Fostering Safe Haven Marriages

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Shelby (AL1058)
Tel 2019-09-20
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Fostering Safe Haven Marriages

CONFERENCE TOPIC The number one predictor of divorce is whether or not a couple is able to stay emotionally connected. All couples long to be emotionally connected with their spouse, yet inability to deal with differences, unresolved hurts, rigid fighting patterns, and busyness of life can get in the way. There is one counseling modality that focuses on helping couples unravel their fight cycle, heal their hurts, and emotionally connect—Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). Based on attachment theory, EFT aims to foster a close emotional attachment bond between a couple by accessing and expanding a couple’s emotional experience to create new ways of interacting. This workshop gives an overview of EFT, its core assumptions, and how it brings about lasting change in distressed couples.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES Participants will be able to: 1. Describe the basic concepts of attachment. 2. Describe the basic neuro-biology of a marital argument.3. Conceptualize a marital couple’s distress through Emotionally Focused Therapy, and understand the process of change.4. Evaluate the 3 shifts and understand the basic tenants of how to move a couple through the 9 steps of EFT.5. Through demonstration, evaluate the interventions used by the EFT therapist to bring about lasting change.       SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY Dr. Sharon May, Ph.D., grew up in South Africa and came to the United States in 1972. She graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, completed her master’s degree in Theology from Fuller Graduate School of Theology, and obtained her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Ph.D.
in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary and Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. Specializing in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Dr. May is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Director of the Safe Haven Relationship Center, and is in private practice at La Vie Counseling Center in Pasadena, California. She is a relationship consultant and works primarily conducting relationship intensives with distressed couples. She conducts research on relationships from an attachment perspective and teaches at universities and to professional counselors, as well as pastors and lay counselors. Traveling worldwide, Dr. May speaks at seminars and conferences, and is frequently heard on the radio, such as Focus on The Family with James Dobson. She is an author and writes numerous journal and magazine articles.
Dr. May has also devised Haven of Safety Marital Assessment Tool, a marital assessment tool based on the attachment concept of ‘safe haven.’ Dr. May’s latest book is called, How To Argue So Your Spouse Will Listen. (Thomas Nelson, Publisher). Sharon and her husband Mike enjoy traveling, cooking, and spending time with family. Together they have four grown sons, three daughter in-laws, and three grandchildren. They currently live between Arcadia and Carlsbad, California. ADDITIONAL INFO Due to to limited seating, no refunds will be given once tickets are purchased. Please visit the Pathways Conference event page for more information..

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