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Introduction to Relationship Enhancement Therapy for Couples and Families

Presenter:  Robert Scuka, Ph.D., LCSW-C
Date:  December 11, 2017         
Time:  10:00am - 1:00pm  
CEU’s:  3, Category 1
$65 before November 20, 2017
         $75 after November 20, 2017

RE Therapy combines a psychoeducational skills-training approach with deep emotional processing designed to transform couples and families’ negative patterns of interaction into positive, nurturing ones so as to facilitate deepened emotional connection and healing in ruptured relationships. The core RE skills focus on how to manage conflict effectively and how to dialogue in order to uncover clients’ most vital feelings, concerns and desires. This in turn empowers even the most distressed couples/families to resolve current and future problems on their own. An additional strength of RE Therapy is that it equalizes power within relationships, both between genders and across generations. RE Therapy is supported by 40 years of research that validates its clinical effectiveness.

This introductory workshop will briefly introduce the theory and practice of RE therapy. More importantly, the focus will be on the core RE skill of deep empathy; how to understand it, how to teach it to couples, and how to employ the special Identification Mode of verbal empathy. The workshop will include lecture, discussion, a live demonstration and an experiential practice exercise.

Participants completing this workshop will be able to:

1.  Structure a couple into a structured dialogue process to minimize negative communication and maximize constructive communication.

2.  Orient couples to a method of deep empathy within the context of a structured dialogue process.

3. Employ and teach couples a special Identification Mode of verbal empathy

Dr. Scuka is the Executive Director of the National Institute of Relationship Enhancement® in Bethesda, MD and author of Relationship Enhancement Therapy: Healing Through Deep Empathy and Intimate Dialogue (Routledge, 2005).