Marriage and relationships today are, to a large extent based on the assumption that two individuals fuse into one. Most of us know that 50% of all first marriages end in divorce as do approximately 70% of second marriages. Add to this the remaining secretly “miserably married” – those living lives of quiet (or not so quiet) desperation based on fear of being alone, children, financial security, religion, social stigma, etc. and we begin to see the magnitude of the problem. Simply put, we are either all a bunch of “very sick puppies” (pathologizing all of us) or there is something fundamentally flawed with our model of relationships and marriage. People may be trying too hard at the “wrong” things rather than not trying hard enough at those things that might work.
After specializing internationally in doing/teaching/training couples therapy for over 40 and 20 years respectively, Bob and Rita Resnick have evolved a process model of relationships and marriage that deals with two crucial relationship issues: (1) the basic human dilemma: How to be connected to another and maintain a self…. and (2) Dealing with Differences vs Differences in Dealing. With rare exception, how couples deal with differences is far more important than what the differences actually are.
This is a four day couples therapy training series for therapists and allied professionals who are interested in learning some of the perspectives and skills distilled from the Resnick’s long and ongoing history of working with couples and teaching couples therapy. There will be some live demonstrations of couples therapy with volunteers, as well as lectures, discussion, questions and small group work in which to practice working with role play couples.. Topics include: intimacy, love, communication, power, trust, dealing with differences, assumptions, gender differences, etc. Come and join us for a fresh and solid new perspective on relationships and marriage. Bring your biases and your sense of humor.
Location: West Los Angeles
Times: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm (all Sundays) 24 CE Credits
Fees: $700 Individual, $400 Model Couples, Full time students with ID $400
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