The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy:
Integrating Attachment, Differentiation and Neuroscience
After completing this course you will be able to:
- Integrate core concepts from Attachment, Differentiation and Neuroscience into work with couples.
- Diagnose the developmental stage of a couple’s relationship.
- Select stage-appropriate treatment interventions in your work with couples.
- Describe how to actively control and contain conflict in your office with hostile, angry partners.
- Decide when couples therapy is the treatment of choice and know how to get couples work off to a strong start, while avoiding common pitfalls.
- Identify and assess early attachment patterns and explain to couples why understanding this is crucial to how they interact with one another.
- Recognize four common ways couples manage anxiety that inhibit their growth and result in chronic problems of depression, withdrawal or addictions.
- Describe entrenched blame and withdrawal patterns.
- Apply effective empathy between partners who have become disengaged.
- Describe to couples the role of the limbic system in increasing the intensity of their fighting.
- Differentiate between differentiation and individuation.
- Locate vulnerability to shift entrenched hostility.
- Discuss the role of the “limbic brain” in couples conflict.
- Establish effective treatment plans with passive aggressive partners.
- Explain the origin of passive aggressive dynamics.
- Develop effective limit setting with the spouse of the passive aggressive partner.
- Utilize effective repair strategies for couples recovering from an affair.
- Utilize Gestalt methods to resolve internal conflicts.
- Examine individual conflicts that impede relationship growth.