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Judith Siegel is a Professor at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University where she is Director of the Post Masters Certificate Program in Child and Family Therapy and the Coordinator of the online Post Masters Certificate Program in Advanced Clinical Diagnosis and Assessment. Dr. Siegel also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Family Social Work. She is a recognized leader in the field of couple treatment, and represents an approach that draws from Object Relations, systems and neurobiology. Her books include Repairing Intimacy (Jason Aronson), Countertransference in Couples Therapy (co-authored with Marion Solomon and published by Norton Press), What Children Learn From Their Parents Marriage (Harper Collins) and Stop Overreacting (New Harbinger). She has presented her work on Object Relations Couple Treatment throughout the United States, Canada, England, Israel and Australia, and is a regular presenter at the Ackerman Institute for The Family in New York.
Contact Dr. Siegel directly at Siegeljpphd@gmail.com if you would like to consult with her.
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Therapy with adults or couples with children frequently presents opportunities to help parents understand and improve parent-child dynamics. Parenting reveals implicit and unconscious expectations about raising children that are often culturally determined, and based on each parent’s own childhood experiences. This seminar draws on theories from systems, object relations and the parenting literature to show how unconscious factors get played out in the parent-child relationship. Therapists can help parents identify ways that their own childhood experiences, and aspects of the marital relationship, are played out in the parenting process. Through presentation of theory, and case examples, participants will be able to understand how to raise and explore parenting dynamics in the therapy session, and help parents find new ways of relating to their children and each other. This is particularly import in work with highly conflicted couples, even those who have divorced but have difficulty co-parenting.
Most therapists recognize the power of the past as it is revealed in the way partners respond to each other. The therapist can be baffled by emotionally intense reactions that seem way out of proportion to the moment. Repeated conflict themes also suggest that the ways partners interpret each other’s behavior can only be understood by exploring their individual lived experience. This seminar presents an overview of an object relations approach to working with couples, and describes dynamics that are unique to this clinical approach. You will understand how unfinished business from the past and each partner’s relational past can unfold in patterns and postures that work against intimacy. You will also be able to understand how extreme emotional reactions and black & white thinking create instability and specific relationship problems. The seminar will explain a range of techniques that can help couples acquire new ways of responding to each other and strengthening intimacy. You will also understand how the therapist’s intuition and reaction to partners is an important source of information that allows insight into the core themes and facilitates the partners ability to heal past wounds while forging deeper intimacy.
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