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  • Working with Reactivity in Couples and Families: A Buddhist Psychological Approach to Strong Emotions

    Emotions are filters for how we experience the significant people in our lives.  When in the grip of a strong emotion, there is a narrowing of attention, which inhibits our capacity to see things clearly.  Drawing on a Buddhist influenced psychological perspective, this workshop will focus on the nature of emotional experience and the way it can cause havoc and harm in relationships. 

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  • Family-Centered Treatment: A Clinical Model for Working with Parents and Children with Special Needs

    Parents who have children with special needs experience cumulative stress and an urgency to help their child function optimally in school and at home.  They often feel depleted or inadequate as they attempt to sustain healthy family relationships and family routines. This workshop will highlight the bi-directional impact of a child’s disability on parent and family well-being. 

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  • Love, Secrets, Cybersex, Infidelity, Addiction – and Forgiveness?

    Case examples and concrete exercises will bring to life answers to these questions:

    What constitutes an affair – intercourse? Instant messaging? What makes cyber-relationships particularly seductive? Is there room for secrets in couples therapy and, if so, how can therapists create a safe place for each partner’s rigorous honesty and self-scrutiny?

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  • Addressing Collective Trauma in Clinical and Community Settings

    Collective Trauma, the shared injuries to a population’s social life, may damage the bonds that attach people and impair their sense of belonging and communality. Whether the social disruptions are a result of war, disaster, disease, or chronic poverty, or endured by individuals and families as in cases of rape, abuse, and traumatic loss, it is useful to employ clinical and community engaged approaches based on a "resilience toolkit."

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  • Family Therapy with Adolescents

    A major challenge in the treatment of adolescents is how to overcome the sense of alienation they often feel from their families and communities. This workshop will address this challenge by describing a treatment model that focuses primary attention on the creation of a safe context within which both child and family can experiment with new ways of behaving.

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  • The Money Factor and Couples Therapy: How to Enhance a Relational Hypothesis by Pursuing This Thread

    Many of the issues we deal with as clinicians touch on the powerful issue of money. Despite the depth of our work with clients, as therapists we almost always shy away from pursuing the thread of financial matters with clarity and purpose. When revealed, this last taboo of therapy tells a compelling story that sheds light on ingrained patterns of interaction and operating premises of couples.

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  • Emotional Overreaction in Couples

    All therapists have experienced a couple that is so reactive to each other that there is little meaningful communication or progress. While it is easy to notice agitation or rage, it is equally important to make sense of emotional reactions that take the form of shutdown or withdrawal. Explosions and shutdown can create roller-coaster relationships that take a toll on the therapist as well as the couple.

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