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    The Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (OAMFT) is the professional association for the field of Marriage and Family Therapy in Ontario. We represent the most highly trained and qualified systemic therapists in Ontario who have specialized education and training in working with individuals, couples, and families. OAMFT is committed in supporting diversity, practicing inclusivity, and advocating for equity amongst our members, clients, and communities.

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    ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2023 PRESENTS: "Working with High Conflict Couples and Narcissism"

    When: Saturday February 4th, 9:30AM(EST) to 3:30PM(EST)

    Where: Virtual Zoom Video Communications

    *NOTE: Only Live Participants are eligible to received their 4.0 Hours Continuing Education Credits.*

    There will be opportunities for Theoretical Understanding, Applications and Skillful Practice, Networking Opportunities and Panel Q & A and much more…

    About Our Speakers: 
    Wendy T. Behary, CSW & Robert Taibbi, CSW

    Wendy T. Behary has been treating clients, training professionals, and supervising psychotherapists for more than 20 years. She is the founder and director of The Cognitive Therapy Center of New Jersey and The Schema Therapy Institutes of NJ-NYC-DC. She has co-authored several chapters and articles on Schema Therapy and Cognitive Therapy and is the author of an international bestselling book, “Disarming the Narcissist…”. She lectures both nationally and internationally to professional and general audiences on schema therapy, narcissism, interpersonal relationships, anger, conflict resolution and dealing with difficult people.

    Robert Taibbi is a clinical social worker with 49 years of experience. He is the author of 13 books, over 300 articles, and writes a blog for Psychology Today entitled Fixing Families that has received over 18 million views, and provides trainings internationally.

    Conference Description:

    If couple therapy is one of the most difficult of therapies, working with high-conflict couples takes the challenges to another level. In this 2-hour training, we’ll look at common sources of conflict and initial presentations, discuss from a CBT and systems foundation how to quickly isolate dysfunctional patterns, calm the emotional waters, and anticipate transference. Combining PowerPoint, discussion, and role-play, we’ll walk through the goals and tasks of those crucial openings session, discuss how to use homework, what traps to avoid, when to refer individuals out, and most of all, how to ensure that clients feel differently when they walk out than when they walked in. If you are new to couple therapy, you will leave with a solid model; if you are experienced, you will be challenged and invigorated.

    Part 1:  Disarming the Narcissist By Wendy T. Behary, CSW

    This webinar will help you establish a sturdier foothold for empathically holding narcissistic clients accountable and setting necessary limits. Through empathic curiosity and confrontation, you will learn how to diffuse distractions such as underlying shame and insecurity and disarm the narcissist from shifting into modes (their classic “hiding places”) such as detachment, dismissiveness, and overcompensating, entitlement, self-righteous, and criticalness. Empathic confrontation is a strategy that fortifies access to and maintenance of meaningful consequences while in therapy. It also helps to bypass power struggles.

    You will acquire an applied understanding of schema theory to help you to conceptualize your narcissistic patient’s schemas/modes (as well as your own) and how these schemas and schema modes interact in therapy. By having a firmer grasp of your own schemas and a better understanding of the narcissist’s makeup, you can overcome obstacles in the treatment room and maintain the necessary leverage for meeting needs and correcting early biased emotional experiences.

    Part 2:  How to Work with High Conflict Couples By Robert Taibbi, CSW

    In this workshop Robert will discuss how to work with high-conflict couples—how to effectively move through those crucial opening sessions, how to change dysfunctional patterns and reset the emotional climate. He will be doing a role play of an initial session and there will be time for discussion.

    *NOTE: These prices reflect the Early Bird Discount. Prices are subject to go up on December 16th.