Playing For Keeps: Engaging the Power of Play in Couple Therapy

Most couple relationships begin with a lot of play. In play, we engage the multiple ways to perform our identity and relationships. Often play is one of the first things to go when couples find themselves in a tough spot. What we need when situations get serious, paradoxically, is play. But what is play? How do couples play? How do you play as a couple’s therapist? How do we take play beyond technique and make it a way of being in our lives? Dr. Saliha Bava explore how to develop play as a presence and as a creative activity by focusing on the self of the therapist. Participants will exercise their risk-taking and creativity muscles in therapy by exploring their relationship to uncertainty and how to engage the emergent while being present to not-knowing and context. Learn exercises for assessment and pattern breaking in couple’s therapy. The interactive workshop will challenge you on how to be playfully serious and seriously playful at the same time. Join us and experience a difference in your practice with couples (and maybe in your own life!) Come let’s play!

In this workshop, participants will learn:

  • To assess your orientation towards play
  • How to put the fun back in the FUNctional
  • Assessment & pattern-breaking exercises for couples therapy
  • How to enhance your playfulness and agility as self of the therapist

Dr. Saliha Bava, PhD, LMFT is Associate Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy, Mercy College, NY; doctoral advisor at Taos Institute and Faculty at Houston Galveston Institute; board member of AFTA & ICCP; AAMFT approved supervisor & clinical member. Her 25 years of scholarship/practice focuses on collaborative-dialogic & performative practices, hyperlinked identities, leadership, collective trauma, cross-cultural relationships, community engagement, digital life, research methodologies, and teaching/learning.

Date: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $140
CE Contact Hours: 5

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Tuition $140.00 (USD)  


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