What's Couple's Therapy Got to do with it? BHCE

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 05:00 PM until 07:00 PM
Location and Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Online / Web Delivered
Contact Person
AKTC Support
Support Phone
(907) 264-6244
Support Email
Support Website
Cost Range

Host And Instructor

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Rural AKHealth Professions Foundation/AKTraining Cooperative
Steven Dromgool, Masters in Counseling, BLS, MNZAC, Relate Counseling, Auckland, NZ


C.E. Credit for National Association of Social Workers Alaska Chapter (NASW-AK): 2.00
. This program has been approved by the National Association of Social Works Alaska Chapter for 2 social work contact hours in Substance Abuse Specific per approval certificate #.”#OA081919-013AK
Contact Hours: 2.00
C.E. Credit for BH - Alaska Board of Professional Counselors: 2.00
C.E. Credit for BH - Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification (ACBHC): 2.00
Specialization: Domestic Violence

Training Overview Description

For decade’s couples therapy was the black hole of therapeutic endeavor. Our success rates were around 50% - roughly the same as couples trying to work out issues themselves (and the divorce rate). A review of the research indicated that sometimes we made couples worse. Yet the last 30 years has seen the emergence of a series of research and practice based improvements that allow us to assess couple’s risk of divorce with over 90% accuracy and engage with over 80% success in helping couples reduce their distress. We now know that conjoint couple’s therapy leads to faster and more enduring success in helping clients recover from addiction, mental health disorders especially anxiety and depression and significantly reduces domestic violence.

In this introductory training we will be looking at using PORT – Presence Oriented Relationship Therapy to help you engage the power of the couple support system to facilitate other therapeutic outcomes. PORT is a promising practice created from the evidenced-based practices of the Gottman Theory, Emotion Focused Therapy, and others.

Topics covered include:

  • Neuroplasticity of Attraction
  • Relational Mindfulness
  • Relational Motivational Interviewing
  • The Rapid De-escalation and Connection Strategy - STOP

Training objectives:

  1. Participants will learn effective rapid ways to de-escalate couples in conflict.
  2. Participants will learn to assess relationship strengths- and engagement opportunities.
  3. Participants will learn how to engage partners in supporting their partners work

Event-specific Details

Web-Conference Information. This training will be delivered as a live, interactive web-conference using Zoom. You must prepare for the webinar prior to the day of the training. To confirm your attendance and receive credit for taking the training you must be prepared to identify yourself and participate as requested during the training. You must be logged on and prepared with a camera and microphone (or a headset) prior to the start of training. You may connect by phone if necessary, but you must be able to participate verbally when requested. See further instructions in the AKTC e-Learning Portal.

Please plan to log into the Zoom web-conference 15-20 minutes before the training start time.

Chronic Alcoholism and Other Substance Related Disorders
Behavioral Health/Mental Illness
All Tribal Services/Tribal Government
All Substance Abuse
All Senior Services
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All Child Welfare
All Behavioral Health / Social

Registration Information

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