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John Gottman & Julie Gottman on the New Science of Couples and Family Therapy

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Objectives

  1. Explore how to better help couples develop trust, enduring commitment, and physiological calm leading to improved and measurable clinical outcomes

Outline

  • The History of Couples and Family Therapy
    • The Way It Was
    • New Gurus and New Ways
  • Where Are We Now?
    • Couples Therapy Research
  • New General Systems Therapy
    • The Magic of Love
  • History of Gottman Research and Love Lab
    • Relationship Assessment Checkup
    • Work in the Love Lab
  • What Predicts Marriage Happiness and Success?
    • Homeostasis Ratio
    • “Dow-Jones” of Couple’s Communication
    • Roach Hotel Model
  • Creating the Magic
    • Three Components Needed
    • Control-Power Dynamics
  • Gottmans’ Couples Therapy
    • The How
    • Power of Attunement
    • Emotional Command Systems
    • Skillful Conflict
    • Baby Makes Three
  • What We Know From This

Copyright : 03/24/2018

The Gottman Method Approach to Better Couples Therapy

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Objectives

  1. Discover how to enhance a couple’s capacity for gratitude, cherishing, and commitment
  2. Discover interventions that increase couples’ ability to deescalate anger, manage conflict, and repair ruptures in the relationship
  3. Discover how to stay calm in the midst of couples’ relationship conflicts and have hope when they feel hopeless

Outline

  • Sharpening Concepts of What Works
    • Get the Data
    • Love Lab Creation
  • Gottmans’ New Love Lab
      Gathering the Narrative and Physiological Measures
    • Gottman Relationship Checkup Questionnaire
  • What Predicts Future of a Relationship?
    • Masters versus Disasters
    • Positive to Negative Ratio
    • Roach Hotel Model
  • Phase Space Plots of Relationships
    • Attractors
    • Vectors
    • Case Study
    • Influence Functions
    • Parameters
      • Change the Eight “Sliders”
  • Sound Relationship House
    • Scales
    • Seven Mechanisms with Interventions
  • Conflict and Physiology
  • Three Gottmans’ Couples’ Interventions
    • Power of Positive Startup
    • Power of Turning Toward and Accepting Influence
    • Power of Repair
  • Building Trust
  • Building Commitment
  • Summary of The Magic Trio and Making Couples Therapy Work
  • Questions and Comments

Copyright : 03/24/2018

Enhancing Assessment in Couples Therapy: New Approaches to Improving Outcomes

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Outline

  • Gottman Relationship Checkup Questionnaire
    • What Therapist Receives
    • Strengths and Challenges for Clients
    • Client Checkup Summary
  • History of Previous Profile Attempts
    • Past Issues
  • The Sound Relationship House Theory
    • What Makes Relationships Work
    • Scales
  • Reliability and Validity of Gottman Relationship Checkup
    • Significant Correlations
  • Gottman Relationship Checkup Website Demonstration
  • Case Study #1
  • Case Study #2
  • Who Comes to Couples Therapy?
    • When We See Them
    • Results of Couples Research
  • Conclusions Drawn
  • Questions and Comments

Objectives

  1. Discover how to conduct a thorough assessment of a couple’s relationship using the Gottman Relationship Checkup
  2. Discover how to give effective feedback about your clients’ relationship’s strengths and how to best address their areas of concern
  3. Discover how to develop a personalized treatment plan based on each partner’s responses to the assessment questionnaire

Copyright : 03/23/2018

Couples Therapy for Treating Trauma: The Gottman Method Approach

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Objectives

  1. Determine the impact of PTSD on a couple’s relationship to inform the clinician’s choice of treatment interventions for both the individual and couple.
  2. Apply simple yet effective clinical interventions in session to help clients acquire a new perspective of PTSD and a more adaptive approach to managing symptoms.
  3. Explore the often ignored social and interpersonal symptoms of PTSD in clients.

Outline

What is PTSD?

  • DSM-5
  • Ignored PTSD Symptoms
  • Epidemiology
  • Cases of PTSD
  • Neuroscience of PTSD
  • The Physiology of PTSD
Effective Treatments of PTSD
  • Individual Treatments
  • Couples Treatments
    • Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT)
Couples’ Therapy for PTSD
  • PTSD’s Affects on Relationships
  • The Non-PTSD Partner
  • Effects on Sound Relationship House
    • Love Maps
    • Turning Toward
    • Conflict Management
Intervention for Couples with PTSD
  • Surfacing
  • Exploration
  • Returning to Couple Interaction
  • Specific Interventions
  • Creating Shared Meaning

Copyright : 03/25/2018

The Crisis of Trust in Today’s Couples

OBJECTIVES

  1. Discuss how younger generations conceptualize relationships today

OUTLINE

  • Discuss how younger generations conceptualize relationships today
    • They are in committed relationships, but not necessarily married
    • They are more comfortable having sexual encounters that are usually free of emotional attachment
    • The younger generation is waiting later to get married, usually as a way to guard against early divorce. This is especially true among women
    • Women are having children earlier in their marriages
  • Explain the trends in relationship satisfaction over the past three decades
    • Kids drive marital satisfaction down by driving couples apart and creating more conflict
    • There is a higher level of education amongst today’s couples and more individual fulfillment for women.
    • There is more polyamory today as part of the “hookup culture,” and an imbalance of security with this from one partner
    • Women are relying less on wife and child-rearing roles in order to achieve happiness
  • Identify the byproducts of open relationships or those based on sex alone
    • Partners in an open relationship often feature a dynamic where one partner is a willing participant and the other keeps up a façade in order to please the willing partner
    • Noncommittal relationships are partially based on issues with attachment; in contemporary relationships among younger generations, parents’ divorce may play a role
    • Even relationships labeled purely sexual/free of emotional commitment contain degrees of attachment. The brain chemical oxytocin is released even during non-sexual physical touch.
Copyright : 05/26/2015