Couples Weekend

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

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.

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.

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

    July 27-29, 2018
    FACULTY: Vann Joines, Ph.D.; Emily Keller, Ph.D.
    LOCATION: Chapel Hill, NC
    TIMES: Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm; Saturday 9:00am – 6:00pm; Sunday 9:00am – 4:00pm
    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)

Couples Workshop


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July 27, 2018 to July 29, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Early Registration$900.00
Late Registration $950.00
Therapist Early Registration $400.00
Therapist Late Registration $425.00
Location Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy
659 Edwards Ridge Road
Chapel Hill NC 27517
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