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Open to psychotherapists, counselors, students and anyone interested in learning about working with relationships in psychotherapy. Join Bob Resnick and Rita Resnick for this film screening and discussion on moving from a fusion model to a connection model in couples therapy, and how to help couples move from stencils and templates to movement and process.

The Resnick Couples Therapy model explicitly deals with the Basic Human Dilemma that all of us deal with from birth to death: How to be connected to an other and maintain a self… as well as the fundamental source of all couples issues: Dealing with difference. With rare exceptions, how couples deal with differences is far more important than what the differences actually are. Fundamentally, how couples deal with difference is the gateway issue to dealing successfully with what the difference are. Therapy here realistically demonstrates the core struggles human beings have with connecting and separating.

Most people are acculturated to view difference as dangerous (as threats to their autonomy, their connection, criticisms, attacks, betrayals, etc.) and therefore try to eradicate difference by either becoming like the other (fusion) or trying to make the other like them (conflict). In reality all contact (and connection) can only happen through difference. Difference is connective tissue. Difference is the dendrites of two people - ready to sparkle and connect the synapse between them when touched by the experience (difference) of the other. The Resnicks, respectful and appreciative of difference, have evolved new ways to collaborate, engage, compromise, trade and even celebrate differences.

To demonstrate these concepts, there will be screenings of two actual consecutive couples therapy sessions, in order to present a true picture of how a Gestalt Relationship therapist works with "real people dealing with real issues and in real time."

Rita F. Resnick, Ph.D. psychotherapist, has been Faculty Chair of GATLA’s European Summer Residential Training Programs since 1991. She is core faculty of both the Couples Therapy and Individual Psychotherapy training programs. In addition to her private practice, Rita is providing training in Couples and Individual therapy to psychotherapists and allied professionals in the Los Angeles, Seattle, Australia, Europe and Asia for 35 + years. Rita has written a chapter in the recent book Women in Gestalt Therapy: Autobiographical Reflections and Future Prospects in Contemporary Interviews, edited by Beatrix Wimmer and Adriena Feckova. Rita has written a chapter in the recent book Catch the Message, Fecova, A. and Levin, J. highlighting important women in Gestalt therapy. Rita’s style is clear, empowering, thoughtful and caring. The Resnicks are frequently happily married.

Robert W. Resnick, Ph.D., international individual and couples therapy trainer for over 50 years. Trained (1965-1970) and personally certified by examination (1969) by Drs. Fritz Perls and Jim Simkin, he was chosen by Fritz Perls to introduce Gestalt Therapy to Europe to in 1969. He has been doing training worldwide many times each year now for the past 50 years in addition to ongoing training programs in Los Angles and Seattle. His Gestalt Therapy Theory film and eight therapy sessions have previously been screened at SU several times. Bob’s style is warm and engaging and he speaks with clarity and humor. And yes, the Resnicks are frequently happily married.

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