COLLABORATIVE COUPLE THERAPY INTENSIVE
The purpose of this intensive is to present the principles of Collaborative Couple Therapy and to equip participants to begin to use doubling—the signature method of this approach—in their own therapeutic work. When you double, you speak as if you were one of the partners talking to the other. Much of the workshop is devoted to role-play demonstrations. We stop the action at various points in the role plays to discuss what the therapist feels about each partner, the immediate therapeutic problem, and strategies for dealing with it. Participants who wish to do so will have an opportunity to take a turn as the therapist.
During this intensive, you will learn how in your couple therapy work to:
- Help partners find their voice
- Turn fights into intimate conversations
- Create a vantage point above the fray
- Empathize with the less likeable partner
- Appeal to partners as consultants in dealing with the problems that arise in the therapy
Comments by past participants about the intensive
- I enjoyed the opportunity to practice the methods in a small group setting. Dan made the group feel safe and supportive. Everyone was encouraged to participate and build on each other’s thoughts.
- A wonderful balance between challenge and support.
- I loved the one-on-one attention Dan gives each participant. It’s a “private conversation” that we’re all privy to. There is so much learning that is embedded in all aspects of this very thoughtful intensive.
- The intensive will live on in my heart and mind for the rest of my career.
- Dan has a remarkable ability to reflect one partner’s concerns while taking those of the other partner into account. He is also an amazingly empathic therapist and I picked up a lot through osmosis.
- The most profound approach I have come across in my 33 years as a psychologist.
- I never knew what time it was and never cared. It was totally engrossing.