How Mindfulness Can Enhance Our Well-Being and Be Applied to Couples Therapy

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Mindfulness, practically applied through Caroline Welch’s 3Ps approach of Purpose, Pivoting, and Pacing provides a useful tool for enriching our well-being both personally and professionally. In this webinar, Caroline and couples therapist Ellyn Bader will explore why these concepts are so vital (particularly for women) and how mindfulness can cultivate the resilience that is so needed in couples therapy.

The purpose is what’s most important to us. Research reveals that its cultivation is associated with our mental and medical health. Dr. Bader will discuss how she brings Purpose into her couples therapy practice throughout varying stages of treatment.

Pivoting is proactively making changes when needed and beneficial. The relevance for couples therapy includes the importance of relationship maintenance, addressing issues before they become overwhelming, and responding skillfully when triggered by a partner.

Pacing is slowing down on a daily basis and also taking a broader view of our overall health spans. In couples therapy, this means acknowledging what the major challenges are and being active, rather than passive participants in our lives and relationships. We will also take a look at the ways in which therapists who try to go too fast may undermine themselves.

Caroline is joined by Ellyn Bader, a leading couples therapist, as they discuss the intersection of Caroline’s 3-P process and couples work. In addition to running a private practice, Ellyn has co-authored the book, In Quest of the Mythical Mate: A Developmental Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment in Couples Therapy and Tell Me No Lies: How to Face the Truth and Build a Loving Marriage with her husband, Dr. Peter Pearson.

There is no known commercial support nor conflict of interest for this program.

Caroline is also co-presenting Mindful Presence in the Context of Race and Gender: Challenges and Opportunities with Shelly Harrell. For a full 3-hour webinar description click: Mindful Presence in the Context of Race and Gender.

At the conclusion of this webinar, attendees will be better able to:

  1. Explain the 3Ps (Purpose, Pivoting, and Pacing) approach to make mindfulness more accessible.
  2. Describe 3 strategies therapists can use to help couples pivot away from destructive conflict.
  3. Identify at least 3 ways in which therapists undermine their work when they fail to pace themselves and/or the therapeutic process.

Caroline Welch is the CEO and Co-founder, with Dr. Dan Siegel, of the Mindsight Institute in Santa Monica, California. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School with a master’s degree from the University of Southern California, she started her career in law as a corporate litigator. Welch has served as a Los Angeles County court-appointed mediator, as well as in-house counsel at MGM Studios and Spelling Entertainment Group. She began her mindfulness practice forty years ago while working in Japan as an English teacher.

Welch’s first book, The Gift of Presence: A Mindfulness Guide for Women was published this year. Her book has been widely acclaimed, described as, “A gift for us all—filled with practical insights about the power of mindfulness” and “a must-read for women of all ages” by Arianna Huffington and a “wise and clear book that shows us how mindful awareness can give us back our life” by Tara Brach. Publishers Weekly praised Welch’s work as follows: “In The Gift of Presence … Caroline Welch … sets out to distill reams of peer-reviewed science about mindfulness into plain, clear advice.”

Welch provides lectures and workshops to enhance well-being in our personal and professional lives. She and her husband, Dan, live in Santa Monica with their dog, Charlie, and have two adult children. For more information about Caroline Welch, please visit her website:

Ellyn Bader, PhD, is a psychologist and Co-Founder and Director of The Couples Institute in Menlo Park, California.  She served on the Clinical faculty at Stanford University, Department of Psychiatry for 8 years.  Over the past 30 years she has conducted professional training programs in couples therapy and has trained therapists throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. She is a past-president of the International Transactional Analysis Association and a recipient of the Clark Vincent Award for an outstanding literary contribution to the field of marital therapy from the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.  Dr. Bader is frequently invited to speak at national and international conferences.  She and her husband, Peter Pearson, PhD, co-authored the book In Quest of the Mythical Mate: A Developmental Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment in Couples Therapy and Tell Me No Lies: How to Face the Truth and Build an Honest Marriage.

Time Topic
1:15 – 2:15 pm 7 key features of mindfulness, the 3Ps approach of Purpose, Pivoting, and Pacing, and challenges unique to women in the workplace
2:15 – 3:15 pm Mindfulness and the 3Ps applied to couples therapy, vision exercise, and pivoting away from destructive conflict
3:15 – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 – 4:30 pm Deeper dive into Purpose, Pivoting, and Pacing, building individual and relationship resiliency with mindfulness, Pacing of client load, and creating the relationship that couples want

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This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

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  • marriage and family therapists and counsellors
  • occupational therapists
  • vocational rehabilitation therapists
  • addiction counsellors
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  • art therapists
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