"Creating lasting change in couples therapy is a crucial clinical goal. Yet a significant relapse rate in couples therapy remains a serious problem affecting our field today.Trauma intensifies the need for secure attachments, yet often simultaneously, destroys oneÍs ability to trust such bonds. This conference brings together key contributors to new insights about healing traumatic attachments and preventing relapse in couples therapy.These three distinguished clinician/researchers will offer stimulating presentations and dialogue from an attachment-focused, interpersonal, and neurobiological view of adult love -focusing on the issues of trauma and creating sustained change in couples therapy. Presenters will consider ways in which therapists can utilize current research developments to promote healthy connections between partners."


Upon completion of the program listeners will be able to:

Identify the best predictors of success or failure in adult intimate relationships

Describe the most effective therapeutic interventions which help resolve trauma plus restore mastery and connections.

List key factors in preventing relapse and advancing lasting relationship change

Distinguish the difference between trauma and attachment injuries in couples relationships

Identify meta-emotion work with couples in preventing attachment injuries

Recognize powerful change events in couples therapy that foster secure attachment

Conference Recordings
CE Hours (optional) 10
Presenter(s) John Gottman, Susan Johnson, Bessel van der Kolk
Series Anatomy of Intimacy
Time 10
Year 2005
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