Seminars

Housed in the same building as the Couples Clinic, the Couples Research Institute (CRI) is an organization dedicated to research and training in the area of couple relationships and therapy.

Couples Research Institute faculty members offer a variety of training opportunities in Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for mental health professionals across the U.S. and abroad.

CRI faculty members will travel to your area to deliver half-day, one-day, or two-day seminars for groups of mental health professionals. In recent years, a variety of professional associations have introduced their members to the Pragmatic/Experiental model in this way. Other groups such as hospitals, mental health consortiums, and community mental health agencies have also sponsored seminars on Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy. Below is a description of one of the CRI’s popular seminars:

Emotional Intelligence in Relationships: Tuning up Your Client’s Emotional Brain

Researchers have zeroed in on interpersonal skills that clearly distinguish people who end up having satisfying long-term relationships from those who don’t.  The skills are easy to understand but they can be hard to do because they require a well-tuned nervous system in order to execute them.  To navigate a relationship skillfully, one’s brain must be wired in ways that that enable mood-regulation, self-soothing, response-flexibility, empathy and attentiveness.  The neural mechanisms that enable such aptitudes cannot be willed at a moment’s notice any more than musicians or athletes can perform skillful maneuvers without many hours of practice.  Thankfully, hundreds of studies suggest that the neural mechanisms that enable self-regulation and attunement can be strengthened through practice just as surely as the mechanisms that enable complex musical or athletic movements.  In this workshop, you’ll learn how to 1) motivate clients to develop the skills that are required for healthy relationships; 2) engage clients in daily exercises that give them the nervous system capacities needed to support these skills, and 3) guide clients step-by-step through the process of skill acquisition. Whether you do couples therapy or individual relationship counseling/coaching, you’ll leave this workshop with more confidence and ability to help your clients meet the prerequisites for satisfying relationships.