ArPA Spring Workshop

April 26, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Pat Walker Health Center
525 N. Garland Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Beyond Conflict Resolution & Communication Skills: Couples Therapy in the 21st Century
Dr. Chelsea Wakefield


In this daylong workshop, we will look at some of the recent advancements in couples therapy since its inception and how couples therapy differs in important ways from individual psychotherapy. Dr. Wakefeld will detail a framework of problem assessment and effective interventions drawn from attachment theory, parts psychology, interpersonal neurobiology, psychodynamic theory, coaching, and skill-based behavioral approaches. Clinicians will have an opportunity to ask questions about challenging cases.

Educational Objectives:

  • Explain why a client in individual therapy may be more likely to get divorced than the same person in couples therapy.
  • Explain reasons why love and committed relationship in the 21st century are more challenging than at any other time in history.
  • Compare the differences and benefits of behavioral couples therapy, attachment-oriented couples therapy, and psychodynamic couples therapy.
  • Describe cues for assessing each partner’s attachment style, and be able to provide client education and helpful suggestions for interrupting attachment reactivity.
  • Explain the neurobiology of limerence and describe a developmental progression thru stages of a relationship.
  • Describe how projection and projective identification create confusion, unresolvable cycles of conflict and protective distancing in couples.
  • Outline the principles of Real Dialogue™ to assist couples in interrupting projective identification, and changing critical or contemptuous statements into communications that reduce defensiveness, invite engaged dialogue, increase empathy, and promote cooperation



Refunds minus a 20% administrative fee will be issued if a written request is received by postal mail, email or fax 5 business days prior to the event. Refunds will not be granted for cancellation requests received after this date.

Target Audience:

Psychologists, students, and professionals from other mental health and allied disciplines. The instructional level for all activities is at the intermediate to advanced level.

Continuing Education:

The Arkansas Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Arkansas Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


At the close of each workshop, CE Certificates will be given when completed evaluation forms are returned to the proctors. The APA Sponsor Approval System stipulates that credit is only to be awarded for full attendance at each workshop.

Conflict of Interest:

The Arkansas Psychological Association is receiving no commercial support for these programs that might present any conflict of interest for attendees


$130.00 Member Registration plus $5 credit card fee
$140.00 after 12:00 am April 12

$180.00 Non-Member Registration plus $5 credit card fee
$190.00 after 12:00 am April 12

$28.00 Student Registration plus $3 credit card fee
$38.00 after 12:00 am April 12

$28.00 Student Non-Member Registration plus $3 credit card fee
$38.00 after 12:00 am April 12