Helping Couples in Conflict: Two Interventions to Transform High Conflict into a Compassionate Conversation

Mental Health America of the Heartland Jim Roberts is a social worker in private practice with Madison Avenue Psychological Services. He graduated from the University of Kansas in Social Welfare in 1978 and is licensed in Missouri and Kansas. He has received training in marriage and family therapy from the Family Institute of Kansas City and advanced training in couples therapy from the Menninger Foundation. He has been a commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and is the author of Deliberate Love: How Couples Can Deepen and Sustain Intimacy with the Mindful Use of Attention, published in 2004.

Overview: This workshop combines principles of mindfulness and solution-oriented therapy to create a compassionate conversation that replaces the conflict that prompted couples to seek professional help. This strategy offers a powerful alternative to the special problems of couples in high conflict in a highly efficient use of clinical time.

After attending this program, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss two essential guidelines for compassionate communication that include concrete steps for converting adversarial communication into a therapeutic dialogue.
  • Identify the three forms of communication involved in dispute resolution.
  • Describe specific techniques for de-polarizing power struggles in intimate relationships.

Who Should Attend: This professional continuing education workshop is designed for nurses, healthcare workers, social workers, psychologists and other mental health professionals.

Registration: $40.00. 3.0 CEU's(Certificate of Attendance) Pre-register only. Contact Stacy Davis to obtain registration form or go to www.mhah.org click onto "Events". If you have any questions and/or need translation or other accommodation, please contact Stacy Davis by emai or call (913) 281-2221 ext. 112 at least 5 days prior to the workshop. Registration deadline Nov. 13, 2016. Make checks payable to MHAH. Accepts VISA.

Location: First Church of the Nazarene, Kansas City, 11811 State Line Rd., Kansas City, MO 64114

When: Friday, November 18, 2016, 9 AM - 12 PM

Continuing Education: B.E. Education Group, LLC is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering is approved for 3 contact hours applicable for RN, LPN, and LMHT re-licensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing Provider Number LT0258-0310. B.E. Education Group, LLC is a pre-approved provider for social workers through the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB) Provider Number 14-002. Pre-approval by (BSRB) for continuing education credit is not required for mental health professionals. However (BSRB) approved providership for social workers is accepted for psychologists, professional counselors, masters prepared psychologists, marriage and family therapists and addiction counselors. This workshop meets BSRB criteria for diagnosis and treatment. For licensed professionals, please bring license # to the workshop to receive your CEU Certificate of Attendance.

Sponsored by: Mental Health America of the Heartland