Couples Weekend May

Make major changes in yourself and your relationship in a weekend!

This is a powerful weekend experience for couples, designed to assist them in making desired changes, both in themselves and their relationship, in order to have a fulfilling life together. Information from redecision therapy, family systems, family sculpting, attachment theory, and other approaches will be used to help couples increase their awareness, autonomy, spontaneity, and capacity for intimacy. Couples often accomplish as much in this weekend as in a year of weekly therapy. Join us for a fun and productive weekend.

Relationships are hard, they don’t have to be a struggle. At their best, they are not only a source of safety and strength, they inspire us. This three-day couples therapy workshop is designed to help couples make changes, personally and relationship, in order to craft a fulfilling life together.

Information from redecision therapy, family systems, family sculpting, attachment theory, and other approaches will be used to help couples increase their awareness, autonomy, spontaneity, and capacity for intimacy. The co-therapist team works together to help you identify and change the core issues that keep you and your partner locked in negative cycles. They will also you guide you through what to do instead of arguing. Couples often accomplish as much in this weekend as in a year of weekly therapy. Join us for a fun and productive weekend couples therapy experience.

Note: We also accept up to two therapists who want to observe in order to learn this process. We will meet with them periodically during the weekend. Dr. Joines is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Learning Objectives 

Participants will be able to:

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


Faculty: Vann Joines, Ph.D.
Dates: May 17-19, 2019
Times: Friday 9 AM – 5 PM; Saturday 9 AM – 6 PM; Sunday 9 AM – 4 PM
Tuition: Couples - $900 per couple if registered one month in advance ($950 afterward) Retake this Workshop for $200 off per couple
Therapist - $400 if registered one month in advance, $100 deposit ($425 afterward).
Continuing Education: This workshop is worth 18 CE Credits (APA); 18 Contact Hours (NBCC). It is designed for mental health professionals working with couples.
Level: Beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

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Couples Weekend

Friday (Day One)    
9:00 am – 10:30 am   Introduction, Overview of Couples Weekend, Contract for Safety, Contract for Cooperation
10:30 am – 10:45 am   Break
10:45 am – 12:00 pm  
Couples Developmental Stages; Intimacy Escape Hatches
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm    Lunch
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm    Overview of Attachment Theory; Couples Sculpting
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm    Break
3:45 pm – 5:00 pm   Couples Sculpting Continued; Tie Sculpt to Family of Origin 
     
Saturday (Day Two)    
9:00 am – 10:30 am   Redecision Therapy to Resolve Family Issues
10:30 am – 10:45 am   Break
10:45 am – 12:00 pm   Redecision Therapy to Resolve Family Issues
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm   Lunch
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm   Redecision Therapy to Resolve Family Issues
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm   Break
3:45 pm – 6:00 pm   Redecision Therapy to Resolve Family Issues
    *Sometimes, we break up into a short mens group & a women's group
Sunday (Day Three)    
9:00 am – 10:30 am   Identifying Triggers and Negative Relational Patterns
10:30 am – 10:45 am   Break
10:45 am – 12:00 pm   Uncovering Vulnerable Feelings; I to I Communication Process
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm   Lunch
1:30 pm – 3:45 pm   I to I Communication Process; Target Strokes 
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm   Discussion, Q&A. Wrap-up and Goodbyes
When
May 17th, 2019 9:00 AM   through   May 19th, 2019 4:00 PM
Location
659 Edwards Ridge Road
Southeast Institute
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
United States
Contact
Phone: (919) 929-1171
Email:
Event Fee(s)
Early Bird Event Fee(s)
Couples Fee $ 900.00
Therapist Fee $ 400.00

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Chapel Hill, NC 27517

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