CCRc proudly hosts a monthly training series for therapists
These 3-hour CEU* workshops are led by CCRC therapists and are open to all mental health therapists and professionals.
They will be held monthly throughout 2019.
General Training Information
Dates: The trainings will be held at the end of each month through 2019 with a break for June, July, August, and December, and will run into 2020. The dates are as follows: 1/25, 2/22, 3/29, 4/26, 5/31, 9/27, 10/25, 11/22, & 1/31/20. Please see the individual workshop descriptions for each date.
Times: The trainings will be a "lunch with learning" from 11am-2pm, and we will provide a catered lunch to participants, included in the cost.
Food: We will try to honor all dietary needs and considerations in the catered lunch, which you can indicate on your registration form when you sign up.
*CEUs: 3 CEU credit hours will be provided for full attendance for LMFT’s. You cannot arrive late/leave early if you want to earn CEUs. (We are working towards being able to offer CEUs for other license types, but at this time, only LMFT’s are eligible. We’ll keep you posted when this changes!!)
Cost: For non-CCRC attendees, each training will cost $30, which includes lunch.
Location: The trainings will be held at Empirical Brewery, located at 1801 W Foster Avenue Chicago, Il 60640. The entrance is located on Ravenswood Avenue, west side of the tracks. Free parking is available on that street, as well.
Payment: Payment in advance through this website is required for registration and to hold your spot. Spots are limited, so please register as far in advance as possible to secure your attendance.
Cancellations: Refunds are allowed until 1 week in advance of each workshop. Aside from emergency situations, cancellations will not be refunded within one week of the workshop.
Questions: Please contact Anikó Blake, our training coordinator, with any further questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To pay & reserve your spot, please select a training below
More information (exact locations, presenters, & descriptions) will be added as each date approaches.
January 25th 2019, 11am-2pm
Presenters: Josh Hetherington & Christine Webster
We know that working with couples is dynamic and challenging. We will provide you with a roadmap for approaching treatment planning using specific behavioral and emotion-focused interventions. We will also illustrate how to incorporate a feedback system into your work that has been shown to improve outcomes. Join us for an interactive, informative lunch which promises numerous concrete take-aways!
February 22nd 2019, 11am-2pm
Presenters: Anikó Blake & Sara Morrow
Working with couples can present its own unique challenges for therapists. It can also change over time with therapists’ age, relationship status, and personal experiences. This workshop focuses on transference and countertransference, examples of using therapist experience to both guide personal reflection and therapeutic effectiveness. We will provide practical suggestions on maintaining therapeutic alliances with couples, how not attending to self of therapist issues can be problematic, and how different therapeutic models conceive of self of therapist issues.
March 29th 2019, 11am-2pm
Presenters: Grace Norberg & Thomas Bateman
Often couples come to therapy because one or both people are diagnosed with a mental illness, or they discover this in the process of the therapy. This creates sequences within the couple that arise as responses to the symptoms one person experiences, and can affect the dynamics of relational therapy because one person may feel like the “identified patient”. We will learn about how common diagnoses such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and personality disorders affect couple therapy, and discuss how to psychoeducate clients, address the relational sequences that occur as a result of mental illness, and helpful interventions.
April 26th 2019, 11am-2pm
Presenters: Gabe Seldess & Taylor Pettway
This presentation will outline some of the challenges of parenting and the impact raising children can have on relationships. There are a host of issues, such as increased stress, decreased sleep, and financial changes (just to name a few), that force a need for greater communication and cooperation. Join us for an exploration of parenting issues to address in counseling and strategies for fostering teamwork, developing extended support systems, maintaining intimacy between partners, and scoping the needs of alternative and blended parents.
May 31st 2019, 11am-2pm
Presenter: Sara Morrow
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples is an empirically validated therapy that is used around the world. The therapy is attachment-focused, systemic and experiential in nature; it helps couples step out of a negative cycle, into a more secure, and emotionally attuned one (ICEEFT, 2018). This workshop aims to give participants a good working-knowledge of the model’s basic components. The following will be areas of focus: overview of the model, efficacy of EFT, attachment theory, primary vs. secondary emotions, mapping couples’ negative interactional cycles, key EFT techniques and contraindications.
ICEEFT (2018). What is EFT. International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Retrieved from: https://iceeft.com/what-is-eft/
September 27th 2019, 11am-2pm
Presenters: Christine Webster & Gabe Seldess
Learn to confidently navigate the complicated and all too common topic of Affair Recovery. This presentation aims to provide ideas for helping couples better understand how an affair occurred and to help them work together to rebuild the relationship they truly want. Navigating an affair requires communication, trust, and forgiveness – skills that are often lacking or blocked by anger or resentments. Join us in exploring how to balance the various tasks required to help couples turn their relationship around.
October 25th 2019, 11am-2pm
Presenters: Josh Hetherington & Anikó Blake
““Healthy self-esteem is an internal sense of worth that pulls one neither into “better than” grandiosity nor “less than” shame. But the essence of psychological patriarchy is the nonexistence of such middle ground.” - Terrence Real, How Can I Get Through to You? : Closing the Gap Between Men and Women
Recent shifts in both psychology and larger social action point to a need for better a understanding of what it means to identify with masculinity. This workshop will consider ways of integrating techniques for supporting men in developing positive gender identity, healthy self-esteem, and skills for intimacy in relationships. Special focus will be on couples work in a therapeutic context.
November 22nd 2019, 11am-2pm
Presenters: Grace Norberg & Thomas Bateman
Some of the most urgent issues couples bring to therapy arise around intimacy and sex, and this workshop will look at both basics of assessment & intervention and explore culturally specific issues around sex. First of all, assessment skills are vital in determining whether medical reasons, psychological reasons, or both are at the root of sex and intimacy problems. We will also discuss interventions therapists can use in the room or as homework with clients to help them regain intimacy and repair their sex life. Additionally, clients increasingly seek sex and intimacy work about various sexual practices outside of the norms of most sex therapy interventions. This workshop will spend significant time talking about how to provide affirming, culturally specific therapy to LGBTQ, non-monogamous, polyamorous, kinky, and BDSM practicing clients.
January 31st 2020, 11am-2pm
Presenter: Christine Webster
High conflict communication patterns can be frustrating for clients and therapists as well. It’s so easy to get caught up in the conflictual cycle and feel like the work is going nowhere. In this workshop we will learn to break down the conflict in order to find the deeper needs holding it in place. We will discuss concrete tools to use in session and for couples to take home and practice, all aimed at lowering conflict and making communication more effective.