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Conjoint Counseling with High Conflict Couples

  • Friday, April 19, 2019
  • 11:15 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Los Gatos Lodge, 50 Los Gatos/Saratoga Rd., Los Gatos, CA 95008

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South Region Luncheon

Presented by Mary Crocker Cook, LMFT and Steve Darrow, LCSW (1.5 CEUs)


Have you ever been working with a couple and felt they needed more support than what you alone could offer? Have you ever worked with a couple where one partner was a bit too involved in drugs/alcohol, then found yourself stuck in the dynamic? Have you ever taken a couple that was a bit closer to physical violence or verbal abuse than you are comfortable with?

If you have (or haven't yet!), then you will want to learn more about Conjoint Couples Therapy. Steve Darrow and Mary Cook will not only present about their experience in providing this therapy to high conflict couples, but we will also be encouraging you to try Conjoint Couples Therapy for yourself. After a short presentation about Conjoint Couples Therapy we will get a chance to practice using this model. You may find that partnering up with another therapist might be the best move for your development as a therapist and enhance your income as well. Come on out and learn about this modality and have a few laughs with Steve and Mary.

When we refer to our conjoint model, we are explicitly referring to the following structure currently used in our work with high conflict couples:

  1. Each person in the couple meets with either Mary or Steve every two weeks.
  2. The couple meets with both Steve and Mary every two weeks.
  3. The division into therapeutic dyads is not necessarily gender specific, but is based on a clinical assessment of client compatibility needs both in style and issue focus.

We will explore effective conjoint therapy structure, and keys to successful conjoint therapy team development. We will also provide a clinical vignette examples.

Learning Objectives
After attending this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify the theoretical and practical rationale for the conjoint model
  2. Identify the nine phases of conjoint therapy team development

About the Presenters
Steve Darrow, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, is a private practice psychotherapist who specializes in treating adolescents and adults who struggle with addiction and problems associated with substance use. He also specializes in treating Men who struggle in relationships. Steve also enjoys teaching "Love and Logic" Parenting Classes. He offers therapy on an individual, couple, and family basis. Steve Darrow has been offering his services in Santa Clara County since 1996. He is has been married for 18 years and has two kids approaching adolescence.

Mary Crocker Cook was licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 1988, and has been in practice with Connections Counseling Associates since 1993. She is a licensed and certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, CADCII, LPCC, LAADC, and holds a doctorate in Interfaith Ministry. She developed and currently coordinates the San Jose City College Alcohol and Drug Studies Program, and is an adjunct Instructor with the John F. Kennedy Graduate School of Psychology in Campbell, CA. She is the author of Awakening Hope. A Developmental, Behavioral Biological Approach to Codependency Treatment and Afraid to Let Go. For parents of adult addicts and alcoholics.

PRE-REGISTRATION ENDS MONDAY, April 15. Registration and payments must be received by the Monday before the event to guarantee lunch. Reservations will be held until noon. "Walk-ins" are welcome at a higher rate ($33 members / $40 non-members), however lunch and seating is not guaranteed.. Register online with MasterCard, Visa, American Express, PayPal, or check (payable to SCV-CAMFT). Your check must be received by the Monday prior to the event. Mail checks to SCV-CAMFT, P.O. Box 60814, Palo Alto, CA 94306. Please allow 10 days for delivery. Continuing Education: SCV-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs (CAMFT CE Provider #052466). SCV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Science. This presentation is suitable for all clinical levels. Certificates: To obtain your certificate, you must sign-in and sign-out at the event and complete a program evaluation. These are CAMFT requirements. You will be emailed a link to the evaluation within 2 weeks after the event. Upon completion of the evaluation, you will have access to the certificate. You must add your name and license number to make it official. This link will be active for 2 weeks after the email is sent. Audits: You can audit as a member for $10 and $15 for a non-member. Auditing does NOT include a meal or CEU credit. You can add CEUs when you register for an additional fee. For those auditing, the presentation begins at noon. Cancellations: Refunds will be issued using the same method as payment, if a request for cancellation is received by the Monday before the event. No refunds will be issued if a request for cancellation is received after the Monday before the event. To cancel, please send an email to mail@scv-camft.org or call the chapter voicemail at 408-235-0210. Refunds will be issued within ten (10) business days. Accommodations for Disability: The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of CAMFT is committed to providing a presentation that is accessible to all who wish to attend. If you have a special need and plan to attend, please notify us at mail@scv-camft.org or 408-721-2010. Requests must be made one week in advance. Chapter Board Meetings are generally held prior to the chapter’s monthly luncheons, at the same location, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Members are welcome to attend by notifying a board member. Grievance Policy: Any concern or grievance can be put in writing and sent to mail@scv-camft.org.


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