About the Event:
Most therapists are trained to be “neutral” and “balanced” when working with couples. And for those who work with couple’s, this neutrality often becomes a barrier to being truly helpful to our clients. Therapists often feel constrained by the belief that their feedback needs to be “balanced”, and clients often feel frustrated by their lack of progress in changing the dynamics of their relationship. This workshop will make the case for abandoning neutrality, and for embracing giving clients feedback that is direct, therapeutically appropriate, and that helps to move the couple forward in changing the dynamics in their relationship that are causing harm to it. We will explore the “art” of saying what needs to be said in a way that feels supportive of the individual receiving the direct feedback, and supportive of the couple.
Cost for Attendees:
3 CEU's for Illinois Social Workers and Professional Counselors
About the Facilitator:
Noelle McWard is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing for more than 25 years. She works extensively with individuals and couples, with a particular interest in the treatment of anxiety and couple's therapy. Noelle is the founder of Counseling Solutions, a group psychotherapy practice in Chicago, IL dedicated to providing quality therapy services to individuals and couples. In addition to her work as a therapist, Noelle provides expert mental health testimony to immigration lawyers seeking legal status for their undocumented immigrant clients. She has taught numerous continuing education seminars which routinely receive high marks for both their content and presentation style. Noelle has served as an adjunct instructor at Loyola University in the Graduate School of Social Work.