From Impasse to Intimacies: A Multicultural and Multifaceted Approach to Couple Therapy
A major challenge for couple therapists is to know how to take couples from frustrating reactive cycles to a sense of connection and intimacy in their relationships. In this workshop, Michele will describe how to utilize the vulnerability cycle to deconstruct couples problematic dynamics and to explore and support the kind of intimacy they are so desperately wanting. A major focus will be on creating a “holding environment,” tracking interactional sequences, grasping the pattern, contextualizing the struggles of the couple, identifying triggers and bringing forward a subtext of vulnerabilities and yearnings that will allow for the creation of a more satisfying fit between the couple. Michele will also address the fundamental questions: What is intimacy? How can we define it taking into account cultural, gender, class, and life cycle differences? How can we facilitate change without shoehorning couples into our personal, professional, and cultural biases? The challenges of promoting intimacy in situations of infidelity, and in/or involving traumatic experiences, shame, and fears based in the past and/or on each partner’s family of origin will be discussed.
Michele Scheinkman, LCSW, is a faculty member at the Ackerman Institute for the Family specializing in couple therapy training and maintains a private practice in Manhattan. She is the former Director of Training at the Chicago Center for Family Health, former lecturer at the University of Chicago, and pst consultant at the Roberto Clemente Center in New York City for many years. Her articles, widely valued in couple therapy training and practice, include: The Vulnerability Cycle: Working With Impasses In Couples Therapy; with Mona Fishbane (2004)Beyond the Trauma of Betrayal: Reconsidering Affairs in Couples Therapy (2005 ); The Multi-level Approach: A Road Map to Couples Therapy (2008); Disarming Jealousy in Couples Therapy: A Multidimensional Approach (2010). Michele’s workshops in the United States, Europe, and Latin America are highly regarded for their integrative approach, conceptual clarity, and practical application with a range of couple issues in therapy.
Date: Friday, February 23, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
CE Contact Hours: 5