There are few things more painful and disappointing than distance and an inability to connect in marriage. When couples come to mental health professionals for help to get “back to each other,” many emotions and feelings—emptiness, anger, insecurity, frustration, and deep sadness- are present in session. Often, attachment and communication are core issues that need to be addressed. Without emotional safety, a healthy connection, and the ability to communicate effectively, effort is often fruitless. This course will equip you to help marriages get back on track by facilitating repair to these central issues.
- Describe the attachment styles that are seen in marriage, their potential issues, and the therapeutic posture of the mental health professional.
- List the various aspects of the BUILD method and the characteristics that help create safety and partnership in marriage.
- Discuss the six conflict styles and the six steps to working through conflict with a couple.
Course Lessons and Descriptions
ACM 101: Face-to-Face: Embracing Vulnerability and Secure Attachments in Marital Conflict, Part 1
Jesse Gill, Psy.D.
In Part 1, Dr. Gill reviews attachment styles and relates each type to patterns and behaviors that may occur in marriage. After addressing the problematic patterns and needs for each insecure attachment style, Dr. Gill identifies the posture of the therapist as a bridge.
Runtime: 55 minutes 25 seconds
ACM 102: Face-to-Face: Embracing Vulnerability and Secure Attachments in Marital Conflict, Part 2
Jesse Gill, Psy.D.
In this lecture, Dr. Gill explains the BUILD method of establishing connection in couples: breathing, uplifting, interrupting, low and slow, and distill the message. Continuing to share techniques for the therapy session, Dr. Gill identifies three “C” characteristics—Curious, Compassionate, and Controlled—that serve to develop an atmosphere of safety and partnership through counseling work.
Runtime: 54 minutes 29 seconds
ACM 103: We Need to Talk: Successfully Navigating Conflict
Linda Mintle, Ph.D.
Learn why conflict is a part of all healthy relationships and how healthy conflict can bring you closer to those you care for deeply. Dr. Mintle discusses the relationship between conflict resolution and trust, the six conflict styles, and six steps to working through a conflict.
Runtime: 49 minutes 55 seconds
2.50 CE Credits available for LPC, and LMFT.
3.00 CE Credits available for IBCC Credential Holders.
The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) offers some psychologists, therapists, counselors, social workers and play therapists Continuing Education (CE) credit due for good standing with certain states and a limited number of professional organizations. It remains the responsibility of each participant to be aware of state licensure and CE requirements. Participants should check their state and/or local regulations regarding required continuing education hours. For more information Light University Continuing Education programs, please visit: https://www.lightuniversity.com/continuing-education-statements/.