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NEFESH ALL POINTS NORTH LODGE Professional Development

Therapeutic Techniques for Working with high Conflict Couples Part 2

Previously Recorded

Presenter: Simcha Feuerman, LCSW-R

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60 minutes

Learning Objectives:
  1. Practitioners will learn about how family ties, culture and/or religion can affect couple’s regulation and dysregulation, as well affect engagement to therapist course of treatment.
  2. Practitioners will learn to correctly assess when individual spouses require separate treatment and how to present this recommendation without arousing defensiveness or a feeling that one spouse is being blamed.
  3. To develop perceptual/observational skills to facilitate an increased awareness of systems interactions and the meaning and effect that these have on the system. Perceptual skills focus on the counselor’s active observations with the aim of accurately interpreting client issues within the context of the entire unit.
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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.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Practitioners will learn about how family ties, culture and/or religion can affect couple’s regulation and dysregulation, as well affect engagement to therapist course of treatment.
  2. Practitioners will learn to correctly assess when individual spouses require separate treatment and how to present this recommendation without arousing defensiveness or a feeling that one spouse is being blamed.
  3. To develop perceptual/observational skills to facilitate an increased awareness of systems interactions and the meaning and effect that these have on the system. Perceptual skills focus on the counselor’s active observations with the aim of accurately interpreting client issues within the context of the entire unit.
Resources for further study:

  • NEFESH International SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0048