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Revolutionize Your Work with Couples: Proven Techniques for Couples Therapy to Transform Your Practice

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Michelle Wangler Joy, MA, MFT
6 Hours 06 Minutes
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Jul 13, 2016
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  • A roadmap for how to select the best possible interventions for different types of couples
  • Work more effectively with couples to avoid unnecessary divorces
  • Highly effective, practical exercise that leads many couples to say, “We haven’t felt this connected in years!”

Are you ready to take your work with couples to a whole new level? Instead of feeling stuck and bewildered, imagine feeling grounded and structured. Inadequacy is replaced with confidence, knowing you have a roadmap to keep your couples on course. New couples begin to say, “our previous therapists just let us muddle along. Thank you for finally helping us!”

Join us to learn cutting-edge tools to evolve and deepen your work with couples. This workshop offers practical interventions, step-by-step, that are designed to create the results couples want. You will learn how to take charge with the endlessly blaming couples, gain traction with the conflict avoidant couples, and guide entrenched couples out of destructive communication patterns. You will confront defenses in a way that is illuminating for everyone in the room. You’ll also sharpen your skills with a powerful communication exercise that serves as an assessment and intervention tool, as well as fostering teamwork and collaboration.

When you understand the dynamics of a relationship from a developmental perspective, your work with couples is transformed. This workshop offers proven, hands-on, practical tools that you can begin using immediately with your couples. Equipped with a road map, you will feel more prepared to face obstacles that lie ahead and be able to know you are truly helping. Watch your practice grow!



This online program is worth 6.0 hours CPD.



Michelle Wangler Joy, MA, MFT's Profile

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Michelle Wangler, MA, MFT, has been employed at The Couples Institute in Menlo Park, CA, since 2002, and is a therapist on staff. She trains with Couples Institute founders and directors Ellyn Bader, Ph.D and Peter Pearson, Ph.D to deliver state of the art tools for couples and couples therapists. In addition to her private practice, Michelle offers weekend workshops for couples.

A graduate in The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy - Advanced Level, Michelle is a top choice on the Couples Institute staff for professional trainings. In addition to teaching advanced classes to therapists, Michelle is a local and national speaker for professional associations on how to help more couples. She is excited to share her work with other therapists, helping them to explore and enhance their skills and confidence levels. She especially enjoys hearing from therapists whose most challenging couples have become their most rewarding ones.


Speaker Disclosures:  

Financial: Michelle Wangler Joy has an employment relationship with The Couples Institute.  She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. Michelle has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Michelle Wangler Joy has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.  


  • Identify questions to avoid in the initial session, and ways to get off to the most powerful start.
  • Describe differentiation and how it applies to managing the various ways couples get stuck.
  • Breakdown the true meaning of a couples team and generate collaboration.
  • Recognize the role that neuroscience plays in couples negative patterns, and how to apply appropriate interventions.
  • Provide a roadmap for developing new capacities in each partner.
  • Apply motivational strategies for conflict avoidant patterns.
  • Determine productive interventions for blaming and critical couples.
  • Implement the structure of effective negotiation.


Couples Stages

  • A developmental perspective
  • Identify developmental arrests
  • Process of differentiation with couples
  • Identify the type of couple

Hostile-Angry Couple

  • Get off to a strong start
  • Establish self as leader
  • Incorporate neuroscience / brain research
  • Guide couple out of destructive patterns
  • Strategies to refocus entrenched blaming
  • Techniques to encourage accountability

Conflict-Avoidant Couple

  • Types of Conflict-Avoidant couples
  • Separate the “we”
  • Handle developmental tension
  • Therapists: Avoid enabling their arrested system
  • Manage their consuming desire to merge

Initiator-Inquirer Exercise

  • Provide appropriate structure before beginning
  • Teach exercise to couple
  • Strengthen the Capacities of the Initiator
  • Strengthen the Capacities of the Inquirer
  • Therapist challenges

Additional Tools and Interventions

  • The Paper Exercise to diagnose and intervene
  • Interpret results from Couples Diagnostic Questionnaire
  • Gestalt 2-chair to illuminate resistance to change

Target Audience

Addiction Counselors, Case Managers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, and other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 4


Zachary L

"An outstanding presenter and workshop! Very practical and effective."

Elisabeth W

"Great Course!"

Taryn P

"I really enjoyed the content and presentation. Very helpful to me as someone who hasn't really worked with couples in the past. Thank you~"

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