Couples No-Fault Counseling
Deborah Day Poor, LCSW
Couples No-Fault Counseling
is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that teaches how to help couples to give up their BAD (blame, argue & defend) communication style and replace it with active listening. Couples counseling is a challenging undertaking for both counselors and couples. Counselors need to take a detailed history of both partners and gradually discover the real reasons they overreact to certain things their partner says and does. Couples need to be motivated enough to keep counseling appointments and need to believe that they can improve their relationship. This course will share four interesting case studies, where you will witness couples who came to therapy for an identified problem and left with a much greater understanding of the underlying causes of their difficulties. The studies clearly reveal the reasons the partners were attracted to each other, and how what they can learn from one another began in their childhoods. After taking this course, you will know how to help couples to give up their BAD (blame, argue & defend) communication style and replace it with active listening. In doing so, you will help them to create more harmonious relationships by increasing the empathy they feel for each other. By helping a couple who has children, you are making a positive difference in the couple’s lives, in the lives of their offspring and in the lives of countless unborn generations. The Couples No Fault Workbook, with twelve exercises to help couples begin their journey into greater self-awareness, is included at the end of this course.
Course #30-50 | 2010 | 48 pages | 20 posttest questions
1. Identify techniques for discovering the real reasons couples have the same arguments over and over again
2. Define the author’s concept of “original pain” that can cause partners to overreact to each other
3. List methods for teaching active listening skills to clients
4. Name ways to give partners a deeper understanding of themselves and each other
5. Identify one’s own biases towards clients who have specific characteristics and issues
Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Psychology and the Office of School Psychology and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635).
This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).
Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.
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About the Author(s)
Deborah Day Poor, LCSW, has been in private practice for seventeen years. She graduated Magnum Cum Laude from the University of South Florida and did her graduate work at Florida State University where she studied Family Systems Theory. She is the author of "Peace at Any Price: How to Overcome the Please Disease." Deborah says she became a victim of the "please disease" while growing up in an abusive alcoholic family. Like most adult children of alcoholics, she unknowingly recreated her past to give herself an opportunity to heal herself. She remains grateful for her recovery from co-dependency and continues to embrace the opportunity to help other victims of childhood abuse, abandonment and neglect.
Financial: Deborah receives royalty payments from Professional Development Resources on sales of her courses.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.