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Couples Work and Why it Matters in Modern Times

March 11 Breakfast 8:30am-8:45am   Training 8:45am-4:00pm $159, 6 CEUs Presenters:
Susan Stork, LCPC-ACS
Heather Garner, LCSW-C
Doubletree Hilton Hotel, 1726 Reisterstown Road Baltimore, MD 21208 United States + Google Map

In this highly interactive full-day training, tailored to individual clinicians who are curious about modern couples work, participants will have the opportunity to explore the role that couples therapy plays in individual counseling.  This unique workshop is most ideal and valuable for anyone who mainly sees individual clients and would like to grow their knowledge on how future collaboration can assist their clients in gaining meaningful insight.  Therapists will explore how trauma shows up in the couples therapy session utilizing Terry Real’s Relational Life Therapy (RLT) and Stan Tatkin’s Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT).


Clinicians will gain a multimedia approach to couples work including: couples therapy tapes, clips from popular movies and various educational sources to gain understanding of the couples therapeutic process and the unique features of modern ‘coupleship.’  Additionally, clinicians will participate in group experiential sessions that will allow them to learn new therapeutic interventions, put themselves in the couples “hot seat” and learn why it is so valuable for individual therapists to be a collaborator in the couple’s therapeutic process rather than perhaps being an unintentional opposing force. Participants will also explore RLT and PACT based interventions that encourage clients to move towards relational empowerment, deep safety and relational joy.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how to collaborate with a couple’s therapist versus being an unintentional opposing force in the couple’s work process and how to refer before crisis.
  • Describe when to recommend couples therapy & provide examples that show up in individual therapeutic work.
  • Identify the benefits of Relational Life Therapy (RLT) and Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT) and gain a basic understanding of RLT and PACT based therapeutic interventions.
  • Provide understanding of the Window of Tolerance, Allostatic Load & basic elements of Neuroscience.
  • Discuss why “Top Down” / “Bottom Up” therapy models in Couples Therapy matters to the couple.
  • Provide examples of modern relationship issues utilizing the contributions of Ester Perel.


8:30 – 8:45

  • Breakfast / Sign-in / Gift bags

9:00 – 10:30

  • Intro’s / Random Triad’s Assigned / Agenda/ Norms/ PPT Slides:
  • Window of Tolerance  / Neuroscience  / Elements of Trauma(s)  / Lifestyles / Blended Families / Stress / Modern Choices / 4 Horseman

10:30 – 10:45  BREAK

10:45 – 12:00

  • Session 1: PACT: Balls – Window of Tolerance – PAI Adult Attachment
  • Session 2: Relationship Grid: Inner Child Window of Tolerance
  • Therapist Prayer Video

12:00 – 1:00  LUNCH

1:00 – 2:30

  • Transition / Re-grouping with Couples videos
  • Collaborative Force in Therapy (Individual & Couples Therapists)
  • Session 3: Blindfolds: Questions Esther Perel

2:30 – 2:45  BREAK

2:45 – 3:30

  • Transition / Re-grouping with Couples videos
  • Audio Ester Perel / Movie Clip
  • Session 3: Blindfolds: Questions Esther Perel

3:30 – 3:55

  • Q& A Secrets: What to do with them?

3:55 – 4:00  EVALUATIONS

Man and woman in counseling