Anger in Couples Therapy On-Demand Continuing Education Course for therapists, counselors, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists


On-Demand: Handling Anger in Couples Therapy - 5 CEUs

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  • CE Hours Included: 5 Core (please see below for more details)
  • Format: On-Demand Webinar (“Asynchronous”) ~ At your leisure to be viewed at your own pace. You may pause, rewind, and fast forward at any point during the videos. You are in complete control of how you view this workshop. It also comes with a PowerPoint and references. There is a quiz at the end to ensure viewing and required by all CE approval organizations.
  • Investment: $120 (provides lifetime access!)
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  • Presented by: David Woodsfellow, Ph.D. (see bio below)
  • 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:
  • Discuss 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
  • Demonstrate how to draw Terry Real’s Relationship Grid to map different types of anger
  • Explain 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.

What people are saying about this workshop:

  • "Excellent. The training is so enhanced by self-disclosure, examples, and humor. Honestly cannot think of a way to improve. I love doing trainings with TKT. The website is so professional and easy to navigate. I appreciate how you all keep the certificates and explain in detail CEUs, i.e., type covered, date paid vs date completed for on demand." - SE, LCSW
  • "This course was very informative and felt like it went very quickly compared to some I have been to. I appreciate all the different methods to engage the participants, and honestly felt more comfortable, not talking or being seen. I really like the honesty and self-disclosure. It was helpful to hear about the various models of couples' therapy." - EB, LCSW
  • "Very knowledgeable and relatable. I appreciate that he referred to himself and to his wife in giving examples. It normalized feelings associated with anger and made him more relatable as a presenter." BM, LCSW-S
  • "I really enjoyed diving deeper into the different modalities of treatment. Also, I love all of the examples and how David tied the material into it to make it applicable."

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

  • PSYCHOLOGISTS: The Knowledge Tree is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Knowledge Tree 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. For more detailed information regarding CE approvals, please click here.
    • Counselors Licensed in Canada: This workshop is approved for 5 credit hours through the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), event code: 64964295.
  • 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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