article on recovering from affairs in therapy. Transcripts are available for the audio materials.

"If you can't have a great relationship with someone you love, who are you going to have it with?"
- Dr. Marty Klein

Educational Objectives

This course will teach psychotherapists to:

1.    Identify communication patterns in couples that undermine intimacy and satisfaction.

2.    Demonstrate healthy meta conversations during therapy.

3.    Organize clients' vocabulary through the use of skillful questions.

4.    Conduct therapy with clients recovering from an affair.

Course Syllabus

Communication

  • Identifying patterns
  • Helping clients hear each other
  • Defining and encouraging honesty

Conflict

  • Ground rules
  • Life after the fight

Agency

  • Helping clients understand their choices
  • Shift from "what happened" to "what did you do"
  • Shape clients' vocabularies

Power

  • Power dynamics in the relationship
  • Avoiding therapist unintentional participation in power dynamics

Skills

  • Letting go of scripts
  • Identifying skills to learn

Affairs

  • Regaining trust
  • Deciding the future of the relationship
  • Managing the public story

Resources

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