Special Workshops on

Relationship Enhancement®

and Filial Methods

 

The 2019 Relationship Enhancement®

and Filial Therapy Conference

April 5-6, 2019 in Bethesda, MD

Sponsored by

National Institute of Relationship Enhancement® (NIRE)

 

CE Workshops

For the 2019 Relationship Enhancement® and Filial Therapy Conference, NIRE is sponsoring two workshops on Friday April 5 and two workshops on Saturday April 6.

Friday will include two workshops: “Ethical Considerations in Working with “At Risk” Parents and Families in Order to Develop Positive Parenting Skills” and “‘Don’t Believe Everything You Think’ and Other Challenging Cases in Relationship Enhancement Couple Therapy.”

Saturday will include two workshops: “Empathy and Guerney’s Relationship Enhancement Method: Applications for the 21st Century” and “Empathy and Multiple Approaches to Skilled Dialogues: Applications to Cultural Polarity.”

Each workshop qualifies for 3 CE credits.

 

Organized Friday Night Dutch Treat Dinner

This year’s traditional “Dutch Treat” dinner will be held on Friday night April 5. This well attended event always proves to be a fun time to connect and relax with friends and colleagues around the dinner table. Please join us if you can! Details below. And please RSVP so we can properly plan with the restaurant.

Friday Workshops

 

Ethical Considerations in Working with “At Risk” Parents and Families in Order to Develop Positive Parenting Skills

Presenter: Ian Masson, M.S.

Friday, April 5, 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 3 CE credits

Cases that include court or social service involvement add a certain degree of complexity that can make progress difficult and present unique challenges. Often times, the therapist must be able to navigate the expectations of other professionals such as social workers and court officials while at the same time attempt to promote effective change in families that are experiencing ongoing distress, trauma, or transition. Identifying the therapist’s role and being able to communicate regarding therapeutic process becomes important as these other professionals frequently desire updates. Developing or even maintaining a therapeutic alliance can be difficult when services are mandated, and the need to communicate with other professionals can be an added barrier to the development of the therapeutic relationship. When working with “at risk” families, it can be difficult to maintain a skills-based perspective as opposed to a pathology or “problem-based” perspective, making it more difficult for a counselor to maintain a sense of hope both for family members and for oneself as the therapist. The degree to which the therapist is able to connect with a family, build on and expand the family’s skill set, and communicate effectively with the other professionals involved can drastically improve the outcome of the case.

Workshop Objectives: Participants completing this workshop will be able to:

  1. Identify characteristics, challenges, and strengths of “at risk” families.
  2. Identify ethical and legal challenges in working with other professionals involved, including how to appropriately communicate around progress and recommendations.
  3. Identify strategies to support family development of positive parenting skills and make appropriate treatment recommendations.

Ian Masson, M.S., LPC, is a therapist at Chrysalis Counseling Centers in Culpeper, VA. Ian received his certification in Child-Centered Play Therapy through NIRE and primarily works with children. Ian also oversees the Intensive Therapeutic Parenting Program at Chrysalis, a service that seeks to develop child-centered parenting skills through use of Dr. Louise Guerney’s Parenting: A Skills Training Manual.

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“Don’t Believe Everything You Think” and Other Challenging Cases in Relationship Enhancement Couple Therapy

Presenter: Robert Scuka, Ph.D., M.S.W., LCSW-C

Friday, April 5, 2:00 – 5:15 p.m. 3 CE Credits

Helping clients disentangle themselves from unproductive thought patterns frequently becomes one of the therapist’s prime tools to help clients make progress in their individual or joint therapy work. It is well established that thoughts influence emotions (and vice versa), often is ways that create unnecessary internal emotional distress and/or create more complicated interpersonal difficulties. This workshop will introduce a simple but highly effective way of helping clients begin to distance themselves from their unhelpful thought patterns in order to help alleviate internal emotional distress and/or difficult interpersonal dynamics. This approach will be illustrated with two case examples.

In addition, this workshop will present several other challenging cases from within Relationship Enhancement Therapy in order to examine the clients’ use of the RE dialogue process and the therapist’s interventions at various points in their therapeutic work. Particular attention will be given to the use of Therapist Becoming to deepen and clarify the Expresser’s experience and the use of Therapist Troubleshooting to clarify and sharpen an issue in order to advance the clients’ engagement of their issue.

Workshop participants are encouraged to bring their own challenging cases for discussion and peer feedback regarding potentially helpful strategies for dealing with those cases. Challenging cases with successful outcomes that illustrate the use of RE Therapy techniques also are welcome.

Workshop Objectives: Participants completing this workshop will be able to:

  1. Conceptualize with greater clarity some of the clinical challenges they encounter in their own clinical work and make more skillful choices about how to deal with them effectively
  2. Describe how to use “Don’t Believe Everything You Think” to help clients disentangle themselves from unproductive thought patterns
  3. Describe how to use the advanced RE therapist skills of Becoming and Therapist Troubleshooting with greater effectiveness

Robert Scuka, Ph.D., M.S.W., is Executive Director of the National Institute of Relationship Enhancement® (NIRE) in Bethesda, MD, a member of NIRE’s Faculty, and a Master Trainer in Relationship Enhancement® (RE) methods. Rob is author of Relationship Enhancement Therapy: Healing Through Deep Empathy and Intimate Dialogue (Routledge, 2005). He also is co-author of the Couples’ Relationship Enhancement® Program: Leader’s Manual and has produced three DVD videos, including one on empathy and another on using RE to help couples recover from infidelity.

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Dinner, Friday Night, April 5, 6:30 p.m. Dutch Treat.

Following the Friday afternoon workshop, those who are interested will go out together as a group for dinner for fun, relaxation and an opportunity to connect with friends and colleagues. If you are interested in joining the group for dinner: Please be certain to sign up on the Registration Form. Advance payment is not necessary, but we do need to be able to give an accurate count to the restaurant.

 

Saturday Workshops

 

Empathy and Guerney’s Relationship Enhancement Method: Applications to the 21st Century

Presenter: Mary Ortwein, M.S., LMFT and Spencer Seese, M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy Associate

Saturday, April 6, 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 3 CE credits

Bernard Guerney, Jr. did much of the early research on the effect of teaching people empathy.  In spite of his research and programs, empathy remained the province of therapists for many years. In the 21st century, that has changed. Empathy is now common parlance, the topic of a Disney movie, and the object of a substantial body of brain research. This workshop will begin with a review of research findings on empathy—from social sciences, psychology, and brain function studies.  It will then look at presentations of empathy within the Relationship Enhancement and Filial models as it has developed since the 1960s.

From this foundation, Mary Ortwein and her colleagues will look at innovations in use of empathy which have developed in the past twenty years. This will include videos in the popular culture, as well as cameo appearance videos of applications with various difficult populations. The workshop will conclude with overview, demonstration, and participant practice of use of empathy for self-healing (based on brain research and the work of Sarah Peyton.)

Workshop methods will include lecture, video, demonstration, discussion, and role play practice. Several colleagues will join in the presentation, using examples of the effects of empathy and RE training in their work settings.

Workshop Objectives: Participants completing this workshop will be able to:

  1. Name at least three recent empathy research findings applicable to their practice of therapy.
  2. Name at least one way that materials on empathy in the popular culture can be used in their therapy practice.
  3. Evaluate how methods based on empathy processes in the brain and healing would be applicable to their therapy work.

Mary Ortwein, M.S., LMFT, is the mostly retired founder of IDEALS for Families and Communities in Frankfort, Kentucky. Co-author with Bernard Guerney of several Relationship Enhancement publications, she is also the author of Mastering the Magic of Play: A Training Manual in Filial Family Therapy for Parents. A NIRE-certified supervisor and trainer in many Relationship Enhancement® methods, Mary continues to do professional and participant workshops across the country. Her current empathy writing project is a book for volunteers who visit the Carebound and their families within the Catholic Church.

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Empathy and Multiple Approaches to Skilled Dialogues: Applications to Cultural Polarity

Presenters: Mary Ortwein, M.S., LMFT and Joan Liversidge, M.S. LCMFT

Saturaday, April 6, 2:00 – 5:15 p.m. 3 CE Credits

During this follow up workshop, Mary Ortwein, M.S., LMFT and Joan Liversidge, M.S., LCMFT, will apply empathy and skilled dialogue models to situations of family, political, and cultural polarity. Several “new” programs similar to RE that work to diminish polarities will be reviewed, then compared and contrasted with Relationship Enhancement. These will include such programs as Nonviolent Communication, Compassionate Listening, and Better Angels, as well as more general applications in Pope Francis’ concept of Encounter. Both presenters have used the basic RE model, supplemented by faith material, in settings of social, religious, and family polarity. These experiences will provide a basis for group discussion of issues present in using RE skills where people do not share family bonds. The workshop will conclude with participant practice at using RE dialogues to discuss contemporary polarizing issues, selecting topics currently in the news.

Workshop Objectives: Participants completing this workshop will be able to:

  1. Compare newer models for skilled dialogues with the Relationship Enhancement model for skilled dialogue
  2. Describe how to use RE methods to dialogue about a current event topic that often leads to polarity
  3. Name one way they can use the concepts of this workshop in their current therapy practice

Mary Ortwein, M.S., LMFT, is the mostly retired founder of IDEALS for Families and Communities in Frankfort, Kentucky. Co-author with Bernard Guerney of several Relationship Enhancement® publications, she is also the author of Mastering the Magic of Play: A Training Manual in Filial Family Therapy for Parents. A NIRE-certified supervisor and trainer in many Relationship Enhancement® methods, Mary continues to do professional and participant workshops across the country. Her current empathy writing project is a book for volunteers who visit the Carebound and their families within the Catholic Church.

Joan Liversidge, M.S., LCMFT, has been practicing as a Marriage and Family Therapist in a variety of settings since receiving her training from the University of Maryland in 1982 in the Department of Family and Community Development. Since the early 90’s she began including Relationship Enhancement® in her work as a therapist, trainer, administrator, program developer, manager and consultant.  Most recently she has been involved with applying dialogue skills with individuals and groups in faith based and community groups experiencing differences and conflict.

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Registration Information

Location: The RE and Filial Therapy Conference will be held on the Roof level of the Topaz House at 4400 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD. The Topaz House is located six miles from the White House and Georgetown. NIRE is less than three blocks from the Bethesda metro stop.

Travel: For those coming by air: NIRE is 15 miles from Washington National, 22 miles from Baltimore-Washington, and 18 miles from Dulles Airports. For those coming by car: NIRE is two miles south of the Connecticut Avenue exit or the Wisconsin Avenue exit of the Beltway (I-495).

Parking: Parking on Friday may be available at the Topaz House’s underground garage on a first come first served basis. There is a public parking lot at East-West Highway and Waverly Street, a block and a half from the Topaz House. Be certain to bring plenty of quarters for the public parking lot on Friday. The cost is $1.00 per hour in long term parking on Level 3 or higher; plan on 9 hours, i.e., $9.00 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Parking at the public parking lot is free on Saturday. On Saturday, parking should be easier at Topaz House. All registrants will be sent a map detailing how to reach NIRE.

Schedule: Each workshop will be 3 hours long. There will be one 15 minute break during each workshop.

Refreshments: Starting at 8:40 a.m., and available all day, each day, there will be a sidebar with fruit, coffee and tea, soda, and snacks.

CE Credits: IDEALS/NIRE is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IDEALS/NIRE maintains responsibility for each program and its content. NIRE has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5560. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NIRE is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. IDEALS/NIRE is approved by the Maryland State Board of Social Workers to offer Category 1 continuing education programs for social workers. NIRE also is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to play therapy. APT Approved Provider 95-009. IDEALS/NIRE maintains responsibility for the program.

Each workshop will earn attendees 3 CE credits.

A Certificate will be issued to you attesting to your completion of each workshop attended and documenting the CE credits you have earned.

Cost: The fee for each 3-hour workshop is $60. The fee for currently enrolled, full-time graduate students is $10.00 for each workshop, or $30 for all four workshops.

Lunch: Lunch each day is the responsibility of each participant, though arrangements will be made to provide lunch on Saturday for those who wish. The cost will be $10.00 per person. Please see the registration form below for details.

Optional Friday Night Dinner (Dutch Treat): Many participants at past RE and Filial Therapy Conference annual meeting workshops have enjoyed each other’s company over dinner at a restaurant in Bethesda. We will do the same this year, on Friday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. While prepayment is not necessary, it is necessary for planning purposes to know who plans to attend, so please indicate on the registration form that you would like to attend the dinner so that we can make appropriate arrangements and reserve table space for our group. Some participants may also choose to go out to dinner on Saturday evening, but that will not be a formally organized event.

Accommodations: Discounted hotel rooms are available at the DoubleTree Hotel at 8120 Wisconsin Avenue, in Bethesda. To secure the discounted rate, please call 1-844-545-8107 or 301-652-2000 and ask for the “NIRE” rate. The Thursday night rate for April 5 is $169; the Friday night April 6 rate is $99. It might be worthwhile, however, to check on-line rates at the time you intend to register. These discounted rates are available until the hotel reaches a certain point of capacity for the respective dates, so you are advised to make reservations as early as possible. Information about alternative accommodations can be provided when you register.

For Further Information about arrangements, call the NIRE Administrative Office at 301-680-8977.

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Rob Scuka, Ph.D.
Executive Director
National Institute of Relationship Enhancement®

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