Category: Couples / Close Relationships

Master Clinician Seminar

Master Clinician Seminar 3 - Acceptance and Change in Couple Therapy: Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy

Friday, November 17
11:45 AM - 1:45 PM
Location: Cobalt 500, Level 5, Cobalt Level

Keywords: Acceptance | Couples / Close Relationships | Therapy Process
Presentation Type: Master Clinician Seminar
Level of Familiarity: Moderate

In an effort to improve the outcome of couples therapy, Andrew Christensen of UCLA and the late Neil Jacobson of the University of Washington developed Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy (IBCT), which integrates strategies for promoting acceptance in couples with the traditional behavioral strategies for promoting change in couples. "Acceptance work" focuses on turning problems into vehicles for promoting intimacy and increasing couples' tolerance for what they see as each other's negative behavior. As couples let go of the struggle to change one another, change often occurs in response to natural contingencies. Several clinical trials have demonstrated the efficacy of IBCT. IBCT has been adopted by the Veteran's Administration as one of their empirically supported treatments for couples; extensive efforts to train VA therapists in IBCT are underway, with preliminary positive results. IBCT has also been adapted into an online program, www.ourrelationship.com; a recent clinical trial showed the effectiveness of that program.
In this seminar, Andrew Christensen will outline the theoretical foundation of IBCT and provide an overview of the assessment methods, clinical formulation, feedback session, and treatment strategies of IBCT. Treatment strategies will be illustrated with video clips from treatment sessions of couples in one of the outcome studies or in Christensen's own work with couples.



Earn 2 continuing education credits

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Recommended Reading: Doss, B.D., Cicila, L.N., Georgia, E.J., Roddy, M.K., Nowlan, K.M., Benson, L.A., & Christensen, A. (2016). A randomized controlled trial of the web-based OurRelationship program: Effects on relationship and individual functioning. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84, 285-296.




Doss, B. D., Cicila, L. N., Georgia, E. J., Roddy, M. K., Nowlan, K. M., Benson, L. A., & Christensen, A. (2016). A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Web-Based OurRelationship Program: Effects on Relationship and Individual Functioning. Journal or Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84, 285-296.
Christensen, A., Doss, B. D., & Jacobson, N. S. (2014). Reconcilable differences. New York: Guilford.

Andrew Christensen

University of California Los Angeles

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