Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida February 11-12, 2019
Loving with the Brain in Mind: A Relational-Neurobiological Approach to Couple Therapy Day 1: From Reactivity to Empowerment in Couple Therapy Day 2: Healing Intergenerational Wounds (can attend one or both days of the workshop)
Course Description Distressed couples often get caught up in mutual blame and cycles of emotional reactivity. This workshop explores the psychodynamic, interpersonal, intergenerational, cultural, and neurobiological processes that shape these cycles. Based on the latest studies from neuroscience as well as relationship research, Dr. Fishbane presents an integrative approach that empowers couples to transform their interpersonal dynamics. Interventions are offered to increase skills of social and emotional intelligence, including emotion regulation, empathy, equality, respect, and generosity. The workshop highlights the tension between kneejerk reactivity (driven by the emotional brain) and a more thoughtful ability to choose to live according to goals and values (powered by the higher brain). We will focus on ways to help partners become proactive lovers, as they work to co-author their relationship together. The second day of the workshop will focus on intergenerational factors that fuel couple distress; unfinished business from the past can haunt couples and shape their reactivity with each other. Dr. Fishbane will propose interventions to help clients “wake from the spell of childhood,” heal old intergenerational wounds, and transform current relationships with family of origin. This process often facilitates relational empowerment and healing in the couple as well as the intergenerational family. Throughout both days of the workshop, the dynamics of habit and change will be a central concern, informed by research on neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to change. Why is change so hard in adulthood? Why are clients “resistant” in therapy? The brain is wired for habit, and neuroplasticity in the adult brain, while possible, can be challenging. Dr. Fishbane will integrate insights from interpersonal neurobiology, research on couple relationships, and her many years of clinical experience in exploring the dynamics of change in couple therapy. She will explore evidence-based techniques to facilitate neuroplasticity, offering new insights into the development of relationship plasticity. Day 1: From Reactivity to Empowerment in Couple Therapy Day 2: Healing Intergenerational Wounds To register, please go to http://cdsi.fau.edu/ssw/loving-with-the-brain-in-mind/. Discount rates for students We have also reserved a discounted block of hotels for those of you coming from out of town. Hotel information can be found at this link: https://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/groups/personalized/B/BCTFLHX-FPD-20190210/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG.
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