Friday October 9, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM EDT
Registration & Continental Breakfast 8:00–8:30. The workshop begins at 8:30 

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The Mansion in Voorhees 
3000 Main Street
Voorhees, NJ 08043

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Rabbi Gary Gans 

Master Conflict Theory in Action
A Model for Integrating Couples and Sex Therapy

October 9, 2015 

Presented By:
Stephen Betchen, DSW, LMFT, CS
Heather Davidson, Ed. M., MA, LPC, CST

This 6-hour interactive workshop will train participants to utilize a comprehensive treatment model specifically designed to treat couples who present with a wide variety of problems, including sexual symptoms. The model is based on Master Conflict Theory (MCT): an integrative approach which combines psychoanalytic conflict theory and psychodynamic family-of-origin work with basic principles and exercises of sex therapy. MCT is based on book, Magnetic Partners (Betchen, 2010).
Learning Objectives

1. Participants will be able to define Master Conflict theory and its many key factors
2. Participants will be able to identify the 19 master conflicts which underlie a couple's symptoms, including sexual symptoms
3. Participants will learn a new way of conceptualizing attraction and partner choice.
4. Participants will learn a quick and accurate way to assess couple's with sexual and non-sexual problems
5. Participants will learn a new way of integrating sex therapy and couple's therapy.
6. Participants will learn a quicker more effective way to bypass a couple's defense structure. 

About Our Presenters:
Dr. Stephen J. Betchen: Dr. Betchen is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a certified sex therapist with a full-time private practice in Cherry Hill, NJ. He completed his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice specializing in marriage and family therapy and received post-graduate training at Penn’s prestigious Marriage Council of Philadelphia where he later served for several years as a Senior Clinical Therapist and Supervisor as well as Associate Director of the New Jersey Branch Office. He received his psychoanalytic training at The Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Thomas Jefferson University where he supervises graduate students in the Couple and Family Therapy Program. He is also a Senior Supervisor and Lecturer at the Council for Relationships. He is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and an AASECT Certified Supervisor.

He has published three books, the second of which, Intrusive Partners-Elusive Mates: The Pursuer-Distancer Dynamic in Couples (Routledge, 2005), was a SSTAR Professional Book Award Nominee and a Behavioral Science Book Club Selection. His latest work, Magnetic Partners: Discover How the Hidden Conflict that Once Attracted You to Each Other is Now Pulling You Apart (Simon & Shuster, 2010) has received critical acclaim from Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal Review. He is currently at work on his fourth book tentatively titled: Who’s in Charge? Recognizing and Resolving the Power and Control Struggles that are Destroying Your Relationship, In and Out of the Bedroom.

Heather Davidson: Is a Licensed Professional Counselor who provides individual and couples counseling to teens and adults. She received her Ed.M., & M.A. in counseling psychology from Columbia University in 2010.  She has training in EMDR Therapy through the EMDR Institute.  In addition, she completed The Council For Relationships Post-Graduate Sex Therapy Certificate Program and is a Certified Sex Therapist through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). In addition to AASECT, she is  also a member of the American Counseling Association and the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health with sexual and non-sexual problems.

Workshop Schedule

8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast, Registration, Networking
8:30 a.m. Morning Presentation: Introduction, Model Principles, Key Facts About Master Conflicts, 19 Master Conflicts
Noon - 1:00 p.m: Lunch
 Afternoon Presentation: Assessment, Treatment, Results, Cases  
3:15 p.m.   Wrap Up, Evaluations, CE Certificates

A special rate available to our first time workshop attendees! To review full workshop details as well as all rates and an option to register either via PayPal or by check, please click on the "Register Now" button below. 

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Note: The registration fee, less a $25.00 administrative fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received two weeks prior to the workshop. No refunds will be issued to registrants who do not attend the workshop.

We are lookikng forward to seeing everyone at the workshop. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Workshop Coordinator, Rabbi Gary Gans at: rabbigans@comcast.net