The Relational Self

Level 3


Most people who want a committed relationship look for the ideal partner match. They have limited or no understanding that the person they select and the relationship they have is influenced by their early life experience and the formation of their character defenses.

This course will greatly deepen the therapist’s understanding of character structure and how to assist persons to modify their character structure thereby improve their unconscious choice of a partner, as well as the outcome of their relationship. The first two days of this course involve attending the “Keeping the Love You Find” workshop. The focus is on saying goodbye to old relationships hurts and old ways of be- ing in relationships that have not served well and re-integration of the missing parts of the self: the lost, denied and disowned, and developing a personal growth plan. The subsequent three days addresses how to bring these elements into working with individual clients. Three models for working with individual clients within the relational paradigm present long-term psychotherapy. The therapist is the primary attachment figure and moves with the client through the developmental stages, a supportive model, and a relationship coaching model. Designed to help therapists become more effective in repairing their single clients for committed relationships and marriage.

This training is designed for relational work in a group setting with theory and processes to show single people how to modify their character adaptations in an intimate relationship. In relationship we were wounded, and only in relationship can we be healed. This course is also useful for therapists in doing character work with couples. Course Requirements: Attend five days (40 hours) of training, complete assigned readings, participate in training exercises and serve as clinical support staff at a singles workshop within one year of course completion.

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