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Master Therapist Series presents spring workshop ‘Couples and Family Therapy’

01.19.2015 | By:

Texas Wesleyan’s Marriage and Family Therapy Program is excited to present the spring workshop, “Couples and Family Therapy: Ways to Apply the Core Tasks of Psychotherapy.” Don Meichenbaum, Ph.D., will present the workshop on Jan. 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Baker Building. The workshop is part of the Master Therapist Series.

About the workshop

There is a controversial debate between those who advocate for evidence-based manualized treatment approaches versus those who advocate for relationship-focused interventions. Meichenbaum will provide a third alternative, a model of "expertise" in implementing the core tasks of psychotherapy as employed in couples and family therapy. These core tasks include ways to establish and maintain therapeutic relationships; ways to conduct psycho-education and collaborative goal-setting that nurtures hope; teaching intra- and interpersonal coping skills to couples and families; ways to bolster their resilience and ways to address issues of victimization and developmental attachment issues. A detailed handout will be provided.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Implement the core tasks of psychotherapy with couples and families
  • Assess for possible interpersonal violence and comorbid disorders
  • Enhance couples' and family relationships by helping them improve communication and social problem solving skills
  • Help couples collaboratively address the impact of victimization and traumatic experiences
  • Help couples and families bolster resilience, using a "strengths-based” treatment approach

About Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D.

Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D., is distinguished professor emeritus, University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, from which he took early retirement 18 years ago. He is presently research director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment of Victims of Violence in Miami. (Please see, which received two million hits worldwide this year.) He is one of the founders of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and in a survey of clinicians, he was voted "one of the 10 most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century." He has received many accolades including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Clinical Division of the American Psychological Association and Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association. He has presented in all 50 U.S. states and internationally. He has published extensively and his latest book is Roadmap to Resilience  His workshops are noted for their combination of critical-mindedness, clinical practicality and humor.

To register for the event, please cut and paste the link below.

Contact: Linda Metcalf, Ph.D. 

As part of the new Ph.D. Program in Marriage and Family Therapy, the Master Therapist Series is open to the community of mental health practitioners and students as a means of extending quality education and CEUs for LPCs, LMFTs and Social Workers.