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Treating Couples – Harvard Medical School

November 4, 2016 - November 5, 2016


This course is designed to present advances in treatment and research in couple therapy by explaining the dynamics of relationships; dissecting the patterns of interactions that have stalled relationships; and by providing information to help couples work together. A variety of treatment interventions will be highlighted to illustrate what works best for various types of challenges. The emphasis will be on creative solutions for working with couples at risk for divorce or who are experiencing conflict in their relationship.

Interactive learning formats, including group case discussions, Q and A, panel presentations, and didactic lectures will be used to assist the learners in developing new strategies that they can apply in their practice setting.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the biology of love
  • Determine how couple therapists learn from their own as well as their patients’ relationships
  • Analyze what men want and what the therapy issues are for long-married couples
  • Determine how to intervene after an affair, because of sexual addiction or cybersex, after coming out LGBTQ in a heterosexual relationship, or because of intense conflicts within a marriage
  • Identify steps in the evaluation process and in ending therapy
  • Describe ways to apply Internal Family Systems to couples in conflict and explain the practice of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy in couple therapy

Target Audience

This course is intended for all health and mental health clinicians, educators, researchers, and others interested in the principles and practices of treating couples.


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Boston, MA 02111 United States
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