Monday May 16, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM CDT
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Tulane School of Social Work -- Room 343 
127 Elk Place
New Orleans, LA 70112

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Bonnie Lister or Kathy Smith 
Tulane University School of Social Work 


Couples Therapy in the 21st Century -- A New Era

Couples therapy offers us a rich amazing venue to create lasting change in individuals, core relationships and families. This day-long workshop will outline the Emotionally Focused Model of Couple Therapy (EFT), and how it illustrates the new science of love and bonding. This new science will be summarized and its implications for the couple therapist pinpointed. We now have a map for love and loving that allows the therapist to be on target: to go to the heart of the matter and shape new interactions that redefine the security of the bond between partners and create an environment of healing and growth.

The EFT model represents the cutting edge of couple interventions and this workshop will address the three main tasks of therapy, creating a safe haven alliance, working to regulate and transform emotions and emotional signals, and choreographing a couple’s dance to foster emotional connection and fulfill attachment needs. The day will include didactic presentations on the nature of love and attachment, the state of couple therapy and the conceptual and clinical base of EFT as well as experiential exercises and the observation and discussion of therapy sessions.

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Learning objectives:

  • Outline the laws of human bonding and how they operate in adult love relationships.
  • List the stages, steps and interventions of EFT.
  • Make sense of the stuck places that perpetuate negative cycles and emotional disconnection in love relationships.
  • Describe how to set up new bonding interactions that redefine connection and change working models of attachment.
  • <Outline how to adapt the model to different individuals, including escalated, traumatized, and depressed partners.

Basic Texts – Suggested Readings by Sue Johnson

The Practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy: Creating Connection – Routledge 2004
Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love – Little Brown 2008
Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships – Little Brown 2014

 Additional resources include www.drsuejohnson.com and www.iceeft.com.

About Our Presenter
Dr. Sue Johnson is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 25 years of peer-reviewed clinical research.

As author of the best-selling book: Hold Me Tight, Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, Sue Johnson has created for the general public, a self-help version of her groundbreaking research about relationships – how to enhance them, how to repair them and how to keep them.

Her most recent book, Love Sense, The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships. outlines the new logical understanding of why and how we love – based on new scientific evidence and cutting-edge research. Explaining that romantic love is based on an attachment bond, Dr. Johnson shows how to develop our “love sense” – our ability to develop long-lasting relationships.

Sue Johnson is founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, as well as Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Registration Information and Fees
The registration fee is $150, and participants will receive 5.75 CEU hours for attending. Social Work and LPC CEUs have been approved, and we have applied for LMFT approval. 
Payments can be made via credit card or check (payable to Tulane School of Social Work). Checks should be mailed to:

Tulane School of Social Work -- 8906
Attn: Sue Johnson Workshop
127 Elk Place
New Orleans, LA 70112

Please fill out the registration form, but your final registration is predicated on receiving your payment. Once your payment is received, you will receive an e-mail confirming your registration into the program, and you will be guaranteed a spot at the workshop.

CANCELLATION POLICY -- In the event you find you cannot come to our program, it is important for you to notify us BEFORE the program begins; either by e-mail (preferred) at blrl@tulane.edu or via phone at 504-865-5314.  We will refund the registration fee if notified before the event begins, after event begins, there are no refunds.

Parking Information
The Tulane School of Social Work is located at 127 Elk Place. Please see the location map.

There are two entrances to the school. You can enter through the main entrance located at 127 Elk Place or via the second floor skywalk from the Saratoga Parking Garage, located at 111 S. Saratoga St.

There are various surface lots in close proximity to the school that you can use if you would like. The average price to park in a ground level lot is $4 per day. If you park in a ground lot, please use the school’s main entrance located at 127 Elk Place and take the elevator to the fourth floor. The Saratoga Parking Garage is the closest parking garage and is located at 111 S. Saratoga St. The daily rate for the garage is $7, but the garage does have direct access to the school via the skywalk on the second floor. To find the skywalk, just follow the yellow posts in the parking garage once you exit the elevator lobby on the second floor in the garage. Once you enter 127 Elk Place, go down the hall to the elevators and take them to the third floor.

For more information, contact Bonnie Lister or Kathy Smith at blrl@tulane.edu or at 504-865-5314.