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The Woodsfellow Institute for Couples Therapy
The Woodsfellow Institute for Couples Therapy

Consultation Groups

The Woodsfellow Institute for Couples Therapy

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Training in Couples Therapy is a training group for therapists who would like to learn more about couples therapy. It meets five Friday mornings, 9:30 to 11:30. The first meeting is Friday January 19. Subsequent dates are February 2 & 16, March 2 & 30.

This training group is open to all therapists, there is no prerequisite. The Winter 2018 session will cover five different approaches to couples therapy: 

  • Imago Therapy
  • Mars/Venus Counseling
  • Gottman Method
  • Emotionally-Focused Therapy
  • Relational Empowerment Therapy
Each meeting will be a presentation of the most important theory, and the most important intervention, in each of these methods. For any method you're not already familiar with, this will be a good introduction. For the methods you already know, you may benefit from hearing how we have selected and adapted the components of that approach. For instance, we will discuss:

  • When to use mirroring, and when not to.
  • When and how to use gender differences to promote more cooperation and humor
  • How to use assessment in the beginning of couples therapy
  • How to help couples understand their negative cycles
  • How to motivate reluctant and ambivalent clients​​

This training group is for:

  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Marriage and family therapists
  • Counselors
  • Pastoral counselors

The group is limited to 12 participants. For more information, please call us at (404) 325-3401The cost is $75 per two-hour meeting. There are 2 CEs per meeting. These CEs are APA-approved for psychologists, and Related hours for counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists. Each participant commits to attend, and pay for, the whole series of five meetings. There is one free miss allowed.

You can click this link to register now for Training in Couples Therapy.


Working with Difficult Couples is an advanced consultation group that meets Friday mornings, 9:30 to 11:30. This advanced group is limited to therapists who (1) have taken two or more sessions of Working with Difficult Couples already (or two or more sessions of Advanced Training in Couples Therapy), and (2) have a practice that includes couples therapy.

We will focus on working with difficult couples and the challenging situations that arise in couples therapy. The Winter 2018 session is January through March. The first meeting is Friday January 12th. 

The group is limited to ten participants, and is now full. However, please call us at (404) 325-3401 if you'd like to be on a cancellation list. 

This consultation group is for:

  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Marriage and family therapists
  • Counselors
  • Pastoral counselors

This training will help you:

  1. Assess a couple's chances of staying together, and of being happy together.
  2. Use the Relationship Grid to assess each partner's role in the relationship difficulties.
  3. Diagram a couple's core conflict in a way that guides your interventions.
  4. Draw a couple's genogram to portray their significant family patterns and dynamics.
  5. List the kinds of couples you should refer, rather than treat yourself.
  6. Be clear about "who is the patient?" in the couples you treat.
  7. Choose assessment instruments for your work with couples.
  8. List the important steps in couples therapy with affairs.
  9. Formulate your own policy about confidentiality and secrets between couples.
  10. Teach a time-out agreement to stop escalation between couples.
  11. Discuss verbal and/or emotional abuse with couples, and help couples end abuse.

We use a case presentation format. You will have the opportunity to discuss some of your challenging couple cases and get feedback about them. Usually, each case has lessons for all of us.

I imagine we will discuss separation, divorce, affairs, anger, verbal abuse, violence, power struggles, withdrawal, betrayal, therapist loyalty, confidentiality, ethical issues, narcissism, control, grandiosity, etc. We may cover other topics as well, because our discussion will be guided by the cases you present.

There is no required style of case presentation. Some people just talk about a couple they’re having trouble with. Others bring in genograms and core conflict charts and testing data. People have brought in videotapes and audiotapes. You are welcome to present your cases in any way that you would like.

The cost is $85 per two-hour meeting. Each participant commits to the entire series of meetings. If you're interested in this Working with Difficult Couples consultation group, please call us at (404) 325-3401.

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