Learn How to Identify, Assess, and Address the Most Common of Destructive Conflict Patterns through the Lens of Adult Attachment Styles

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One of the most common and pervasive issues that brings individuals and couples to seek relationship counselling is difficulties in resolving conflict. It also ranks as one of the most common and difficult issues that therapists face in couple counselling.

Therapists report feeling frustrated, and sometimes at a loss, when it comes to:

  • making sense of a couple's conflict patterns, and
  • how to help a couple break their cycle of destructive communication.

Helping couples improve their communication skills is important; couples need to be supported in how to best communicate with another.  But for couples who display a chronic pattern of destructive conflict, skill-building alone is only so effective...

This is because conflict patterns are often a manifestation of chronic relationship fears and insecurities. These fears and insecurities are tied to people's attachment styles. Over 30 years of research into adult attachment suggests that attachment styles are key to predicting the destructive conflict patterns that couples enact.

Because of this, working with couples to end cycles of destructive conflict requires a therapist to bridge knowledge and skills on conflict patterns WITH knowledge and skills on attachment styles.

But few courses provide therapists and counsellors with clear and direct ways of linking destructive conflict patterns with attachment styles. That is, until now…

This online course is designed to arm counsellors and therapists with knowledge, tools, and skills in working with destructive conflict patterns AND the attachment styles of couples. This course will help you to:

  1. identify and assess the most common destructive conflict patterns – negative reciprocity and demand-withdrawal
  2. develop concrete case conceptualisation in dealing with destructive conflict
  3. understand how attachment styles are associated with particular patterns of destructive conflict, and learn how to assess the attachment styles of couples
  4. learn evidence-based strategies for working with insecurely attached clients who demonstrate destructive communication and conflict patterns

Learn How to Identify and Assess Destructive Conflict Patterns

This course arms you with highly reliable and valid assessment tools to effectively determine the communication and conflict patterns of clients.

There is a special focus on the two most common destructive conflict patterns - negative reciprocity and demand-withdrawal - with emphasis on identifying the verbal and non-verbal behaviours associated with each of these patterns.

The course also provides you with key insights into some of the major communication and conflict pattern frameworks to assist with case conceptualisation of communication difficulties in relationships.

Learn How Adult Attachment Styles Shape Destructive Conflict Patterns

Drawing on 30 years of research, the course provides a comprehensive review into how different attachment styles are associated with particular patterns of destructive conflict.

The course outlines the key characteristics and features that define different attachment styles and how stress and relationship concerns can feed into destructive conflict patterns.

The course also addresses the major factors that can cause individuals to use conflict patterns that are NOT typical of their attachment styles.

Find out How to Implement Therapeutic Approaches to Address Destructive Conflict in Insecurely Attached Clients

The course draws on various couple therapies and relationship education programs to provide therapists and counsellors with evidence-based approaches to help couples deal with destructive conflict and to build more effective patterns of communication.

In particular, the course discusses how the implementation of therapy can be tailored according to the attachment styles of clients.

Price: $295.50

Your Course Instructor

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    Gery Karantzas, PhD, is one Australia’s foremost experts in adult attachment and is regarded as one of the nation’s leading relationship scientists. He is a multi-award winning researcher and educator whose research and teaching excellence has been acknowledged through national awards from the Australian Psychological Society and the Federal Minister of Education (through the then Office of Learning and Teaching). He has worked and trained with some of the world’s leading authorities in adult attachment and relationship science including Professor Phillip Shaver (University of California, Davis), Professor Jeffry Simpson (University of Minnesota), Emeritus Professor Patricia Noller and Associate Professor Judith Feeney (University of Queensland). He has published extensively and many of his publications appear in some of the field’s leading journals. He is the author (alongside Omri Gillath and R. Chris Fraley) of the highly acclaimed text "Adult Attachment: A Concise Guide to Theory and Research". He is also the co-editor with Patricia Noller of the “Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couple and Family Relationships”. Gery is frequently sought out by the media to make comment on all matters related to couple and family relationships and his articles on the Conversation and Psychology Today have amassed over 2 million reads.
    Associate Professor Gery Karantzas, Founder, Relationship Science Online

Here Is What You Get When You Get Started Today...

Module #1 - Communication / Conflict Patterns: Identification, Assessment, & Practice

Module 1 provides important frameworks for how to think about the conflict patterns that couples use. This is important as it can greatly inform your case conceptualisation. Its not just about observing particular patterns, its about understanding what is the function (or purpose) of particular patterns.

Module 1 will also describe the two most common conflict patterns and provide you with tools on how to observe and assess these patterns so that you can detect them with greater accuracy in your practice.

The module will also cover particular skill building and therapeutic approaches used across various couple therapies and relationship enrichment programs that you can implement with individuals and couples. It will even provide you with resource sheets you can give to individuals and couples to help with building communication skills.

Module #2 - Attachment Styles: Unpacking a Powerful Predictor of Conflict Patterns

Module 2 shifts the emphasis to attachment styles and how different attachment styles are associated with different patterns of conflict.

This is important because it can provide you with important insights into how attachment styles can make people resistant to changing their conflict behaviours. An insight into attachment styles also helps you to work with clients to tap into core issues that underpin the conflict patterns they use.

Module 2 also outlines how stress can exacerbate the attachment insecurities of people and you will be provided with a widely validated method for assessing attachment styles. The module also addresses how the skill-building and therapeutic approaches outlined in Module 1 can be tailored according to the attachment styles of people.

Price: $295.50

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