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CSW - Couples Therapy: Teaching Communication Strategies that Work! Post Test

Psychologist, Ohio MFT and Counselor Post Test:
Only Psychologists, Ohio MFT's and Ohio Counselors taking this course for credit need to complete these additional questions below to be in compliance with their Boards. requirements. If you are not a psychologist, Ohio MFT or Ohio Counselor please return to the original Answer Booklet. You do not need to complete the additional questions below.

Audio Transcript Questions The answer to Question 1 is found in Track 1 of the Course Content. The Answer to Question 2 is found in Track 2 of the Course Content... and so on. Select correct answer from below. Place letter on the blank line before the corresponding question.
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1.1 What is a working definition of ‘togetherness’ that a therapist might use in conjoint therapy?
1.2 How may the ‘Separate but Intimate Journaling’ technique help a couple?
2.1 Aside from ‘closeness’, what else may ‘togetherness’ be considered as?
2.2 What does it lead to when couples refuse to acknowledge and accept each others differences?
3.1 What were the two interrelated relationships in the Symmonds and Horvath study of couples therapy?
4.1 What describes a partner who is a ‘pursuer?’
4.2 What technique encourages the pursuer to practice positive, caring entry statements to bring up the issues that need to be discussed?
5.1 What may be a useful communication strategy for couples?
6.1 How is the Speaker-Listener technique a helpful tool for couples?
7.1 What are the four ways to recognize hidden issues?
7.2 What does it mean when a partner is 'scorekeeping?'
7.3 How are ‘issues of integrity’ triggered?
9.1 What may be five rules that can make brainstorming easier, and less confrontational for couples?
9.2 Using an ABC statement can help you give your message a better chance of being heard by your partner. What three parts does an ABC statement consist of?
10.1 According to Scheinkman and Fishbane, what are some examples of vulnerabilities?
10.2 According to Scheinkman and Fishbane, what does ‘survival position’ refer to?
10.3 Why was the term ‘core impasses’ proposed?
11.1 What are two steps to the Friendship Talks technique for couples who want to improve their friendship within their marriage?
11.2 What is the Interview technique?
12.1 What are steps to the Fun Deck technique?
13.1 What are four topics relevant to help couples enhance and protect sensuality and sexuality in their marriages?
13.2 What is one of the most important things to remember about the Sensate Focus technique?
14.1 What are the steps to the five step communication strategy for helping couples frame a forgiveness discussion?

A. This may help a couple who has focused on togetherness in their marriage begin a discussion about themselves as separate people
B. ‘When partners cling to each other in emotional dependency, scared to disagree because they fear their differences will break the marriage apart’
C. Anxiety, which in turn leads to the couple to react rather than respond
D. A form of entanglement
E. Constantly seeking to discuss the important issues of the relationship, while the other withdraws and avoids
F. Allegiance relationship and alliance relationship.
G. Filter Alert
H. The ‘Gentle Startup’ technique
I. Wheel spinning, trivial triggers, avoidance, scorekeeping
J. By attempting to change the patterns in their relationship
K. When you think your spouse is questioning your standards, motives, or values
L. One partner does not feel recognized for their efforts, or that he or she feels controlled and is keeping track of all of the times they have felt their partner has taken advantage of them
M. A specific incident, the time of the incident, and how you felt
N. 1) any idea is ok to suggest 2) one of you should write the ideas down as you brainstorm 3) don’t evaluate the ideas verbally or nonverbally during the brainstorming process, which includes making faces 4) be creative! Suggest whatever comes to mind 5) have fun with it! Having a sense of humor about the brainstorming session can go a long way.’
O. A set of beliefs and strategies that individuals adopt to manage their vulnerabilities
P. Loss, abandonment, betrayal, humiliation, rejection, and insecurity
Q. Plan a time when you can talk without being interrupted, take turns picking out topics that interest each of you
R. To describe recurrent dynamics between couples
S. Brainstorm a list of fun things and write these ideas out on a set of three-by-five index cards to keep in a safe place. Then you can grab them when you’re ready for some fun, set aside a regular time for “couple time”, and take responsibility for making one of their partners three choices happen during the time you have set aside.
T. Spouses take turns pretending to be their favorite television interviewer, interviewing their partner about his or her life story
U. To keep these practice times completely separate from sex, and focus on sensuality instead
V. After setting a meeting, discussing the issue, asking for forgiveness, agreeing to forgive, the offender should make a positive commitment to change his or her behavior
W. Roadblocks to sexuality, lack of interest in sex, communicating desires, and making sensuality a priority.

Course Content Manual Questions The answer to Question 24 is found in Section 24 of the Course Content. The Answer to Question 25 is found in Section 25 of the Course Content... and so on. Select correct answer from below. Place letter on the blank line before the corresponding question

Please note every section does not have an additional question below. Some sections may have more than one question.


15.1 What are four recommendations ongoing couples therapy must focus on?
15.2 What is part 1 and 2 of the Couple Assessment Summary structure?
16.1 What may be two rules to the doubling technique?
17.1 What are ‘Action Methods?’
18.1 How did Kondo define culture?
19.1 What does PREP mean?
20.1 What are some questions to keep in mind when tapping the client’s world outside therapy?
21.1 How may the first four steps of ‘Nine Steps to Emotionally Focused Couples’ therapy help clients?
22.1 According to Yalom, what are three personal qualities ‘needless love’ fails to acquire?
23.1 What is one example of an action method?
25.1 According to Stern, why can’t therapists step outside of their own organizing principles?
26.1 What are two central themes in many of today’s couple’s therapy?

A. A restatement of each partner's complaint(s) about the relationship conflict, a summation of family, individual, and relationship history
B. 1. Increasing communication regarding a new ‘marital contract.’ 2. Increasing communication regarding earlier contract. 3.Increasing comfort with affection. 4. Looking at sexual attitudes, needs, and feelings and improving the sexual relationship
C. Therapist-initiated tasks that engage clients in physical activity or in taking on dramatic roles
D. The double must use the pro- noun I, only the client being doubled can hear the double.
E. Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program
F. ‘Culture … is no reified thing or system, but a meaningful way of being in the world, inseparable from the 'deepest' aspects of one's 'self--the trope or depth and interior space itself a product of our own cultural conventions’
G. Helping partners recognize that the problem is not their individual personalities per se, but the negative cycle of communication in which they're stuck
H. What persons, places, or things have the client sought out in the past that were useful? What was different about those times that enabled the client to use those resources? What is the client doing now (in addition to therapy) that she or he considers helpful in understanding or solving the problem?
I. Family sculpting
J. Inner strength, a sense of personal worth, and a firm identity
K. Power and control
L. because therapists are the only means of understanding clients have

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