INTRODUCTION TO COUPLE THERAPY: THROUGH THE LENS OF ATTACHMENT
The very difficult work of treating distressed couples requires a clearly defined approach. Clinicians can gain confidence about offering highly effective treatment through taking this course, as it is designed to focus explicitly on the theory and practice of a few distinct attachment-based models, with an emphasis on EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy).
In the past few decades, the empirically validated model of EFT has become regarded as one of the most powerful in the field. EFT is a short-term treatment model of couple therapy that has been shown to move 70– 75% of couples from distress to recovery, and 90% to significant improvement. EFT provides therapists with a road map to better understand and work with the underlying recurrent patterns of couple conflict.
In addition to teaching EFT skills, this course will introduce ways to use other contemporary attachment-based models, such as Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and Internal Family Systems(IFS), in couple work. These models very effectively complement an EFT-based understanding of both distressed and healthy couples’ dynamics. Course participants can expect to acquire working knowledge of EFT and introductory concepts of IFS and AEDP, and will be able to apply aspects of all three models clinically to create change when working with dyads.
Class structure will incorporate didactic lecture, discussion, experiential role plays, and viewed taped sessions that illustrate specific therapeutic interventions. Participants will receive copies of the
Powerpoint presentations and support documents presented in class.
Previous experince working with couples is helpful but not mandatory.
Class will meet in the Fall of 2016 on Fridays from 2-4pm:
9/9, 9/23, 9/30, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, and 12/16.
Fee: $895 + $35 for CEUs
Danielle Green, LICSW
Suzanne McCarthy, PsyD
Suzanne Marcus, LMFT
NECCF (New England Center for Couples and Families)
742 Massachusetts Ave.
Arlington, MA 02476