Learn Couples Therapy Live

Learn Couples Therapy Live

We offer one of the best and rarest opportunities to learn couples therapy live! In this unique opportunity, you will observe two co-therapists work with multiple couples in a 3-day group.

learn couples therapy life

Join us and learn couples therapy live. Learn as a co-therapist team works with a variety of couples presenting with issues ranging from improving communication to affair recovery. Couples therapy issues are diverse and vary from group to group.

Watch live couples therapy and learn as  a co-therapist team integrates the best of Gottman’s research, Sue Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Therapy, Harville Hendrix’s imago theory, redecision therapy, the developmental model of relationships (by Ellyn Bader and Pete Pearson), and more.

In this unique experience, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Observe and learn couples therapy live as two co-therapists lead a group couples therapy session over three days
  • Gain insights into a variety of couples therapy issues and how to work with various personality types and difficulties in couples work
  • Get direct supervision with the co-therapists to ask your questions about their work and interventions
  • Observe Virginia Satir’s powerful family sculpting technique
  • Observe the use Emotionally Focused Therapy exercises to uncover underlying feelings in each partner and identification of the attachment longing
  • Learn The Couple Institute’s I to I communication technique and observe how it is used to help couples reflect and connect to one another, and promote empathy
  • Watch as couples identify how their families of origin and early life experiences and traumas are affecting their everyday struggles
  • See the theories you’ve read about and learned about come alive!

DATES: July 27-29, 2018 (FULL); or Oct. 19-21, 2018
FACULTY: Vann Joines, Ph.D.; Emily Keller, Ph.D.
LOCATION: Chapel Hill, NC
LEVEL: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
TIMES: Friday 9 AM – 5 PM; Saturday 9 AM – 6 PM; Sunday 9 AM – 4 PM
THERAPIST TUITION:   $400 if registered one month in advance, $100 deposit ($425 afterward)
CE Credits: 18

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the different escape hatches in couples’ relationships.
  2. Explain what is required and what is desired for intimacy.
  3. Describe the difference between target strokes and target discounts.
  4. List the four basic emotions and explain how emotional literacy is beneficial to couples.
  5. Describe the benefits of a co-therapist team in doing couples therapy.
  6. Explain the connection between early attachment relationships and romantic relationships.
  7. List and describe four different attachment styles.
  8. Define “attachment longings.”
  9. Explain how a partner’s attempts to connect to his or her spouse will often push that person further away.
  10. State John Gottman’s “magic ratio.”
  11. Describe the role of the “initiator” in Pete Pearson and Ellyn Bader’s I to I process of communication.
  12. Describe the role of the “inquirer” in Pete Pearson and Ellyn Bader’s I to I process of communication.
  13. Explain the importance of “putting oneself in the other’s shoes” toward the end of the I to I process of communication.
  14. List three attributes of conflictual communication patterns.
  15. List three attributes of open communication patterns.
  16. Describe three defense mechanisms that people may use to avoid vulnerable communication.
  17. List the steps in Virginia Satir’s family sculpting process.
  18. Describe how couples’ family sculpts interlock
  19. List three benefits to group couple’s therapy.
  20. List three obstacles to group couple’s therapy.
  21. List 5 elements of contracting for safety in group couples therapy.
  22. Describe the stages in the developmental model of couples therapy.


Download Couples Therapy PDF here. 


About Us

The Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy is committed to making the world a better place for all by connecting people to their worth, value, and dignity and the worth, value, and dignity in others.  We offer to our clients excellence in clinical therapy and psychotherapy training.

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659 Edwards Ridge Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Phone: 919-929-1171
Fax: 919-929-1174
Email: adam@seinstitute.com