Title: Acceptance & Change in Couples Therapy: A 1- Day Workshop in the Empirically Supported Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy (ICBT)
Date & Time: Friday, October 2nd, 2020 – 9am-5pm
Presenter: Andrew Christensen, Ph.D., Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Co-Founder of Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy
Location: Hilton Garden Inn SouthPark – 4808 Sharon Rd. Charlotte, NC 28210
Cost: $299 ($250 Early Bird Rate until April 1st!)
In an effort to improve the outcome of couples therapy, Andrew Christensen of UCLA and the late Neil Jacobson of the University of Washington developed Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy (IBCT), which integrates strategies for promoting acceptance in couples with the traditional behavioral strategies for promoting change in couples. “Acceptance work” focuses on turning problems into vehicles for promoting intimacy and increasing couples’ tolerance for what they see as each other’s negative behavior. As couples let go of the struggle to change one another, change often occurs in response to natural contingencies. Several clinical trials have demonstrated the efficacy of IBCT. It has been adopted by the United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs as one of their empirically supported treatments for couples; extensive efforts to train VA therapists in IBCT have continued since 2010, with positive results. IBCT has also been adapted into an online program, www.OurRelationship.com ; a recent clinical trial showed the effectiveness of that program. Currently, a nationwide study is evaluating the impact of this treatment for low income families in the United States.
Describe the theoretical and empirical basis for IBCT
Differentiate IBCT from both traditional and cognitive behavioral couple therapy
Conduct a clinical formulation in IBCT through a DEEP analysis
Describe and practice the assessment methods, clinical formulation, and feedback strategies in IBCT
Describe and practice the treatment strategies of IBCT
Christensen, A., Dimidjian, S., & Martell, C. R. (2015). Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy. In A. S, Gurman, J. L. Lebow, & D. K. Snyder (Eds.), Clinical Handboook of Couple Therapy, 5th Edition (pp. 61-94). New York: Guilford.
Christensen, A., Doss, B. D., & Jacobson, N. S. (2014). Reconcilable Differences. New York: Guilford. Note: this is a self-help book for couples to read during therapy.