Expanding Your Therapeutic Toolkit for Couples and Families

This unique day-and-a-half program features Doug Meske's use of treatment techniques such as homework assignments, marathon sessions, and therapeutic separation. We emphasize the challenges of couples therapy and its importance in the therapeutic setting and for society in general.

At a glance

What: Expanding Your Therapeutic Toolkit for Couples and Families

When: Nov 19, 8:30am-4:30pm Nov 20, 8:30am-12:30pm

Where: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI

Cost: $250

Continuing education credit: 12 hours (1.2 CEUs)

Presenter: Doug Meske

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For additional information, contact Ann Whitaker: 608-890-2747

Join us for this workshop that focuses on practical therapeutic strategies to use with couples and families, and on how often individual therapy will be part of the treatment effort. Learn about interventions that will be immediately helpful in your professional life or practice using Cognitive Therapy, Behavioral Changes, The Power of the Six Emotional Needs, Transactional Analysis, and useful elements from Psychoanalytic Theory.

You’ll learn more about and discuss:

  • How to begin helping before the first session
  • What should take place in the first session?
  • How to effectively use homework—what kinds, how often, and how to create homework during sessions
  • When to spend time with the individual versus the couple or family
  • What does it mean to be “old enough to be married?”
  • How to structure the therapeutic separation and when to use it
  • Five ingredients for a healthy, effective family: are all the players healthy?
  • How to help parents react versus reinforce
  • Bullying doesn’t just happen at school; it happens in families, too
  • How to know when to refer and to whom?

And much more …

This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Describe how to begin therapy before the first session
  • Utilize homework to enhance therapy
  • Develop helpful interventions with a variety of clients
  • Discover the rewards of working effectively with couples and families
  • Recognize when referrals are needed

This program is designed for intermediate to advanced practice professionals, but offers strategies for all practice levels.

A special message and invitation from your instructor

I encourage you as therapists and counselors to participate and engage in discussions throughout the program.  There is no role playing and no forced participation.

Our time on Thursday is devoted to numerous interventions I’ve found effective when working with individuals, couples, and families. Friday morning is spent discussing actual cases and brainstorming how to best address complex issues and treatment blocks.

I look forward to making this workshop very practical for you and working with you on difficult cases and situations.

— Doug Meske

General information

Fee: $250 includes instruction, materials, CEUs, and refreshments. Lunch on Thursday is on your own.

Accommodations: Please make your own travel and lodging arrangements. A block of rooms is available at the Campus Inn, 601 Langdon St (one block from Pyle Center); rate is $139/night. To make reservations, call 800-589-6285 and use group name: Therapeutic Toolkit. The rooms will be released to others 4 weeks before the program dates. Lodging costs are not included in the program fee.

Continuing Education Units/Approved Hours: 1.2 CEU = 12 hours of professional continuing education/workshop. Participants receive verification of attendance at end of program. UW-Madison Continuing Studies is an acceptable continuing education provider for the following:

Social Workers: UW-Madison Continuing Studies (provider #1042) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. UW-Madison Continuing Studies maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: April 27, 2013-April 27, 2016. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 12 continuing education clock hours.

WI, IA, IL, MI, and MN Boards of Social Work recognize ACE programs.
Counselors: UW-Madison Continuing Studies is a National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) #5990 and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

WI Psychologists, and Marriage and Family Therapists: qualifies as an accredited university continuing education course relevant to professional practice.

WI Substance Abuse Counselors: qualifies as a continuing education course consisting of relevant subject matter taught by qualified presenters.

Educators: this program may qualify towards your Professional Development Plans (PDPs).

Other professions: completion of this program qualifies for 12 continuing education hours. Contact your own board or organization for specific continuing education requirements.

For more information contact:
Ann Whitaker at 608-890-2747 or awhitaker@dcs.wisc.edu