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Psychodynamic Use of Mindfulness in Couples Therapy

Presented by Rob Fisher, MA, LMFT - 2 CE Hours

Workshop Description:

Mindfulness is one of the most powerful tools in couple’s psychotherapy. Mindfulness allows clients to “act in” instead of “acting out” with each other. It assists them to gently access, and talk vulnerably about deep levels of delicate material that underlie the repetitive patterns in which they become mired. They can step out of adversarial and into vulnerable and collaborative interactions. Externally focused mindfulness allows the therapist to notice the subtle and often non-verbal messages each partner communicates directly from their implicit beliefs and models of the world. In this intermediate level workshop you will learn practical interventions that help couples convert blame to self-observation and disentangle the repetitive cycles and underlying emotional injuries that keep their relationship gridlocked.

Not for Certified Alcohol and Drug counselors

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the session, participants will be able to:
1. Explain how to use mindfulness to explore couples systemic and intrapsychic issues;
2. Apply the use of present time experience to access implicit belief and underlying emotional injuries that govern couples interactions;
3. Identify a simple psychodynamic/systemic method of assessment.