From Impasse to Intimacies: An Integrative Multicultural Framework for Couple Therapy

We are living in times of enormous social and cultural changes that require couples to reflect and negotiate about their expectations for the intimacy in their relationships. In this workshop, Michele will present an integrative multicultural framework for deconstructing impasses and promoting diverse kinds and forms of intimacy in couples relationships.

In the morning, focus will be on The Vulnerability Cycle as a model to organize the therapeutic work. Participants will learn to track reactive cycles, disarm defensive strategies , mentalize vulnerabilities and yearnings, identify triggers present and past — with the major goal of dissipating reactivity and facilitating dialogue between the partners. In the afternoon, warning therapists against biased monolithic notions of intimacy, Michele will discuss how to approach intimacy as a diverse, multifaceted and fluid experience informed by multiple contexts such as: the partners culture of origin, subculture, gender, class, race, generation, life cycle stage, family of origin, personal histories and more. She will demonstrate how to explore individual priorities and meanings, support relevant relational processes and how to deal with specific challenges related to sexual intimacy and restoration of intimacy after infidelity.

The workshop will prepare therapists to deal with many challenges involved in trying to help couples create and sustain intimacy over time.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn to track reactive cycles, disarm defensive strategies , mentalize vulnerabilities and yearnings, identify triggers present and past — with the major goal of dissipating reactivity and facilitating dialogue between the partners
  • They will learn how to approach intimacy as a multifaceted and fluid experience that is informed by multiple contexts such as: each partner’s culture of origin, subculture, gender, class, race, generation, life cycle stage, family of origin, personal histories and more
  • They will learn how to explore individual priorities and meanings, support relevant relational processes , facilitate negotiations —and also how to deal with specific challenges related to sexual intimacy and i restoration of intimacy after situations of infidelity

Presenter:

Michele Scheinkman, LCSW, is a faculty member at The Ackerman Institute for the Family who specializes in couples therapy. Former Director of Training at the Chicago Center for Family Health and Lecturer at the University of Chicago, she was also a consultant at the multicultural Roberto Clemente Center in New York City for many years. Her workshops in the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia are highly regarded for her conceptual clarity, integrative approach, multicultural focus and practical application with a range of couples issues.Her articles, widely read all over the world, include: The Vulnerability Cycle: Working With Impasses In Couples Therapy (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 Relationships: A Multidimensional Approach, ( 2010); Breaking the Mold: Sculpting impasses in couples therapy, (2013); Intimacies: An Integrative Multicultural Framework in Couple Therapy(2019).


Date / Time:

Friday, February 21, 2020
10:00 am–4:00 pm

Continuing Education:

5 CE Contact Hours


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