Presents Gottman Couples Therapy - A NEW Research-Based Approach Integrate Research-Based Methods To Maximize Your Competence and Inspire Transformation (Presented by Dr. Vagdevi Meunier) Intended Audience: Participants working in the following fields will benefit from this training: * Mental health providers * Allied professionals and clergy * Students and interns * Family clinic staff * Professors/teachers of couples therapy * Researchers in the social sciences * Employee assistance professionals About the Workshop: When couples enter the therapy office, they sting with pain and despair. They look to the clinician to referee chronic conflicts, fix their partners, and rebuild burned bridges. Now, based on Dr. John Gottman's 35 years of compelling research with over 3,000 couples, there's a practical and highly effective approach to guiding these couples across the chasm that divides them. In this workshop, Dr. Meunier will provide you with a research-based roadmap for helping couples to compassionately manage their conflicts, deepen their friendship and intimacy, and share their life purpose and dreams. In this inspirational two-day workshop, you'll learn: * New research-based assessments and effective interventions to help understand couples' struggles * Research-based strategies and tools to help couples successfully manage conflict * Skills that empower couples to dialogue about their worst gridlocked issues by uncovering their underlying dreams, history, and values * Methods to help couples process their fights and heal their hurts * Techniques for couples to deepen their intimacy and minimize relapse You'll receive a 300-page Clinical Manual featuring new relationship assessment questionnaires and clinical interventions. Clinicians who take this workshop will be equipped with new methods and tools to help couples break the cycle of criticism, defensiveness, contempt and stonewalling. Through demonstrations and films from the clinical office, you'll see how to apply the research-based principles and interventions of Gottman Method Couples Therapy to strengthen: * The Friendship System - the building block for intimacy, passion, and good sex * The Conflict System - the basis for helping couples manage solvable problems and understand and manage irresolvable differences * The Shared Meaning System - the existential foundation of the relationship that helps couples create shared purpose in building a life together Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to: 1. Summarize the research that allows prediction of future relationship stability with 94% accuracy 2. Describe the seven levels of the Sound Relationship House theory 3. Conduct a couple's therapy assessment using elements of the couple's narrative, the Oral History Interview, written questionnaires, observations of conflict, and individual interviews 4. Describe two interventions for each: to help strengthen a couple's management of conflict; to enhance a couple's friendship system; and to explore a couple's system of shared meaning. Participants who complete the two day workshop will receive Level I Gottman Certification. Registrants must attend the workshop in its entirety to receive the Certification (late arrivals or early departures on the day(s) of the workshop will not receive the certification). (Please see note below for those who attended the Gottman Model workshop at our annual conference in Calgary in May.) Date: Location: Monday October 26th and Tuesday October 27th, 2009 Red Deer, AB 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Holiday Inn, 6500 – 67th Street A block of guest rooms has been booked for those needing accommodation under group block #249614 Registration: Please register as soon as possible before September 30th as we need to order manuals for each participant. Registration Fees: Two-Day Workshop $310.00 + $135.00 for the manual – total of $445.00 + GST – PAA Member $155.00 + $135.00 for the manual – total of $290.00 + GST – PAA Student Member $395.00 + $135.00 for the manual – total of $530.00 + GST – Non-Member **Those who attended the Gottman Model workshop on May 8, 2009 at our annual conference in Calgary may register for Day Two only: $165.00 + $135.00 for the manual – total of $300.00 + GST – PAA Member $ 85.00 + $135.00 for the manual – total of $220.00 + GST – PAA Student Member $225.00 + $135.00 for the manual – total of $360.00 + GST – Non-Member Presenter: Dr. Vagdevi Meunier is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Counseling at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. She has a private clinical and consulting practice where she specializes in relationship therapy, relationship education, professional and organizational trainings and consultations. Dr. Meunier has over 25 years of experience as a therapist, consultant, and educator. She is a certified Gottman Couples Therapist, a certified Gottman Workshop Leader, and an approved professional trainer for the Gottman Institute. She has been a consultant and trainer in the Gottman method since 2006. She is also an approved Seminar Director for the Prepare-Enrich premarital assessment program. CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT: The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) to offer Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists. This workshop is offered for seven (7) hours of CE Credit per day. Full attendance at the workshop is required to receive Continuing Education Credits. Partial credit will not be awarded, and late arrivals or early departure will preclude awarding of Continuing Education Credits. PAA maintains responsibility for the program. CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY: Cancellation and refunds may be applied for in writing to the PAA office. Cancellations received fourteen (14) days prior to the Continuing Education activity will receive a full refund of the registration fee, less a $25.00 + gst processing fee. Late cancellations will be considered in the cases of illness or emergency, however, the processing fee will apply. PAA reserves the right to cancel any activity, in which case a full refund of the registration fee will be provided.
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