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Therapeutic Techniques for Working with high Conflict Couples
Presenter: Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, LCSW-R
This webinar offers 1 NYS ED Self Study Credits
Most couples do not realize that when they are in a state of high conflict they are actually, physiologically in a state of panic. It’s not just a “bad fight”. Rather, the degree of reactivity and aggression is manifested because the organism enters into a “fight or flight” mode. When a person experiences an imminent threat and danger, the entire body and brain enter into a different state. Empathy and long-range planning abilities are muted while aggression and vindictiveness are front burner. Certain relationships and conflicts can arouse this kind of response, even though the threat or danger is emotional and not physical. If one can learn to switch out of this state, many marital fights can be de-fused before they escalate into dangerous territory where people say or do things they will regret later on. In this seminar, we will discuss various techniques to switch couples out of panic mode and encourage meaningful problem-solving solving discussions about issues that normally cause major arguments.