The Parent, The Partner, and the Individual: Nurturing the Multiple Ego States in Enduring Intimate Relationships
8 CEUs for MFTs in CT! (pending board approval)
Date of Training: Friday, April 12
Time of Training: 9am-5pm
Location of Training: Central Connecticut State University (classroom TBD)
Registration Costs: $105 for CEU Certificate ($65 for current students)
I often remind couples that parents don't have sex--partners do. The statement introduces an epistemological shift in ways individuals experience being part of a larger couple and family system. This presentation explores how therapists can evolve such relational experiencing in ways that honor both individuality and togetherness across multiple ego states while nurturing the self-esteem of each partner. By intentionally introducing language that acknowledges the various roles embodied by individuals within a couple system (e.g., parent, partner, and individual), couples learn to balance relational responsibilities while nurturing individual needs. In doing so, partners strengthen individual well-being and relational connection. Following an interactive dialogue that deconstructs the multiple ego states--while examining transgenerational and other developmental influences--techniques for assessment and intervention will be introduced and collaboratively applied to both common and multifaceted clinical vignettes.
Lucas Volini, DMFT, LMFT is an assistant professor at St. Cloud State University in the Department of Community Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy with a current appointment as Clinical Director of the graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Volini’s research focuses on the development of Global Family Therapy and Global Systems Theory which examine the relationship between an individual’s self-esteem as it relates to the cultural standards and expectations of his or her family and social system. Dr. Volini’s research is published in peer-reviewed academic journals and he is the independent author of a textbook on the theory and practice of marriage and family therapy, currently in its second edition. In clinical practice, Dr. Volini works primarily with couples in both an outpatient and intensive, marathon-based setting. When working intensively with highly conflicted couples, he facilitates 3-6 hour long sessions targeting interactional ego-states through transgenerational, experiential, and multicultural frameworks.
Sponsored by CCSU's MFT Society