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Getting Connected: The Therapeutic Engagement and Treatment of Couples with...

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In the past 20 years there has been an abundance of research recognizing the importance of the therapeutic relationship as a predictor of outcome in psychotherapeutic work. In practice, couples seeking help often include those presenting with a recent history of domestic violence, infidelity, substance abuse, or other behavioral anomalies, manifested by one or both members of the dyad. In particular, where interpersonal violence is extant, clinicians often struggle with what to do with couples who want to remain together, and how to help them mitigate their potential to act out non-productively. The approach that is presented in this workshop is distinguished by its emphasis on the unmet relational needs behind maladaptive behaviors, rather than the behaviors themselves. This workshop will demonstrate possibilities for client engagement for couples who are difficult to work with, especially those with a history of interpersonal violence. This workshop will demonstrate when and how to work with “violent” or difficult to engage couples and how this approach can minimize client-therapist contextual resistance, improve the therapeutic alliance, promote couple safety and afford an opportunity for these clients to engage in more productive conversations and the realization of treatment goals.

Tom Caplan, MS, MA, MSW, MFT, PSW is a registered Social Worker (OTSTCFQ), licensed Psychotherapist (OPQ), Certified Marriage and Family Therapist (AAMFT), and a Certified Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor (AAMFT). Tom is an Adjunct Professor at McGill University’s School of Social Work and consultant to the McGill Domestic Violence Clinic. He is also a designated expert in Domestic Violence for the Quebec Court System. Tom does clinical work with forensic populations, is a consultant to the Caplan Therapy Centre and is the founder and consultant to the Montreal Anger Management Centre. Tom has published two books and numerous peer-reviewed journal articles on The Needs Acquisition and Behavior Change model (Needs ABC), which he developed. The Needs ABC model uses an integrated therapeutic approach that combines strategies also described in cognitive-behavioral, motivational, narrative and emotion-focused work. Tom has also participated in numerous research projects in collaboration with McGill University, Concordia University, the Jewish General Hospital and the Douglas Hospital.

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Anyone working in the areas of domestic and family violence and abuse, sexual assault and abuse and bullying, trauma, and anyone interested in couples work.

This training will be valuable for, Counsellors, Victim Services, Social Workers, Psychologists, those who work domestic and/or family violence, or anyone that works with difficult couples.

For further information, please e-mail Matthew Macneil (Addictions Counsellor – Family Violence and Justice Program, Alberta Health Services) Matthew.Macneil@ahs.ca or phone at (780) 793-8360

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