Anger in Couples Therapy CE Webinar for Therapists, counselors, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists


Handling Anger in Couples Therapy - 5 CEUs

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When & Where:

  • Date: Friday, October 6, 2023
  • Time: 11:00am - 5:00pm Eastern Time
  • CE Hours Included: 5 Core (please see below for more details)
  • Location: Live Interactive Webinar ("Synchronous") on Zoom
  • Investment: $120 before Friday, September 22nd at 5:00pm Eastern Time, $135 after
  • Presented by: David Woodsfellow, Ph.D. (see bio below)
  • Workshop Recording: A recording of this workshop is available to review for 60 days after the presentation. However, participants must attend live to receive the "Synchronous" CE Certificate.
  • Instruction Level: Intermediate
  • Target Audience: Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Psychotherapists, Other Mental Health Professionals

Educational Objectives:

In this workshop, you will learn how to:
  • Intervene in the very first session with angry clients
  • Explain the difference between healthy and unhealthy anger
  • Explain different sub-types of anger, including “hot” versus “cold” anger
  • Draw Terry Real’s Relationship Grid to map different types of anger
  • Teach time-outs to repair anger
  • List strategies to motivate angry clients to be more gentle
  • Describe ways to empower the partners of angry clients to be more assertive
  • Describe when couples therapy is a good treatment for anger and when it is not
Workshop Description:

Anger is often a problem in couples therapy. For instance, when one client gets angrier and angrier, we don’t know what to do. Do we let them go on, or do we interrupt them? Do we let them have their say, or do we re-route things? What do we do about the partner who is receiving this anger? Do we protect them, or do we just let the anger continue?

These are serious questions…. and difficult ones! In individual therapy, when a client vents, no one gets hurt. In couples therapy, their partner may very well be getting hurt. We might be seen as condoning that wounding. And a pattern of intimidation/submission might get established for the entire course of therapy.

In couples therapy, we have a much greater need to disrupt negative patterns, especially ones that are acted out in sessions. In this workshop, Dr. Woodsfellow will teach you how to do this while maintaining a good therapeutic relationship. Of course, we need to stay centered, reasonable, and respectful. But we also need therapeutic boundaries and consent so that we can help clients change their destructive patterns. You will also learn how sometimes we can quickly inspire dramatic change regarding anger and what to do with clients who are not interested in making such changes.

Presented by: David Woodsfellow, Ph.D.

Dr. David Woodsfellow is a licensed psychologist whose practice is 100% couples therapy. He has been seeing couples -- only couples, no individuals -- for 20 years, and teaching other therapists about couples therapy for 15 years. His workshops are highly engaging and immediately useable.

Dr. Woodsfellow received his B.A. at Harvard, his M.Ed. at Antioch New England, his M.A. at UC Santa Barbara, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Georgia State University. He did his clinical psychology internship at the Neuropsychiatric Institute of UCLA Medical School. Dr. Woodsfellow has been personally trained by Drs. Harville Hendrix, John Gray, John Gottman, and Mr. Terry Real. He holds Master Certification in Relationship Empowerment Therapy, and has previously been a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist. He has taken Advanced Training in Gottman-Method Relationship Therapy and Emotionally-Focused Therapy.

Agenda (Eastern Time):

  • 10:30am - 11:00am | Sign-In and Welcome
  • 11:00am - 12:30pm | Session
  • 12:30pm - 12:40pm | Break
  • 12:40pm - 1:55pm | Session
  • 1:55pm - 2:35pm | Lunch Break
  • 2:35pm - 3:35pm | Session
  • 3:35pm - 3:45pm | Break
  • 3:45pm - 5:00pm | Session
  • 5:00pm | Continuing Education Certificates Available

5 Core CE Clock Hours Included - Details by License Type Below:

  • PSYCHOLOGISTS: The Knowledge Tree (TKT) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For more detailed information on the current CE ruling in Georgia, or if you are licensed in another state or country, please click here.
  • COUNSELORS: The Knowledge Tree has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP), ACEP No. 7153. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Knowledge Tree is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Please click here for more detailed CE information.
    • Counselors Licensed in Canada: This workshop is approved for 5 credit hours through the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), event code: 64964293.
  • SOCIAL WORKERS: This workshop is approved for 5 core CE hours through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work (GSCSW), approval #071323. If you are licensed in another state or country, please click here for more detailed information.
  • MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS: This workshop is approved for 5 core CE hours through the Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (GAMFT), approval #131-2023. If you are licensed in another state or country, please click here for more detailed information.

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