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Couples Therapy: Communication Strategies that work!
Couples Communication continuing education psychology CEUs

Course Learning Objectives/Outcomes
Counselor CEUs, Social Worker CEUs, Psychologist CEs, MFT CEUs

By the end of the course, the Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, Social Worker or Psychologist will be able to:
- Explain a working definition of "intimacy" that a therapist might use in conjoint therapy.
- Explain three common types of marriages in which togetherness has been chosen over intimacy, causing conflict.
- Explain, if the therapist must "risk" straining the therapeutic relationship with one partner, failure to have a strong relationship with which partner runs a greater risk of negatively affecting the outcome of conjoint therapy.
- Explain four common ways couples undermine communication during infidelity issues.
- Explain five common types of filters.
- Explain the three ground rules for both the speaker and listener in the speaker-listener technique.
- Explain five kinds of hidden issues between spouses.
- Explain three key assumptions that can help couples approach learning steps to solve problems together.
- Explain the five steps in the "Address with Respect" problem solving technique.
- Explain, according to Scheinkman and Fishbane, the five important elements in the vulnerability cycle diagram.
- Explain five roadblocks to friendship in marriage.
- Explain three barriers to fun that couples may experience.
- Explain two of the biggest roadblocks to sexuality between married couples.
- Explain three key topics concerning the process of forgiveness.
- Explain one of the therapist rationales for utilizing the Couples Assessment Summary.
- Explain, according to Fisher, what is objective identification.
- Explain, according to Wiener and Oxford, what are the 9 advantages of Action Methods in comparison with exclusively verbal techniques that apply particularly well to conjoint therapy.
- Explain why intercultural marriages more susceptible to stress and have a higher frequency of divorce.
- Explain, according to the Gottman technique, the four most common corrosive negative factors in unstable unions.
- Explain, according to Donahey, how therapists can be change-focused when clients return for additional visits.
- Explain the nine steps of treatment for Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.
- Explain, according to Bergner, the five barriers to a loving relationship.
- Explain, for action modality psychotherapy, what type of psychodramatic structure the therapist uses for guided dramatic action.
- Explain, according to Dym & Glenn, the three stages of couple development.
- Explain the sustained empathic inquiry.
- Explain why the invocation of separate rules or the suggestion of new problem-solving methods in relationships add fuel to the fire.

"The instructional level of this course is introductory, intermediate, or advanced depending on the learners clinical area of expertise."

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Counselor CEUs, Social Worker CEUs, Psychology CEUs, MFT CEUs

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