Teaching Couples to Find Deeper Connection with Encounter-Centered Couples Therapy

This 12-hour on-demand webinar led by Mary Kay Cocharo, LMFT was originally broadcast live on November 9-10, 2023.

Access information, handouts/resources, and continuing education credits information will be available immediately after successful registration. Registrants receive unlimited access to the recording for 365 days.

If you’re a therapist or coach who has ever felt frustrated or lost working with couples, this 12-hour online course is for you!

Get introduced to Encounter-Centered Couples Therapy (EcCT), a theory and methodology of conducting relationship therapy based on the work of Hedy Schleifer, Master Relationship Builder. EcCT helps individuals fully connect with their partners, allowing them to become more mature and creative together. It is used by trained therapists around the world and has been shown to be effective in facilitating deep communication and emotional connection for couples.

The principles of Encounter-Centered Couples Therapy can be incorporated with other modalities to create safety and deeper connection. Familiarizing yourself with EcCT will set you apart from your colleagues as you learn the structure to facilitate a 2-Day Intensive. These longer sessions encourage a process called ‘From Rupture to Repair’ in the intimate relationship. The structure will also serve clinicians who want to facilitate couples’ workshops and retreats.

  • Distinguish between an individual and a relational paradigm.
  • Review how neuroscience informs couples therapy.
  • Build a collaborative foundation with the couple for the work.
  • Identify the survival dance that disconnects couples.
  • Apply the Three Invisible Connectors to create safety and connection.
  • Facilitate Level Three learning to create lasting change.
  • Focus on the importance of co-regulation in the therapy room.
  • Structure a 2-Day Couples’ Intensive.

This training offers 12 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

Attendees of the live broadcast will receive instructions on how to obtain their Certificate of Participation after the course is finished.

Attendees of the on-demand recorded version will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify attendance and then receive their Certificate of Participation. On-demand attendees will receive instructions on how to obtain their Certificate of Participation once they have successfully passed the Post-Webinar Quiz at the completion of the webinar.

The Certificate of Participation includes:

  • Name of participant.
  • Title of training.
  • Name of presenter plus their credentials.
  • Number of hours of training.
  • Date of training.
  • Confirmation that showed 100% attendance at the live broadcast or passed a quiz with at least an 80% grade to verify attendance of the on-demand recording.

Get details about CE credits for Canadian and non-US international participants.

Get details about CE credits for US participants.

Please check with your regulatory body/organization to ensure that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CE credits.

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  • Mary Kay Cocharo, LMFT
Lecture & Discussion
10:00 - 11:00 am

- What makes couples therapy hard?
--Shifting from an Individual Paradigm to a Relational Paradigm

- What EcCT can do for you as a therapist.

- From the realm of communication to the realm of communion.

--The I and Thou of Martin Buber
--Unlocking the Emotional Brain by Bruce Ecker
--Leading from the Future by Otto Scharmer

    11:00 - 11:15 am
      Lectures, Videos & Group Exercise
      11:15 am - 1:00 pm

      - Explore the underlying principles of EcCT
      - Imago Relationship Theory
      --Explaining the Safety to Connection to Passion pyramid
      --Leading from the couple’s resources: what they love, what works, reasons to keep going

      - Guiding couples to create their wildest dreams
      --deepest longings and highest aspirations for their relationship
      --exploring essence

      - Group Exercise: Interviewing for the Wildest Dream and discussion of that process

      - Identifying the survival dance of the couple: what disconnects
      --The Wygelians in the diner exercise

        1:00 - 2:00 pm
          Morning Review, Lecture, Video & Group Discussion
          2:00 - 3:15 pm

          - Learnings, re-learnings, surprises, and intrigues from the morning session.

          - Discovering the distinction between Essence and Survival

          - The 3 Invisible Connectors in EcCT: The Space, The Bridge, and the Encounter

          - Video of couple going Over the Bridge

          - Study questions for group discussion of video

            3:15 - 3:30 pm
              Lecture, Video & Discussion
              3:30 - 5:15 pm

              - Facilitating visits to the precious neighbourhoods in the couples’ world

              - The art of Hosting/the art of Visiting

              • Mary Kay Cocharo, LMFT
              Lecture & Discussion
              10:00 - 11:00 am

              - Exploring the journey of relationship

              - What we know about neuroscience, connection survival, and connection

                11:00 - 11:15 am
                  Lectures, Videos & Discussion
                  11:15 am - 1:00 pm

                  - Co-regulation
                  --The Importance of a calm therapist

                  - Teaching co-regulation

                  - Establishing the languages of love

                    1:00 - 2:00 pm
                      Morning Review, Lecture, Video & Discussion
                      2:00 - 3:15 pm

                      - Visits to the toughest neighbourhoods in the couple’s world
                      --Unraveling the survival knot of the couple

                        3:15 - 3:30 pm
                          Lecture, Video & Discussion
                          3:30 - 5:15 pm

                          - Visits to the past for memory reconsolidation

                          - Building new neighbourhoods

                          Event Detail

                          Who Should Attend

                          • Marriage and Family Therapists
                          • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
                          • Psychiatric Social Workers
                          • Pastoral Counsellors
                          • Psychotherapists
                          • Psychiatrists
                          • Physicians
                          • Nurse Practitioners
                          • Occupational Therapists
                          • Counsellors
                          • Graduate Students in accredited programs in the above fields
                          • Case Managers
                          • Licensed Professional Counsellors
                          • All other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices