Perplexing Challenges in Couples Therapy

Lies, Infidelity, Unrelenting Hostility, and Self-Absorption

Personal Development - Relationships

Ellyn Bader, Peter Pearson

July 7-9, 2017
Friday-Sunday, 2 nights
CE Credits available

$325 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

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Program Description

Enhance your skills for navigating some of the toughest problems encountered with couples in therapy.

Join the founders of The Couples Institute, Ellyn Bader and Peter Pearson, for an interactive weekend workshop to learn their Developmental Model of Couples Therapy for working with particularly difficult and challenging couples. Ellyn and Peter will dissect, dismantle, and reveal elegant approaches that will build your confidence and make your work easier, more enjoyable, and successful.

Using video demonstration, clinical transcripts, and role-play, they will show you step-by-step how to have significant impact with couples’ patterns, especially hostility and blaming, the crisis of infidelity, the confrontation of lies and deception, and the self-absorbed partner.

In this comprehensive weekend—especially for marriage therapists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, mediators, and coaches—you will learn how to:

  • Inspire motivation in unmotivated partners
  • Identify a continuum of lies and skillfully confront deception
  • Address the intrapsychic impasses of self-absorbed partners and encourage greater empathy and compassion
  • Integrate attachment theory, differentiation theory, and neuroscience with tough couples
  • Intervene incisively to support the developmental growth of each partner.

Expect to take away innovative and practical new approaches you can begin to use immediately.

You will return to your practice with skills for untangling the web of deception, moving self-absorbed partners from greed to giving, and shifting hostility in early sessions so your clients can create and sustain enduring change.

Faculty Bio

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Ellyn Bader

Ellyn Bader and her husband Peter Pearson are the founders and directors of The Couples Institute in Menlo Park, California. For the past 30 years, the institute has been helping couples resolve issues and create strong, loving relationships.

Ellyn and Peter are unusual among couples‰ therapists in that they are a couple themselves, and have confronted many of the challenges that they write and speak about. As a team, they use a practical therapeutic approach to help couples overcome difficulties and evolve together. Also experts in couples‰ therapy training, Ellyn and Peter are the creators of the Developmental Model of Couples‰ Therapy, which is taught in many graduate programs.

The authors of two books, Tell Me No Lies: How to Face the Truth and Build a Loving Marriage and In Quest of the Mythical Mate: A Developmental Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment in Couples Therapy, they have been featured on more than 50 radio and television programs, including The Today Show and CBS This Morning. They have presented workshops throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia.

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Peter Pearson

Peter Pearson and his wife Ellyn Bader are the founders and directors of The Couples Institute in Menlo Park, California. For the past 30 years, the institute has been helping couples resolve issues and create strong, loving relationships.

Ellyn and Peter are unusual among couples‰ therapists in that they are a couple themselves, and have confronted many of the challenges that they write and speak about. As a team, they use a practical therapeutic approach to help couples overcome difficulties and evolve together. Also experts in couples‰ therapy training, Ellyn and Peter are the creators of the Developmental Model of Couples‰ Therapy, which is taught in many graduate programs.

The authors of two books, Tell Me No Lies: How to Face the Truth and Build a Loving Marriage and In Quest of the Mythical Mate: A Developmental Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment in Couples Therapy, they have been featured on more than 50 radio and television programs, including The Today Show and CBS This Morning. They have presented workshops throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia.

Why Attend

  • Increase your confidence by developing your ability to assess and address complex patterns in couples’ behavior.

  • Gain innovative and practical approaches to working with challenging couples so you can increase your impact.

  • Reignite your enthusiasm for your therapy practice by expanding your skills and knowledge of what couples need in order to overcome difficult relationship struggles.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Special Interest to

    Marriage therapists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, mediators, and coaches

Accommodations

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.

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