National Association of Social Workers, Missouri Chapter.
Currently, there are a small handful of couples therapies that are considered evidence-based. Despite the differences between these therapies, research is now pointing to the fact that these therapies may be more similar than dissimilar. Recent advances in the study of couples therapy has identified five common factors (or therapeutic tasks) that are shared by all of the evidence based treatments. As such, it is now possible to use these common factors to build an effective road map for interventions with all types of couples. Therapists can begin building an evidence-based toolkit of interventions for working with couples in distress, and to do so in a way that is uniquely tailored to the style of the therapist. Participants will learn how to perform a thorough and clinically useful relationship assessment that can guide treatment. They will also learn how to disrupt dysfunctional interactional behaviors, shift participants underlying beliefs about the relationship, facilitate effective communication, build on existing strengths, and use underlying emotional wounds as a vehicle to turn conflict into intimacy.
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