Hope-focused Couples Therapy

September 15, 2016 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Ev Worthington, Jr.
Jen Ripley

The Hope-focused Couples Approach (HFCA) is an evidence-based couple enrichment and therapy intervention. In a survey of 600+ AACC members, the HFCA was the most frequently used, explicitly Christian couple therapy approach. It has two parts: HOPE (Handling Our Problems Effectively), which uses communication and conflict resolution methods, and FREE (Forgiveness and Reconciliation through Experiencing Empathy), which trains couples in the REACH forgiveness model. This intensive will highlight the new HFCA, including strategies for building love and repairing damaged emotional bonds.

Training Modules
Session 1: A Theory of Change: Helping Couples Form, Strengthen, Maintain and Repair Emotional Bonds
Session 2: Beginning Counseling (Pre-counseling Interventions and Intakes) and Case Studies in Treatment Planning
Session 3: Hope-focused Interventions within Sessions: Communication, Conflict Resolution, and Promoting Intimacy and Positive Sexuality
Session 4: Hope-focused Interventions within Sessions: Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Positive Psychology
Session 5: Conquering Some Difficulties You’ll Face
Session 6: Concluding Treatment and a Very Brief Summary of Supportive Research

Learning Objectives
Participants will:
1. Investigate the key tenants of attachment theory as they apply to the marriage relationship
2. Use the Hope-focused Couples Therapy strategy (i.e., faith, work, and love)—an evidence-based treatment for couple therapy and enrichment—to structure marital interventions
3. Distinguish several areas to consider in beginning stages of counseling, including best practices and an evidence-based intervention for pre-counseling interventions and intakes
4. Review case studies to inform treatment planning
5. Name and describe many evidence-based and original interventions to be used within counseling sessions
6. Distinguish a plan of concluding treatment that is conducive to Hope Focused Couples Therapy with consideration given to termination and post-counseling checkups