Individuals often present to therapy because of problems they have with partnered relationships, or to strengthen and build new relationships. It is the fortunate occasion when both partners come forward wanting help to make their relationship better. However, by the time a pair in conflict presents to therapy, they are often hurting, upset, resentful, angry, desperate, confused, ambivalent, or feeling a mix of other emotions. They look to the clinician to fix them, or one of them to point to who is right and who is wrong, or to tell them how things can be better.
Working with couples can be some of the most rewarding and yet challenging encounters a therapist may have. Based on empirical research, there are numerous techniques, protocols, and therapy approaches to helping couples improve their relationships, repair relationships, and overcome difficulties together.
The presenter’s twenty years of clinical training and practice provides numerous examples and anecdotes to illustrate these concepts. This workshop will provide a roadmap to identifying the target areas for treatment, and how to skillfully work with both partners together and individually to build, repair, or maintain the best aspects of their relationships, and improve quality of life. Emphasis is placed on communication, shared problem solving, intimacy, friendship, and quality of life.
• Identify key areas for relationship difficulties.
• Identify opportunities to strengthen and improve relationships.
• Explain assessment techniques and foci for comprehensive evaluation of couples’ strengths and weaknesses.
• Identify and explain key areas of focus for couples therapy.
• Understand best practices for effective couples therapy.
• Learn of three empirically-supported therapies that can be applied successfully to couples work.
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
• Report key statistics for couples’ relationships in this culture.
• Identify signs/symptoms that couples need therapy.
• Use a biopsychosocial, multimethod, multi time series assessment approach to couples work.
• Explain how core elements of individual cognitive-behavioral therapy can be applied to couples therapy, including mindfulness-based techniques.
• Describe and explain 5 skills of communication training that are effective tools in couples therapy.
• Explain how Quality of Life can be the emphasis of couples work, and what QOL Therapy is.
• Explain why and how Social Problem-Solving Therapy is effective for an approach to couples therapy.
• List 5 skills from communication skills training, QOL Therapy, and SPS Therapy and how they can be used effectively in couples therapy.
Presenter: Dr. Felgoise is a licensed psychologist, Professor, Director of the PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology, and Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She earned her degrees and postdoctoral fellowship from Hahnemann (Drexel) University, and completed an APA-accredited internship UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, in Piscataway, NJ, where she spent a year training in the Marital and Sexual Health Clinic. Dr. Felgoise earned her diplomate in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology in 2003, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology.
Dr. Felgoise is a clinician, educator, mentor, scholar, researcher, and consultant trained in the scientist-practitioner model. She teaches doctoral courses and gives workshops regularly in Quality of Life; Therapy for Couples and Relationships; Sexual Health and Dysfunction; Problem-Solving Therapy for Medical Patients and general clinical populations; Grief, Loss and Bereavement; and other topics, focusing on cognitive-behavioral theory and therapy.
Dr. Felgoise also conducts and publishes research in the listed areas, including a coauthored book on problem-solving therapy published by the American Psychological Association, and is on the editorial board for several peer-reviewed journals. She is an active members the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, American Psychological Association, Div. 12 (Clinical), Div. 38 (Health), Div. 54 (Pediatrics), the Society for Behavioral Medicine, the American Academy of Clinical Psychology, and the American Board of Professional Psychology.
Dr. Felgoise has been in private practice for 16 years helping individuals cope and adjust to daily life stressors, medical conditions, sexual health and dysfunction, couples and family problems, anxiety, grief, depression, and helping individuals improve their overall quality of life and positive experiences by use of problem solving therapy and other empirically-supported cognitive behavioral therapy techniques.
“NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop. 6 CEs will be awarded for completion of this course. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.”
Date: January 29, 2016
Time: 8:30am registration, workshop: 9am to 4pm (1 hour lunch break)
Location: Belmont Behavioral Health, 4200 Monument Road, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Credits: 6 CEU’s for PA Social Workers; MFT’s and PC’s
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