Couples Therapy Using Cognitive, Behavioral, and Mindfulness-Based Techniques
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. 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 Problem-Solving Therapy for Medical Patients and general clinical populations; Grief, Loss and Bereavement; Improving Quality of Life; Sexual Dysfunction and Sexual Health; Qualitative Methodology, among others.
Dr. Felgoise’s clinical research focuses on quality of life in, and psychosocial aspects of, ALS (Lou Gherig’s Disease) and Long QT Syndrome (LQTS, a life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia condition). Research on these topics have emphasized factors relating to quality of life, social problem solving, coping and adjustment, resilience factors (hope, optimism, spirituality), and comorbid psychological conditions (i.e., anxiety, depression). Her work has been grant supported in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging. These research projects have been funded by the ALS Association and the Christopher Reeves Foundation, and presented at the Heart Rhythm Society, Society of Behavioral Medicine, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Neurology Associations, and other conferences. She and her collaborators have published their works in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Neurology, and Quality of Life journals.
Dr. Felgoise has also co-authored numerous national conference presentations in her areas of research, and previously on coping with cancer, including a book published by the American Psychological Association, Helping Cancer Patients Cope: A Problem-Solving Approach. She is also an associate editor and author for the Encyclopedia of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies by Kluewer, and co-author of a graduate textbook, Clinical Psychology: Integrating Science and Practice.
For more than 15 years, Dr. Felgoise has been an active member of 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 is Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychology, and Consulting Editor for Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. She also serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for Psycho-Oncology and others.
Dr. Felgoise has been in private practice for 15 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.
Credits: 6 CEU’s for PA Social Workers; MFT’s and PC’s Fee: $115.00
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“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.”