Friday, October 13, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM EST; Registration from 8:30am to 9:00am.
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Freedom House Recovery Center, Cafeteria 
102 New Stateside Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Parking Details: Please park on the street (New Stateside Dr.), alongside the building. There’s parking on both sides of the street, from the Freedom House driveway down to the end of the street that goes into the neighborhood.

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Shelley Danser, Pro Bono Counseling Network Coordinator 
Freedom House Recovery Center 
919-942-2803, x 247 
The Pro Bono Counseling Network Education Series                                    Presents  

Providing Evidence Based Couple Therapy: Lessons from Research

Despite the attention given to developing an evidence base for individual format psychotherapies, there is a strong and growing evidence base available to guide professional training and delivery of couple format psychotherapies. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the research on couple therapies, the research-clinical delivery gap, and methods that interested therapists can utilize to improve their practice of couple format psychotherapies.

The primary approaches that will be discussed are the following: Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT), and Traditional Behavioral Marital Therapy (TBCT & CBCT). In addition, our presenter will talk about other approaches having a scientific basis (John and Julie Gottman's Gottman Method Couple Therapy, David Mars's Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy for Couples, Stan Tatkin's Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy) and sound reasoning (Imago, Relational Life Therapy), but not yet undergoing clinical trial research. Finally, research from the Norway Couples Study, which showed how clinicians can improve couple therapy outcomes independent of the approach/model they use, will be shared. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

-- Identify 3 models of empirically supported treatments for relationship distress in couples.

-- Identify couple therapy factors associated with improved outcomes.

-- Utilize feedback informed treatment practices in couple format psychotherapies.

Two contact hours will be available for this training. Free to all current Pro Bono Counseling Network Volunteer Therapists or other therapists who practice in Durham, Orange, Person or Chatham counties and would like to become a Pro Bono Counseling Network Therapist. For more information on joining and becoming a volunteer therapist, contact Shelley Danser, the program coordinator: Shelley.D@fhrecovery.org.

James McCracken, MSW, LCSW

James McCracken, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and ICEEFT Certified Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist who operates a private practice in Durham, NC focused on treating relationship distress. His professional background includes serving a variety of community-based populations experiencing a variety of problems including relationship distress, psychiatric and serious emotional disorders, addiction disorders, chronic and terminal medical conditions, and extreme psychosocial distress. James believes that by focusing on strengthening clients' naturally occurring relationships, independent of what other problems they may experience, we can facilitate lasting and empowering change for adults and their children. His practice website is located at http://www.jamesmccrackenlcsw.com/

Outside of his private practice, James holds an adjunct clinical faculty appointment at the UNC School of Medicine (Department of Psychiatry), where he has been a therapist, program director, and state-wide program coordinator in Early Psychosis Intervention services with the OASIS Program.

Freedom House Recovery Center's Pro Bono Counseling Network (PBCN)

Are you interested in improving access to mental health care for families and individuals in our community who have few other resources? It may sound like a challenge but it’s actually quite simple . . . by joining a network of clinicians working together to make our system of mental health care more equitable, your efforts can have a big impact. The goal of this project is to recruit mental health professionals that work in Durham, Orange, Person and Chatham counties in NC to join a network of clinicians to provide counseling to one client per year who is motivated to receive mental health counseling (not in crisis or SPMI) but cannot afford treatment due to being uninsured (not eligible for Medicaid) or underinsured (high deductible/unaffordable copay) for 8 free sessionsYou may have already been doing some pro bono work for years and now we are simply asking you to join a network of clinicians who are committed to making a difference in our community together. Your volunteer efforts with the Pro Bono Counseling Network will be documented and data related to both the need and outcomes will be captured. This data will be used to influence public policy and community resources. Please contact Shelley Danser if you are interested in learning more about the program: Shelley.D@fhrecovery.org. The PBCN Education Series offers 6 trainings per year on various clinical topics that are FREE to PBCN volunteer therapists.