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Past Professional Seminars

Berne, Switzerland — October 23-27, 2017
Basic and advanced seminars in the Pragmatic/Experiential Method for Improving Relationships. (Brent Atkinson)

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada — September 20-24, 2017
5-Day Intensive Training in the Pragmatic/Experiential Method for Improving Relationships. (Brent Atkinson)

Geneva, Illinois — January 18-22, 2017
Five Day Intensive Training in the Pragmatic/Experiential Method for Improving Relationships. (Brent Atkinson)

Irvine, California — November 12, 2016
Emotional Reconditioning: Practices that Reduce Reactivity and Prime the Attachment System. Sponsored by the University of California Irvine Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. (Brent Atkinson)

Geneva, Illinois — September 21-25, 2016
Five Day Intensive Training in the Pragmatic/Experiential Method for Improving Relationships. (Brent Atkinson)

Minneapolis, Minnesota — May 6, 2016
Increasing the capacity for Love. Keynote Presentation, Annual Spring Conference of the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. (Brent Atkinson)

Geneva, Illinois — April 20-24, 2016
Five Day Intensive Training in the Pragmatic/Experiential Method for Improving Relationships. (Brent Atkinson)

Omaha, Nebraska — April 15, 2016
Increasing the capacity for Love. Keynote Presentation, Annual Spring Conference of the Nebraska Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. (Brent Atkinson)

Washington, D.C. — March 18-19, 2016
Rewiring for Love: Increasing the capacity for connection. Psychotherapy Networker Symposium
. (Brent Atkinson)

San Antonio, Texas — March 5, 2016
Increasing the capacity for Love. Keynote Presentation, Annual Spring Conference of the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. (Brent Atkinson)

New York, New York — February 12, 2016
Increasing the capacity for Love. Ackerman Institute for the Family. (Brent Atkinson)

Berne, Switzerland — November 3-7, 2015
The Pragmatic/Experiential Method for Improving Relationships.  Training for mental health professionals (Brent Atkinson).

Hendersonville, North Carolina — October 23-25, 2015
Increasing Your Capacity to Love. Annual conference of the Southeast Division of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. (Brent Atkinson)

Geneva, Illinois — September 23-27, 2015
Five Day Intensive Training in the Pragmatic/Experiential Method for Improving Relationships. (Brent Atkinson)

Madison, Wisconsin — June 5-6, 2015
Increasing the capacity for Love. The Psychology Center. (Brent Atkinson)

Washington, D.C. – March 27, 2015
Rewiring for Love. Psychotherapy Networker Symposium (contact 630-232-7457, ext. 111 for details). (Brent Atkinson).

Washington, D.C. – March 28, 2015
The Importance of Preparing Clients’ Nervous Systems for Change. Psychotherapy Networker Symposium (contact 630-232-7457, ext. 111 for details). (Brent Atkinson).

Geneva, Illinois– April 15-19, 2015
5-day Intensive Training in the Pragmatic/Experiential Method for Improving Relationships. The Couples Research Institute (Brent Atkinson).

New York, New York – February 13, 2015
Increasing the Capacity for Love. Full-day seminar for the Ackerman Institute for the Family (contact 630-232-7457, ext. 111 for details). (Brent Atkinson).

McLean, Virginia – January 24, 2015 
Increasing the Capacity for Love. Full-day seminar for the Mid-Atlantic Association for Imago Therapists (Register Here). (Brent Atkinson).

Hoffman Estates, IL — November 21, 2014
Emotional intelligence in relationships: Tuning up your client’s emotional brain. Sponsored by Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital.  (Brent Atkinson)

Irvine, California — November 8, 2014
Emotional Intelligence in Relationships: Cutting Through the Blame Game. Sponsored by the University of California Irvine Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. (Brent Atkinson)

Irvine, California — November 9, 2014
Advanced Skills Workshop: Tuning Up the Emotional Brain. Sponsored by the University of California Irvine Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. (Brent Atkinson)

Minneapolis, Minnesota — October 22-26, 2014
5-day intensive training in the Pragmatic-Experiential Method. Sponsored by The Relationship Therapy Center. (Brent Atkinson).

Geneva, Illinois– October 1-5, 2014 
5-day Intensive Training in the Pragmatic/Experiential Method for Improving Relationships. The Couples Research Institute (Brent Atkinson).

Princeton, New Jersey — September 19, 2014
Emotional Intelligence in Relationships:  Tuning Up Your Client’s Emotional Brain, Annual conference of the New Jersey Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. (Brent Atkinson)

Berne, Switzerland — August 11 – 16, 2014
The Pragmatic/Experiential Method for Improving Relationships.  Training for mental health professionals (Brent Atkinson).

Wisconsin Dells — June 27, 2014
Triggered!: Utilizing PET-C to Help Clients Connect With Their Relationship Mind. Feature presentation for the Summer Couples Conference of the Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. (Jason Nicol).

Geneva, Illinois– May 21-25, 2014 
5-day Intensive Training in the Pragmatic/Experiential Approach to Improving Relationships. The Couples Research Institute (Brent Atkinson).

Washington, D.C. — March 20-23, 2014
Mental Fitness for “Trigger-Happy” Clients:  The First Step We Too Often Overlook.  Psychotherapy Networker Symposium.  (Brent Atkinson).

New York, New York — November 8, 2013
Emotional Intelligence in Relationships:  Tuning up the Emotional Brain.   Ackerman Institute: Training for mental health professionals. (Brent Atkinson).

Berne, Switzerland — August 19 – 22, 2013
Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples.  Training for mental health professionals (Brent Atkinson).

Chicago, Illinois — June 7, 2013
Neurobiology, Attachment and Couple Therapy.  Panel Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Family Therapy Academy. (Brent Atkinson).

Denver, Colorado — June 29-30, 2012
Emotional intelligence in couples therapy:  Advanced strategies for helping your clients rewire outmoded emotional habits.  Sponsored by the Noeticus Counseling Center & Training Institute.

Geneva, IL — May 16- 20, 2012
Five-Day Intensive Training in Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples.

Hoffman Estates, IL — December 14, 2012
Lessons learned from people who know how to get their partners to treat them well: An evidence-based approach to improving relationships. Sponsored by Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital.

Geneva, IL — January 11-15, 2012
Five-Day Intensive Training in Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples.

Geneva, IL — September 14-18,  2011
Five-Day Intensive Training in Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples.

Madison, Wisconsin — July 16, 2011
Advanced PET-C Seminar:  Working with Partner Who Harbor Longstanding Resentments.  Hosted by The Psychology Center.

Washington, D.C. — June 10, 2011
Emotional Intelligence in Relationships:  Advanced Strategies for Helping Your Clients to Rewire Outmoded Emotional Habits. Hosted by the EAP Division of the National Reconnaissance Office, Central Intelligence Agency.

Geneva, IL — June 1-3,  2011
Advanced Training in Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples.

Geneva, IL — May 16-20,  2011
Five-Day Intensive Training in Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples.

Ft. Wayne, Indiana — October 1, 2010
Emotional Intelligence in Relationships:  Advanced Strategies for Helping Your Clients to Rewire Outmoded Emotional Habits.  Hosted by Park Center, Inc.

Geneva, IL — September 22-26,  2010
Five-Day Intensive training in Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples.

Dallas, Texas — May 10-14, 2010
Five-Day Intensive training in Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples.

Irvine, California — April 30-May 1,  2010
Emotional Intelligence in Relationships:  Advanced Strategies for Helping Your Clients to Rewire Outmoded Emotional Habits.  Sponsored by the University of California Irvine Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior.

Farmington, Connecticut — April 16, 2010
Emotional Intelligence in Relationships:  Advanced Strategies for Helping Your Clients to Rewire Outmoded Emotional Habits.  Master Therapist Workshop Series, University of Connecticut Health Center.

Hoffman Estates, Illinois — September 29 – October 3, 2009
Five-Day Intensive Training in Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples.   Held at Northern Illinois University’s Hoffman Estates Campus.

Portland, Oregon — September 17-19, 2009
Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples.  Two-day introductory workshop followed by a day of advanced training for a smaller group. Hosted by Lewis & Clark College.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts — July 27-31, 2009
Five-Day Training: Emotional Intelligence in Couples Therapy: Advanced Strategies for Teaching Your Clients to Rewire Outmoded Emotional Habits.  26th Annual Cape Cod Summer Symposia, New England Educational Institute (NEEI).

Appleton, Wisconsin — May 26-30, 2009
Five-Day Intensive Training in Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples. The Couples Research Institute.

Louisville, Kentucky — May 8, 2009
Emotional Intelligence in Relationships: Advanced Strategies for Teaching Your Clients to Rewire Outmoded Emotional Habits. Day-long presentation hosted by the Kentucky Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Winfield, Illinois — April 24, 2009
Emotional Intelligence in Couples Therapy: Advances from Neurobiology and the Science of Intimate Relationships.
(Paul Weiss). Behavioral Health Services Center, Central DuPage Hospital.

Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 18-22, 2009
Five-Day Intensive Training in Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples. The Couples Research Institute.

Hilton Head, South Carolina — December 11, 2008
The Crucial Role of Anger in the Process of Healthy Boundary Setting.  Two hour workshop. Annual conference of the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine.

Hilton Head, South Carolina — December 8-10, 2008
Emotional Intelligence in Couples Therapy: Advanced Strategies for Teaching Your Clients to Rewire Outmoded Emotional Habits.  Three-day Pre-Conference Training. Annual conference of the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine.

National Teleconference – October 17, 2008, 12 PM EST
Emotional Intelligence in Relationships. Hosted by Goodtherapy.org.

Carol Stream, Illinois — August 21, 2008
Treating Challenging Couples. (Paul Weiss). Wheaton Youth Outreach.

Geneva, Illinois — August 1-8, 2008
Five-Day Intensive Training in Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples.  The Couples Research Institute.

Portland, Oregon — May 23-27, 2008
Five-Day Intensive Training in Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples.  Hosted by Lewis & Clark College.

Madison, Wisconsin — April 5, 2008
Introduction to Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples.  Day-long seminar. The Psychology Center.

Hoffman Estates, Illinois — March 14, 2008
In Recovery: Recovering Intimate Relationships. (Paul Weiss). Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, Substance Abuse Series.

Washington, D.C. — March 13-16, 2008
Reconditioning the Hijacked Brain: Why Once a Week Isn’t Enough in Couples Therapy.  Psychotherapy Networker Symposium.

St. Louis, Missouri — January 21, 2008
Advanced Seminar in Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples.  Day-long seminar.

Champaign, Illinois — January 11, 2008
Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples.  Day-long seminar, The University of Illinois Counseling Center.

Hilton Head, South Carolina — December 11, 2008
Create New Emotional Habits: Secrets of Successful Intimate Partners.  Two hour workshop. Annual conference of the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine.

Des Plaines, Illinois — November 20, 2007
Emotional Intelligence in Couples Therapy: The Science of Love.  Day-long workshop. Oakton College.

Geneva, Illinois — October 17-21, 2007
Five-Day Intensive Training in Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples. (Brent Atkinson and other clinical faculty of the Couples Research Institute).

Malta, Illinois — September 19, 2007
Emotional Intelligence in Couples Therapy: Advances from Neurobiology and the Science of Intimate Relationships.  Day-long workshop. Kishwaukee College.

Portland, Oregon — August 3-4, 2007
Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples.  15-hour course offered through Lewis and Clark College.

Geneva, Illinois — June 4-8, 2007
Five-Day Intensive Training in Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples. (Brent Atkinson and other clinical facult of the Couples Research Institute).

National Teleconference — May 23, 2007
Rewiring Automatic Interpersonal Reactions through Daily Practices that Promote New Levels of Neural Integration in Each Partner.  Imago Think Tank.

St. Louis, Missouri — April 27, 2007
Emotional Intelligence in Couples Therapy: Advances from Neurobiology and the Science of Intimate Relationships.  Day-long seminar. St. Johns Mercy Medical Center.

Schaumburg, Illinois — April 3, 2007
Emotional Intelligence in Couples Therapy: Advances from Neurobiology and the Science of Intimate Relationships.  Day-long presentation. Schaumburg Family Counseling Center.

Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada — May 29, 2006
Emotional Intelligence in Couples Therapy: Advances from Neurobiology and the Science of Intimate Relationships, presentation for mental health professionals; Ten Habits of Successful Partners, presentation for the public.

Washington, D.C — March 16-19, 2006
Treating the High-Conflict Couple.  Day-long featured presentation. Psychotherapy Networker Symposium.

Elgin, Illinois — March 11, 2006
Increasing Effectiveness in Couples Therapy: Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples. (Jeff Lata). Annual Conference of the Illinois Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Vernon Hills, IL — September 16, 2005
Increasing Effectiveness in Couples Therapy. (Jeff Lata). Professional Seminar Presented to the Lake County Chapter of the Illinois Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Washington, D.C, — March 17-20, 2005
Altered States: Why insight isn’t enough.  Day-long featured presentation. Psychotherapy Networker Symposium.

Lisle, Ilinois — March 12, 2005
Introduction to Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples. (B. Atkinson, L. Atkinson, P. Kutz, J. Lata, J. Szekely, P. Weiss, K. Wittmann Lata). Clinical Workshop. Annual Conference if the Illinois Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Frankfort, Illinois — February 19, 2005
Ten Habits of Successful Spouses. (Paul Weiss). Frankfort United Methodist Church.

Geneva, Illinois — February 4, 2005
Rewiring Emotional States in Couples Therapy. (Jeff Lata). Professional Development Series sponsored by the Illinois Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The Couples Clinic.

Kenai, Alaska — February 3-6, 2005
Ten Habits of Successful Intimate Partners. (Brent Atkinson and Paul Weiss). Four days of seminars for couples hosted by Kenaitze Head Start, a program of Kenaitze Indian Tribe, IRA.

Keystone, Colorado — October 1, 2004
Emotional Intelligence in Couples Therapy: Advances from Neurobiology and the Science of Intimate Relationships.  Day-long featured presentation. Annual conference of the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council.

Dallas, Texas — October 3, 2003
The Neurobiology of Love: Rewiring Emotions in Couples Therapy.  Day-long workshop for mental health counseling professionals. The Reunion Institute, Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers.

W Washington, DC — March 21, 2003
Intimacy: What’s the Brain Got to Do With It?  Clinical Seminar. Psychotherapy Networker Symposium.

Champaign, Illinois — January 31, 2003
Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples.  Day-long seminar. The University of Illinois Counseling Center.

Washington, DC — March 7-10, 2002
Wired for Love: The Neuroscience of Change.  Clinical Seminar. Psychotherapy Networker Symposium.

Williams Bay, Wisconsin — October 5-7, 2001
Brain Processes and Parts.  10th Annual Internal Family Systems Conference. George Williams Campus of Aurora University.

Lisle, Illinois — April 28, 2001
The Neurobiology of Love: Rewiring Emotions in Couples Therapy.  Seminar for the annual conference of the Illinois Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

DeKalb, Illinois — April 28, 2001
Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples. (Brent Atkinson and Mark Anderson). Seminar at the Family Service Agency.

Elgin, Illinois — March 7, 2001
Healthy Marriage, Healthy Kids.  Seminar open to the public. Summit School.

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida — November 18, 2000
Working with Emotional States in Couples Therapy.  Full-day seminar for the Broward Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Denver, Colorado — November 2, 2000
Working with the Neurobiology of Emotion in Couples Therapy.  Full-day featured institute. Annual conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Vernon Hills, Illinois — May 23, 2000
Solutions to Problems of Motivation in Couples Therapy.  Seminar for Neuropsych Clinic.

Washington, DC — April 1, 2000
The Neurobiology of Love: “Rewiring” Emotions in Couples Therapy.  Clinical Seminar. Family Therapy Networker Symposium.

Ames, Iowa — March 9, 2000
The Brain and Intimate Behavior: The Neurophysiology of Emotion and Close Interpersonal Relationships.  Iowa State University Distinguished Lecture series.

Joliet, Illinois — January 28, 2000
Working with the Neurobiology of Emotion in Couples Therapy.  Full-day presentation, Behavioral Health Services Network.