Couple Power Therapy
CE Workshop for Mental Health Professionals and Marital Therapists*
with Dr. Peter L. Sheras
& Dr. Phyllis R. Koch-Sheras
August 8-11, 2013
Participants of the workshop will be eligible for
16 hours of CE credit
through the Alaska Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association.
Couples therapy is an increasing part of most health care practices today. Based on their over thirty years of experience being marital therapists and a married couple themselves, the presenters describe a new paradigm for couple -- one that deals with the couple as an entity with its own unique personality and dynamics. Challenging the prevailing notion of individualism prevalent in traditional psychotherapy and Western culture, the presenters teach a simple, efficient therapeutic model for achieving positive couple functioning.
At the heart of this model are the Four C's of Couple Power Therapy (CPT): commitment, cooperation, communication, and community. By focusing on what is possible rather than on pathology and what is wrong, the CPT model makes treatment positive and encouraging for both clients and therapists. The emphasis on community in treatment is unique and cutting-edge, as is the need to emphasize commitment before communication training, and the understanding of the cultural barriers to successful couple treatment. Methods for developing support for couples during and after treatment will be included. Role playing and video case material will be used to demonstrate techniques, and current research regarding this model will also be presented.
This program is designed to meet the following educational objectives. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
- Utilize the concept of the couple as a single entity in working with clients.
- Identify the four major tasks to be accomplished for creating and sustaining healthy relationships and use them to assess a couple's current level of functioning.
- Facilitate the creation of a "couple proclamation" to establish couple commitment.
- Utilize a variety of techniques to develop cooperation and communication in client couples.
- Apply methods for creating both vertical and horizontal community support groups for couples.
- Identify cultural, client and therapist obstacles to successful treatment of couples.
*This workshop is open to all mental health professionals and marital therapists. Sixteen (16) continuing education credits will be available, for a separate $15 fee, through AK-PA to participants who attend the entire workshop. There will be an application packet available at the event to submit for an AK-PA CE certificate. AK-PA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer CE programs for psychologists. Drs. Sheras and Koch-Sheras, maintain responsibility for the program.
Peter L. Sheras, PhD, ABPP, is a clinical psychologist and a professor in the University of Virginia's Curry Programs in Clinical and School Psychology. He has been in part-time independent practice for more than 35 years and has authored publications on couples, parenting, youth violence, and adolescent development, including Your Child: Bully or Victim?-- Understanding and Ending Schoolyard Tyranny (2002), and I Can't Believe You Went Through My Stuff (2004). He holds a diplomate in clinical psychology, is a fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists, and past president of the Virginia Psychological Association. He appears frequently as an expert in the media on topics of couples, adolescents, and families. He received his doctorate from Princeton University.
Phyllis R. Koch-Sheras, PhD, is a practicing clinical psychologist and coauthor of several books on dreams and couples, including The Dream Sourcebook (1998). She is past-president of the Virginia Applied Psychology Academy, the Virginia Psychological Association and the Society for Media Psychology and Technology. She received her doctorate from the University of Texas and has worked in state hospitals, university counseling centers, and independent practice. She was previously the Director of Training for the University Of Virginia Counseling Center.
The presenters have been working with couples together since the mid-1970's and have been training therapists for 35 years. They have been married for over three decades and have two married adult children. Drs. Sheras and Koch-Sheras are featured regularly on the radio and popular blogs and live in Charlottesville, Virginia. They have co-authored articles, chapters and books on relationships, including Couple Power Therapy (2006) and Lifelong Love: 4 Steps to Creating and Maintaining an Extraordinary Relationship (2012).
$795 double occupancy, $895 single occupancy
Includes: Round-trip boat transportation from Homer, a tour of the boardwalks and art galleries of Halibut Cove, 3-nights lodging, mindful gourmet meals, facilitator, tuition, kayak instruction, guided kayaking and hiking, sauna, Wi-Fi and optional spiritual direction, yoga and meditation.
(Gratuities, massage, gift shop, 3% tax, beer and wine not included.)
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