Treating Couples Well: A Practical Guide to Collaborative Couples Therapy

Masters Series in Clinical Practice 

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David Treadway, PhD, Instructor

Couples come into treatment presenting a wide array of issues: communication, conflict, sexuality, affairs, parenting, mental illness, substance abuse, multi-generational family problems etc. Couples often struggle with too many of these issues all at the same time. David Treadway’s model of organizing couples therapy helps the clients design their own treatment plan. This workshop will show how to give couples choice whether to work on making changes in the here and now, focus on healing from the wounds of their past, or visit the dynamics of their family of origin. Dr. Treadway will demonstrate with video, role play, and discussion how this model helps couples invest in their own treatment, learn how to collaborate respectfully, and tolerate living with unresolved issues while working on changing one aspect of their relationship at a time. In addition to demonstrating this collaborative model of organizing couples treatment, Treadway will also present a wide range of therapeutic strategies, protocols, and interventions for enhancing intimacy and sexuality, dealing with additions and mental illness, and trauma recovery.  This workshop will also demonstrate how to engage and motivate couples to do exercises between sessions and show the transformational impact on treatment when couples actually do their homework.

Specific learning objectives:

  1. Discuss how help couples contract for a customized approach to therapy

  2. Examine how to address resistance and motivate couples to do therapeutic homework.

  3. Develop comfort and skill working with couples sexuality and intimacy issues.

  4. Describe how to use the Amends and Forgiveness protocol

  5. Utilize a treatment model for working with couples and addictions

  6. Identify and learn to work with their own counter-transference issues.

Program Code: MS97

Credits: 6 CE/CME

About The Masters Series

The Master Series affords the chance to spend a complete day with leaders in our field to consider the unique perspective each speaker brings to the challenging dilemmas in both theory and practice. We hope that you will consider joining us for the entire series or choose the programs most relevant to your own practice. You can visit our other Master Series offerings here.


  • When

  • Friday, April 20, 2018
    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • William James College
    1 Wells Avenue
    Newton, Massachusetts 02459

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