Treating Couples Well: a Model for Creating Collaborative Couples Treatment

David Treadway, PhD

July 13 – 15, 2018 • Friday-Sunday

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Couples come into treatment presenting a wide array of issues: communication, conflict, sexuality, affairs, parenting, mental illness, substance abuse, multi-generational family problems etc. Couples often struggle with too many of these issues all at the same time. Dr. David Treadway’s innovative collaborate model of organizing couples therapy helps the patients design their own treatment plan. This seminar will demonstrate how to give couples choice whether to work on making changes in the here and now, focus on healing from the wounds of their past, or visit the dynamics of their family of origin. Dr. Treadway will demonstrate with video, role play, and discussion how this model helps couples invest in their own treatment, learn how to collaborate respectfully, and tolerate living with unresolved issues while working on changing one aspect of their relationship at a time.

 

In addition to demonstrating this collaborative model of organizing couples treatment, Dr. Treadway will also present a wide range of therapeutic strategies, protocols, and interventions for the many typical problems that couples present. A special emphasis will be on how to make “homework” work. This seminar will demonstrate how to engage and motivate couples to do homework and show the transformational impact on treatment when couples do follow through.

 

Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

 

  • Describe workable techniques that help couples contract for a customized approach to therapy;
  • Present methods that help couples assess their treatment priorities without blame;
  • Outline strategies to address resistance and motivate couples to do therapeutic homework;
  • Identify 3 specific therapeutic strategies and protocols applicable to 3 common couples’ issues;
  • Become much more skillful at motivating couples to do “homework” and utilize the couples’ experience of their homework in sessions;
  • Develop comfort and skill working with couples’ sexuality and intimacy issues;
  • Learn how to use the Amends and Forgiveness protocol;
  • Integrate an effective treatment model for working with couples one or both of whom have an addiction to alcohol or other substances of abuse;
  • Identify and learn to work with own countertransference issues.

 

SCHEDULE

 

Friday, July 13, 2018

4:30-6:30 PM

Creating collaborative couples therapy: how to empower couples to design their own treatment.

Saturday July 14, 2018

8:15 AM-12:30 PM

Stimulating positive behavioral change in sessions and in homework, utilizing the Amends and Forgiveness Protocol;  working with family of origin issues with couples; role play or instructive video.

Continuation: Stimulating positive behavioral change in sessions and in homework, utilizing the Amends and Forgiveness Protocol;  working with family of origin issues with couples; role play or instructive video.

10:15-10:30AM

Break

Sunday July 15, 2018

8:15 AM-12:30 PM

Working well with couples in crisis, addictions, divorce, mental illness, and abuse; impact of therapists’ own gender and life experience on their work with couples.

Continuation: Working well with couples in crisis, addictions, divorce, mental illness, and abuse;  impact of therapists’ own gender and life experience on their work with couples; Q & A.

10:15-10:30 AM

Break