Couples Therapy: A Principles-Based Approach

July 7, 2017

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center
1 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017

OVERVIEW

Working with couples requires a clinician to move flexibly among different viewpoints and to utilize a variety of clinical skills. A couple can be seen from three complementary perspectives: as two individuals, as a relational unit, and as a subsystem of a larger extended family system. In this way, each couple represents a 'triune reality' with three interrelated, mutually influencing domains (Individual, Couple, Family), each offering different ways of 'seeing' and interacting therapeutically. While there are many diverse models of couples therapy, this workshop will eschew models in favor of guiding principles that are grounded in systems theory and are flexible in application. These principles offer multiple points of entry for working with the complexity of couples relationships. Attendees should expect to gain concrete tools for effective assessment and intervention. 

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to: 
  • Gain an understanding of basic organizing principles for working with couples.
  • Learn to identify the three domains (two individuals, relational unit, and subsystem of extended family) and to direct clinical focus from moment to moment in a session and over the course of therapy.
  • Gain effective tools for assessment and intervention with couples.
This conference will attract social workers and human services professionals who provide services to Veterans, Military Service Personnel and their larger support networks (e.g. spouses, children, and extended family).  It will increase the knowledge base on the intersection of specific Veteran and Military Service issues (e.g. substance abuse, PTSD, homelessness, families, housing, employment, education, advocacy, wellness, alternate paths to care, family violence).    
This conference will attract social workers and human services professionals who provide services to Veterans, Military Service Personnel and their larger support networks (e.g. spouses, children, and extended family).  It will increase the knowledge base on the intersection of specific Veteran and Military Service issues (e.g. substance abuse, PTSD, homelessness, families, housing, employment, education, advocacy, wellness, alternate paths to care, family violence).    

Presenters

Consuelo Senior
Andrew Roffman, LCSW
Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center
 

Andrew Roffman, LCSW is Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine and Director of the Family Studies Program at the Child Study Center of NYU Langone Medical Center. Mr. Roffman has been in practice for 28 years, spending the first 11 of those years in community mental health settings and the last 17 as part of the NYU Child Study Center where he divides his time between clinical practice, supervision, and teaching. Mr. Roffman directs Family Studies, a training program in family and couples therapy for psychiatry residents and psychology interns in the Departments of Child/Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry at NYU. In addition, he teaches an undergraduate class on family systems theory in NYU’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies Program (CAMS). Mr. Roffman’s publications on psychotherapy include numerous articles in peer reviewed professional journals as well as book chapters. His clinical practice is comprised of work with individuals, couples and families.