Applying Hope to Couple Therapy

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CE Credit: 3

Length: 3 hours

Exam Items: 10

Closed captioning provided.

Workshop attendees will gain tools to implement the empirically supported treatment modality of hope focused couples therapy with couple assessment, key change interventions and case examples. Improving and repairing relational bonds is accomplished by using memorable communication and conflict resolution methods, and FREE (Forgiveness and Reconciliation through Experiencing Empathy), which trains couples in REACH forgiveness—one of the two most investigated forgiveness interventions in psychology. This workshop will highlight the revised approach, focusing on hope through a strategy of building love, work, and faith and repairing emotional bonds through forgiveness and reconciliation. Original webcast date: June 8, 2018.

Learning Objective 1
Distinguish several areas to consider in beginning stages of couple counseling, including best practices and an evidence based intervention for intakes and feedback.

Learning Objective 2
Name and describe many evidence based and original interventions to be used within couple counseling sessions.

Learning Objective 3
Apply the hope focused couples therapy strategy, an evidence based treatment for couple therapy and enrichment—to diverse couple cases.

Presenter: Jennifer S. Ripley, PhD

Ripley Dr. Ripley is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Virginia, where she is a Professor of Psychology and the Director of the MMATE Center at Regent University where she has supervised over 500 couples in her lab. She has published a book on Couple Therapy: A New Hope Focused approach with Everett Worthington.  Her research publications are in numerous professional journals with over 50 publications and over 100 professional presentations.  She presented on hope focused approach at APA convention in 2017.  In addition, she served as a member on APA’s Continuing Education Committee, and has served as program chair for Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality).

Supplementary Materials

  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • References