Title: Couples Therapy: Motivating Partners Toward Positive Change
Date/Time: June 8th, 2012, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presenter: Todd Creager, LMFT, LCSW
Description: Partners in long-term relationships want nothing more than to have a loving, passionate relationship. However, past hurts, early childhood patterns and a lack of role models can lead partners to unintentionally create obstacles to having the very kind of relationship they crave. Their self-protective behaviors often seem to sabotage any chance therapists have of leading these challenging couples to meaningful improvement in their relationships.
This presentation provides you with ideas, tools, approaches and techniques to help these couples address the areas in which they are resistant to change. You will learn: ways to motivate couples to change; how to re-frame couples’ problems so that they become less prone to blame; techniques for helping clients expand their limited expectations of their partner and of themselves; and how to teach couples practical and effective ideas to promote romance and healthy, vibrant sexuality, among many other concepts.
Bio: Todd Creager is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed clinical social worker who specializes in couples with a sub-specialty in sexual issues. He is the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Long, Hot Marriage, which has been endorsed by experts including Harville Hendrix and John Gray. He has conducted numerous trainings for physicians and mental health practitioners on the topics of hypoactive sexual desire and re-kindling passion in couples.
Creager has appeared on a variety of radio and television shows, most recently as a guest relationship expert on the Fox morning news show in San Diego, as well as Playboy Radio. He is an adjunct lecturer at his alma mater, the USC School of Social Work, where he teaches the graduate-level Human Development and Mental Health, among other courses.