Encounter-centered Couples Therapy: The Amends Journey After an Affair

Presented by Hedy Schleifer, MA on 05-12-2017 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

In the aftermath of an affair, how does a therapist help a couple restore and strengthen their relational bond? What is an effective way to help a couple avoid the trap of “perpetrator” and “victim” and enable them to make authentic amends? To achieve these goals, therapists must help create a relational and emotional ambience in which the mutual expression and acceptance of deep regret and genuine forgiveness can occur.

In this two-hour continuing education web conference, Encounter-centered Couples Therapy (EcCT) founder, Hedy Schleifer, will explore the realm of the "encounter" for a couple who is in the throes of emotional pain and confusion after an affair. The realm of the encounter combines the words of each partner's individual story with the body's vast potential for emotional and spiritual expression. Attendees will enhance their clinical skills of holding space for the individuals as they enter a new connection as a couple.

Hedy will delve into the EcCT Amends Journey, a ritual that helps couples heal the rupture of an affair and create a relational space of compassion and forgiveness. EcCT teaches couples to become "bilingual" by learning and internalizing the vocabulary of their partner so each other’s narrative becomes fully understood. Attendees will develop a clearer vision of how to achieve a more relaxed and responsive therapeutic stance with couples after an affair. 

Hedy will decode the complex distinction between the reactive, adaptive survival dance, and the intentional dance of life in connection, with a special focus on the disconnection and the re-connection after an affair. Attendees will discover that EcCt is an original approach for helping couples heal from the recent wounds of an affair, as well as old wounds from their own childhoods, to generate newer and stronger bonds in the post-affair relationship.

This intermediate instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Recognize the distinction between the fragmented approach based on the victim-perpetrator paradigm and the process of dissolving the victim-perpetrator "trap.”
  2. Describe at least two of the relational theories that are the underpinnings of Encounter-centered Couples Therapy.
  3. Apply a step-by-step pragmatic, therapeutic structure to support couples in healing. 
  4. Utilize practical techniques for assisting couples in growing their attention span, focus, concentration, and engaged presence to each other.
  5. Explain the concepts of the brain-bridge and limbic resonance as elements of increased internal regulation and finer attunement for the couple.

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Event Reviews from Members

Excellent for couples connecting at a higher level.Jan Nolan, LCSW-C

Beautifully presented from a place of deep compassion and understanding. - Joanna Singh, LMSW

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2 CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety. 

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Meet the Presenter

Hedy Schleifer, MA

Hedy Schleifer, MA

Hedy Schleifer, MA is an internationally known Master Relationship Builder, trainer, workshop presenter, and motivational speaker. Hedy earned her Master of Arts in Clinical and Child Psychology from Tel Aviv University in Israel and is a licensed clinical psychologist in Israel.

Certified by Harville Hendrix, PhD as an Imago therapist, workshop presenter, and clinical instructor, Hedy and her husband, Yumi, pioneered the expansion of Imago Relationship Therapy in many countries around the world. They have trained hundreds of therapists and workshop presenters and led relationship workshops for couples.

Hedy founded the Tikkun Learning Center in 2010 to train relationship therapists in Encounter-centered Couples Therapy® (EcCT) which shares the concept of the “three invisible connectors”: the Space, the Bridge, and the Encounter.

Today, Yumi has retired, and Hedy continues to bring her passion and expertise in the art of relationships and conflict dissolution to couples.

Now called the Encounter-centered Couples Transformation®, Hedy shares an integrative and interdisciplinary model for relationship building. It lies at the intersection of philosophy, clinical theory, organizational methodology, and relational neurobiology and based on four main pillars: the philosophy of Martin Buber, Imago Relationship Theory and Practice, Appreciative Inquiry and the new frontier of Relational Neurobiology and Memory Reconsolidation. It is an approach that promotes transformational change, a visceral, cellular and internal shift, one that is dependable and sustainable.

Hedy guides partners toward this kind of transformation through what she calls the “Art of Connection,” teaching them how to turn their relationship into a living laboratory for the development of relational intelligence and how to fill their partnership with creativity, wisdom and generosity of spirit. Relational intelligence puts partners on the path to relational maturity and is at the core of having successful relationships both personally and professionally.

Hedy believes world peace begins with the human family, and that this peace can best be achieved by creating strong relationships that grow into committed, mature partnerships.

For more information about Hedy Schleifer and her work, please visit www.hedyschleifer.com

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  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

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