Upcoming events

    • Sunday, September 09, 2018
    • Sunday, June 02, 2019
    • Cambridge, MA
    Register

    Please Note: Trainees must be independently licensed mental health professionals who will need to submit a certificate of malpractice insurance, a copy of license, and a current curriculum vitae.

    Questions: Call Alice Rapkin, PCFINE Administrator, with any questions at 781-433-0906, or send her an email at pcfine1934@gmail.com.

    Program Structure

    PCFINE’s couple therapy curriculum begins with a theoretical overview of our guiding principles. Each subsequent class focuses on specific techniques or focuses of clinical work, tying theory to clinical examples from both students and faculty. The first year of our training program covers topics that prepare clinicians with the fundamentals necessary for providing effective couple treatments (see below). There is also an optional second year program, pursued by a majority of our students, in which clinicians delve more deeply into specific, but common clinical issues facing couples therapy: e.g. infidelity; working with gay and lesbian clients; parenting issues; separation and divorce. In fact, after the second year, some clinicians choose to continue learning with their classmates and arrange for monthly group supervision over several years to follow. PCFINE welcomes our students to become involved in our professional organization which offers continuing education opportunities and professional support in sponsoring talks, case presentations and symposia.

    The first year classes usually meet monthly on Sunday mornings, from 9:00 am-noon, September through June, and are held at the homes of class coordinators. Each half-year has two faculty coordinators present at all classes in addition to the faculty guest speaker there to teach that month's topic. This is to offer a window into the differences in approach that various senior clinicians take, and to allow for continuity of themes between classes. The classes are taught in the manner of a post-graduate seminar with active participation by the students both in exploring the theory presented and around discussion of clinical examples. A syllabus and readings are provided in advance for each meeting. There are a total of 10 sessions with the first and last classes involving longer sessions. As well there is an orientation brunch for students and faculty before the first class meets in September.

    In addition to the monthly class meetings, students will be divided into small groups of 3 or 4 clinicians and assigned to a consultation group leader, a senior faculty member with whom they will meet monthly for two hours at a time mutually agreed upon by the members and the supervisor. This provides an opportunity for ongoing case discussion of the students' work as it is evolving over the course of the training program.

     

    • Sunday, September 23, 2018
    • Sunday, June 02, 2019
    • Newton, MA
    Register

    Please Note: Trainees must be independently licensed mental health professionals who will need to submit a certificate of malpractice insurance, a copy of license, and a current curriculum vitae.

    Questions: Call Alice Rapkin, PCFINE Administrator, with any questions at 781-433-0906, or send her an email at pcfine1934@gmail.com.

    Program Structure

    PCFINE’s couple therapy curriculum begins with a theoretical overview of our guiding principles. Each subsequent class focuses on specific techniques or focuses of clinical work, tying theory to clinical examples from both students and faculty. The first year of our training program covers topics that prepare clinicians with the fundamentals necessary for providing effective couple treatments (see below). There is also an optional second year program, pursued by a majority of our students, in which clinicians delve more deeply into specific, but common clinical issues facing couples therapy: e.g. infidelity; working with gay and lesbian clients; parenting issues; separation and divorce. In fact, after the second year, some clinicians choose to continue learning with their classmates and arrange for monthly group supervision over several years to follow. PCFINE welcomes our students to become involved in our professional organization which offers continuing education opportunities and professional support in sponsoring talks, case presentations and symposia.

    The first year classes usually meet monthly on Sunday mornings, from 9:00 am-noon, September through June, and are held at the homes of class coordinators. Each half-year has two faculty coordinators present at all classes in addition to the faculty guest speaker there to teach that month's topic. This is to offer a window into the differences in approach that various senior clinicians take, and to allow for continuity of themes between classes. The classes are taught in the manner of a post-graduate seminar with active participation by the students both in exploring the theory presented and around discussion of clinical examples. A syllabus and readings are provided in advance for each meeting. There are a total of 10 sessions with the first and last classes involving longer sessions. As well there is an orientation brunch for students and faculty before the first class meets in September.

    In addition to the monthly class meetings, students will be divided into small groups of 3 or 4 clinicians and assigned to a consultation group leader, a senior faculty member with whom they will meet monthly for two hours at a time mutually agreed upon by the members and the supervisor. This provides an opportunity for ongoing case discussion of the students' work as it is evolving over the course of the training program.

     

    • Saturday, October 20, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Shipley Auditorium, Newton Wellesley Hospital, Newton, MA
    Register

     Before It’s Too Late:

    Treating Substance Abuse and
    Process Addiction in Couple Therapy

    David C. Treadway, Ph.D.

    Saturday, October 20th, 2018, 9:00am to 4:30pm

    Shipley Auditorium, Newton Wellesley Hospital
    2014 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02462

    Click Here for Program Brochure

    Couple dynamics play a crucial role in patterns of both substance abuse and “process addiction,” such as compulsive pornography use, shopping, eating and gambling.  Substance and process abuse also become an integral part of the vicious cycle of negative interactions that bring couples to therapy.  David C. Treadway, a nationally recognized expert in the field, will explain how to identify process addictions and problematic use of substances, and how to integrate treatment of these behaviors into the therapy when the relationship itself, not the addiction, is the presenting problem.  He will present a six-stage treatment model, including interventions that address the frequent occurrence of resistance, denial and relapse.  A video of a couple therapy session, along with a role-play, will illustrate the key components of the model.  The workshop will also emphasize the importance of attending to therapist counter-transference and employing effective self-care strategies.  Along with enhancing couple therapists’ confidence in treating these clinical challenges, the workshop will also provide guidelines on when to refer to a specialist.

    David C. Treadway, Ph.D. is in private practice in Harvard and Newton, MA. He is well known for his dynamic workshops and trainings on treating substance abuse in the family and for the development of Collaborative Couple Therapy. He is the author of several books, including Before It’s Too Late: Working With Substance Abuse in the Family; Intimacy, Change and Other Therapeutic Mysteries: Stories of Clinicians and Clients; and the soon-to-be-released Treating Couples Well: A Practical Guide to Collaborative Couples Therapy. He has written over thirty articles, appeared on Good Morning America and 20/20, and hosted his own radio program on family communications.

     

    PARTICIPANTS:

    This program is open to all PCFINE members, other interested mental health professionals and students. It is intended for those with an intermediate or advanced level of knowledge and experience.


    CANCELLATION POLICY:

    Full refund if notice of cancellation is received by October 3, 2018.


    EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES:

    At the conclusion of this program the participants will be able to:

    1. Outline David Treadway’s six-stage model of treating substance-abusing couple systems.

    2. Articulate several specific therapeutic techniques for working with resistance, denial, and relapse with couples.

    3. Describe the hallmarks of process addictions as they might show up in work with couples.

    4. Recognize and describe some of their own counter-transference reactions when working with this traditionally help-resistant clinical population, and describe how they might address them productively.

    5. Describe guidelines for distinguishing when to incorporate a specific model of intervention into their own work with substance abusing couple systems and when to refer out to specialists, 12-step programs, and higher levels of clinical care.


    REFERENCES:

    Benton, S. (2009). Understanding the High Functioning Alcoholic: Breaking the Cycle and Finding Hope. Rowman &Littlefield.

    Kaskutas, L.A. (2009). Alcoholics Anonymous Effectiveness: Faith Meets Science. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 28(2), 145-157.

    Khantzian, E.J. (2003). Understanding Addictive Vulnerability: An Evolving Psychodynamic Perspective. Neuro-Psychoanalysis, 5(1), 5-21.

    Schneider, J.P. (2004). Understanding and Diagnosing Sex Addiction. In R. H. Coombs (Ed.), Handbook of addictive disorders: A practical guide to diagnosis and treatment (pp. 197-232). Hoboken, NJ, US: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

    Treadway, D.C. (1988). Before It’s Too Late: Family Treatment of Substance Abuse. New York: Norton.


    CONTINUING EDUCATION:

    PCFINE is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PCFINE maintains responsibility for the program and its contents. This program fulfills the requirement for 5.5 hours of CE credit. Social Workers and Licensed Mental Health Counselors may call (781) 433-0906 or e-mail pcfine1934@gmail.com for CE information. This activity has been certified by the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions, for LMFT professional continuing education (certification #PC-034231).

    PCFINE is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination and will conduct all activities in strict conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. If you believe that a violation of ethics has occurred during this program, or if you have concerns about accessibility for people with disabilities, or any other complaints or questions, please contact Justin Newmark, Ph.D. 

    There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE sponsor, presenter, workshop content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as a conflict of interest.


    DIRECTIONS AND PARKING:

    Directions to Newton Wellesley Hospital can be found at www.nwh.org.

    Parking is available at the hospital. Woodland T station (D line) is about two blocks from the hospital.



     

     

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