Location: Hartford Public Library, Rm 026, 500 Main St.
Distress in couples can be one of the most hurtful experiences to the adult relationship and threatens to reverberate through the family system. Attachment theory provides a framework to navigate the presenting “hurt” to a manageable calm and safety to begin the work. Distress in the couple relationship can affect the physical and psychological states of the individuals, surrounding family members and extended families as well. When the system is in pain, an assessment of the level of couple distress and commitment to the relationship guides the clinician to navigate the flood of emotions.
This seminar will discuss treating couples and the essential dimensions of love and attachment. Evidenced based theory is an essential part to developing treatment strategies. While systems theory provides the background to this discussion, references to psychodynamic and behavioral perspectives will also be included.
Using lecture, discussion, group participation and case examples, the seminar will include:
- the history and development of attachment theory
- the meaning of love, falling in love, and being in love in a life cycle perspective
- an assessment of contemporary couples and the current landscape of social change, technology, and attachment behavior
- an examination of distressed couples, attachment injuries, and goals for treatment
- a discussion of therapeutic models for connection, intimacy, acceptance, and resilience, as well as disconnection and loss