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Advanced 5-Day Training in the Pragmatic-Experiential Method for Improving Relationships

November 8-12, 2017 — The Couples Research Institute, Geneva, Illinois.

If you’ve attended at least one previous intensive training in the Pragmatic-Experiential Method for Improving Relationships (a.k.a., “The PEX Method”), you are invited to participate in an advanced training that will be conducted November 8-12, 2017 at the Couples Research Institute in Geneva, Illinois. This training will include 5 main areas of focus:

  1. The Recalibration Protocol. Even when weekly therapy sessions are going well, couples often progress slowly because they get into arguments between sessions that they are unable to repair without the assistance of the therapist. In this training, you will learn how to equip your clients with a powerful protocol that they can use between sessions to repair upsets on their own. You’ll also teach them procedures for sending audio recordings to you from their smartphones when they’re stuck. You’ll gain expertise in knowing what to listen for and how to send succinct and targeted guidance back to them. Finally, you’ll learn a system for how to bill for your between-session work.
  2. Organizing Therapy Sessions for Maximum Efficiency. Couples therapy sessions often necessitate resolving the latest upsets that happen each week, and therapy can evolve into a pattern of constantly putting out fires, never getting ahead of the curve. But as clients use the Recalibration Protocol to resolve disagreements on their own, more time is freed up during sessions. Dr. Atkinson will demonstrate how to use this time efficiently. You will learn a 10-step process for helping partners get proactive, come to terms with their differences, cut their losses, and make agreements in advance that involve compromise in areas where they perpetually disagree.
  3. The Reconditioning Practices.

    For many partners, the task of reacting more effectively when feeling emotionally triggered is daunting, involving the continual reining in and overriding of counterproductive tendencies. When they are highly motivated, they can do it. But in the stress and wear and tear of daily life, old instincts take over. For lasting change to happen, people must go beyond overriding wayward tendencies. They must develop new ones that take them in the right direction. In this training, Dr. Atkinson will detail three types of daily practices that enable newly acquired disagreement-related tendencies to sink down into the bones and become like muscle-memory.

    But partners need more than just good disagreement-related tendencies. They also need to experience genuine feelings of interest and affection on a daily basis. Some partners find instead that they feel detached or preoccupied. While they may go through the motions of love, they lack genuine interest, finding it difficult to care about their partners’ feelings. Fortunately, recent studies show that there are daily practices that can increase naturally-occurring feelings of love and connection. In this training, Dr. Atkinson will detail 19 such practices.

  4. Maximizing the Benefit of the New Client Manual. This past year, Version 4.6 of the client manual (Developing Habits for Relationship Success) was released; containing several new chapters, over a dozen new exercises, and a series of audio-recordings that clients can consult for on-demand guidance (Contact the Couples Clinic for a free copy of the new client manual if you don’t already have one). While a front-to-back reading of the manual can be useful, Dr. Atkinson believes that the real benefit of the manual comes when you know exactly when to assign specific readings and exercises. In this training, he will show you how you can get the most out of the manual.
  5. Becoming Strong in All Aspects of the Model.  Now that you’ve been using elements of the PEX Method for a while, you may realize that your skills are stronger in some phases of the method than others. What do you need to be better at? Getting your clients on board? Motivating them to do between-session exercises that increase feelings of love and connection? Short-circuiting reactivity during therapy sessions? Once you’ve registered for the training, you’ll receive a survey asking you to select areas of focus where you need to become more proficient. Dr. Atkinson will tailor the training to your needs.

As usual, Dr. Atkinson will illustrate interventions and methods using videotapes of sessions with clients and you will engage in skill-building exercises each day of the training.

Feel free to call or email Dr. Atkinson with questions.

Training Schedule:
Wed-Sat (May 17-20): 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM;
Sun (May 21): 8:30 AM – 12 PM

REGISTRATION: Click here to register now.