Hi there - I’m so glad you wanted to know more about this training!
**Remember, this training is a great option for counselors who see individual clients who have relationship concerns.**
Whether a couple wants to learn basic communication skills or they want to address the lack of intimacy they’ve been struggling with for twenty years, couples’ therapy asks us to wade into strong currents of history, anxiety and unconscious avoidance. And for most of us, our counseling programs simply didn’t prepare us for the complexity of couples’ therapy.
In this training we’ll focus very directly on building clinical skills, using specific case examples and intensive case discussion so you can gain a clear grasp on how couples’ dynamics work. This isn’t a theoretical training (it’s not another new theory to learn), but rather a nuts-and-bolts practicum on how to gain better traction with the couples’ patterns. No matter which modality you use for working with couples (Gottman, EFT, ACT, IFS, attachment, etc.), this training will increase your ability see the nuanced ways a relationship gets “stuck.”
With a blend of developmental theory, systems theory, attachment dynamics, emotional regulation, and anxiety management, you’ll learn how two individual dynamics intertwine to create a kind of “gridlock” that couples often find impossible to resolve; you’ll learn to clearly see which patterns in the relationship need to be challenged; and you’ll learn the importance of keeping interventions focused, balanced, and intentional during treatment.
We’ll talk about how to see what’s underneath the relationship stories they bring to you; and we’ll explore how to help each person face the inherent pressures of a healthy, intimate relationship.
When: Mondays, 5:30 – 7:30 – Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11 and 18 (snow make-up date, if needed: Feb. 25th)
Cost: $50/class (* $185 if you pay for the series up front *)
**Certificate of Attendance for eight hours of training.
Contact me at the email or phone to reserve your space.
I’d also be happy to answer any questions you might have:
About Elizabeth Heaney, MA LPC:
I’ve been in private practice for almost thirty-eight years, and couples’ work has been a specific area of focus for me. I love the challenge, the poignancy and the courage that gets called forth when clients grapple with intimacy – and reach for fondness, ease and joy. My background includes many years of offering workshops, trainings, clinical supervision and case consultation.