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Handling Conflict in Relationships

In this Webinar: 

Many couples are facing new strains on their relationship that are making life at home all the more difficult. In a recent survey, only 18 percent of couples reported satisfaction in communication with their partner. Yet, with the rise in new challenges comes an opportunity to learn long-term strategies to overcome obstacles and deepen connection. In this introspective and enlightening webinar, Dr. Lisa Firestone will describe how adopting certain principles can help couples use this time to not just survive but to thrive.

Drawing on more than 30 years of research, theory, and clinical experience with couples, Dr. Firestone will explore how each person’s internal defenses formed in childhood are often at the root of the deepest conflict or distress in their relationships, even in the face of external hardships. As one national survey showed “how couples argue was more related to divorce potential than was what they argue about.” This presentation is therefore designed to empower individuals to understand the dynamics that hurt their closest relationships and learn healthier strategies to handle stress and conflict. By taking a curious, open, and introspective approach to the problems they are experiencing, people can truly transform their relationships.

This presentation offers two essential things:

  • A pathway to understanding the reactions and defenses that hurt one’s close relationships
  • Transformative principles and techniques that lead to more loving and satisfying connections

Learning Objectives:

  1.  Recognize how methods or defenses formed to deal with pain and anxiety in childhood later come to hinder people as adults in their ability to develop and sustain close relationships
  2. Summarize the concept of the fantasy bond, an imaginary connection formed with their partner that relieves anxiety, yet leads to deterioration in relating
  3. Apply the techniques of Voice Therapy to help partners identify and challenge negative thoughts toward themselves and their partner
  4. Describe the technique of unilateral disarmament in mediating conflict between couples

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Once payment is received, you will be emailed a full video recording of this webinar along with all presentation materials.

Optional CEs (1.5) may be purchased through R. Cassidy Seminars. A link to purchase CE Credits will be included in the email containing all your webinar resourcesMore Info Here

Continuing Education Information

Optional CEs (1.5) may be purchased through R. Cassidy Seminars. A link to purchase CE Credits will be included in the email containing all your webinar resourcesMore Info Here


About the Presenter

Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. Dr. Lisa Firestone is the Director of Research and Education at The Glendon Association. An accomplished and much requested lecturer, Dr. Firestone speaks at national and international conferences in the areas of couple relations, parenting, and suicide and violence prevention. Dr. Firestone has published numerous professional articles, and most recently was the co-author of Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships (APA Books, 2006), Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice (New Harbinger, 2002), Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion: The Wisdom of Psychotherapy (APA Books, 2003) and The Self Under Siege (Routledge, 2012). Follow Dr. Firestone on Twitter or Google.

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Norma L Oshita-Dunn

Good afternoon-
I am LMFT and I am interested on attending one your upcoming webinars on Nov 10, 2020- However I am having trouble singing up. Please advise

Norma Oshita-Dunn, LMFT
Oshita Counseling

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