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By the end of the course, the Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, Social Worker or Psychologist will be able to:
-Explain what is a working definition of ‘intimacy’ that a therapist might use in conjoint therapy.
-Name three common types of marriages in which togetherness has been chosen over intimacy, causing conflict.
-Explain what the therapist must “risk” straining the therapeutic relationship with one partner, failure to have a strong relationship with which partner runs a greater risk of negatively affecting the outcome of conjoint therapy.
-Name four common ways couples undermine communication during infidelity issues.
-Name five common types of filters.
-Name the three ground rules for both the speaker and listener in the speaker-listener technique.
-Name five kinds of hidden issues between spouses.
-Name three key assumptions that can help couples approach learning steps to solve problems together.
-Name the five steps in the “Address with Respect” problem solving technique.
-Name five important elements in the vulnerability cycle diagram.
-Name five roadblocks to friendship in marriage.
-Name three barriers to fun that couples may experience.
-Name two of the biggest roadblocks to sexuality between married couples.
-Name three key topics concerning the process of forgiveness.
-Name one of the therapist rationales for utilizing the Couples Assessment Summary. 
-Explain what is the objective identification. 
-Name the 9 advantages of Action Methods in comparison with exclusively verbal techniques that apply particularly well to conjoint therapy. 
-Explain why are intercultural marriages more susceptible to stress and have a higher frequency of divorce. 
-Name four most common corrosive negative factors in unstable unions in The Gottman technique attempts to conquer.
-Explain how can therapists be change-focused when clients return for additional visits. 
-Name the nine steps of treatment for Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. 
-Name the five barriers to a loving relationship. 
-Explain what type of psychodramatic structure the therapist uses guided dramatic action, for action modality psychotherapy.
-Name the three stages of couple development. 
-Name sustained empathic inquiry. Sustained empathic inquiry is both the stance and method in approaching therapy with intercultural couples.
-Explain why does the invocation of separate rules or the suggestion of new problem-solving methods in relationships add fuel to the fire.


"The instructional level of this course is introductory, intermediate, or advanced depending on the learners clinical area of expertise."