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Interdynamic Couples Therapy

Leave with a better understanding of the common factors and differences between the best-known and research-based couples therapies today.

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During this Foundational Training in Interdynamic Couples Therapy ™ my learning objectives for you are:

  • Become more adept at practicing the skills that separate couples therapy from individual work.
  • Leave with a better understanding of the common factors and differences between the best-known and research based couples therapies today. If you are a long time couple therapist, come and glean some valuable pearls that will enhance what you already do.
  • Learn how to assess where a couple is on a developmental "roadmap of relationship" - where and how they got stuck.
  • Be able to instill hope right from the start by mapping out a custom designed path forward.
  • Be able to assess and intervene at the right level and customize your treatment plan to fit each unique couple.
  • Skills (problematic behaviors, communication and problem solving),
  • Intrapersonal work (developmental history, level of insight and differentiation, parts work, emotional regulation, and attachment work)
  • Interpersonal (interpersonal neurobiology & systemic dynamics, parts work, attachment pairings, interlocking complexes)
  • Demonstrate therapeutic leadership, enabling you to get off to a strong start and create safety, even with your most challenging couples.
  • Be able to help your couples shift from "help me change my partner" to a context of "growth in connection," and more deeply resourced personal leadership.
  • Leave with some "ninja" communication protocols that will immediately reduce criticism, cross complaining, case-making, contempt, defensiveness, and withdrawal, while deepening understanding, safety, and connection.
  • Help your couples gain insight into what they are really arguing about in those circular conflicts and support them in designing exit-ramps off the conflict highway.
  • Support your couples in developing and referencing the Six Love Capacities outlined in my book The Labyrinth of Love – commitment, courage, curiosity, communication, compassion, and creativity.

Provides a certificate of 6 hours of Social Work Contact Hours thru UAMS.

This class is the foundational class for a 36 hour certification program in Interdynamic Couples and Sex Therapy - for more information about the certification process contact Chelsea Wakefield, PhD, LCSW at

Dr. Wakefield will be offering Essentials of Sex Therapy - Part 1 on Saturday, March 4, 2023.

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Chelsea Wakefield, Ph.D., LCSW, is an Associate Professor at UAMS where she is the Director of the Couples Center for Clinical Education. Her Ph.D. dissertation focused on women’s sexual desire, and she is an AASECT-certified sex therapist. She is a popular conference speaker and the author of three books, Negotiating the Inner Peace Treaty; In Search of Aphrodite – Women, Archetypes, and Sex Therapy; and The Labyrinth of Love – the Path to a Soulful Relationship.