Our Training & Consultation Group

for therapists who work with high trauma couples

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Working with high-trauma couples presents a particular set of challenges for therapists.

Our eight-session consultation group helps you become a trauma wise couple therapist.

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Increase your capacity.

Build affect tolerance and improve your self-regulation skills. Keep your seat with highly activated couples so you can better regulate them. 
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Refine case conceptualization.

Broaden your knowledge of defense structures and unconscious communication to better understand the overall case presentation.
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Develop emotional integration.

Utilize Dan Siegel's nine domains of integration to cultivate greater intrapsychic and interpersonal integration in your couples.
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Increase your confidence and comfort working with the most challenging couples.

The Material

We approach this work through a lens informed by Stan Tatkin’s Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy, Terry Real’s Relational Life Therapy, Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, deliberate practice, somatic psychotherapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and attachment and polyvagal theories. 

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The Format

In this training and consultation group, we split time between didactic presentations, group discussions, and case consultation. Each session includes an overview of a concept or intervention for working with trauma in couple therapy. The remainder of the time we dedicate to participant case consultation and clinical questions. We provide brief reading materials to support your learning. The group is limited to eight participants. Each participant has the opportunity to bring a case for at least an hour of consultation.

Participant Criteria

Participants should have a minimum of level one training in a couple therapy models such as PACT, EFT, RLT, Gottman, or Imago, two years of experience as a couple therapist, and a basic understanding of attachment and polyvagal theories.

Working with couples and complex trauma stirs therapists' feelings and internal conflicts. Exploring difficult cases and the related transference and countertransference will, at times, be activating. We expect group members to have done their own personal therapy. We encourage participants to have support from friends, family, and colleagues outside the group.

We require a financial commitment to all eight sessions, regardless of attendance. 

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The Details

We're currently updating materials for this program. We anticipate starting the next group in early 2024. Send us an email, and we'll let you know when we finalize dates and other details.

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