- Peter Fraenkel
- 2 Hours 36 Minutes
- Audio and Video
- Mar 24, 2018
Unhappy couples often present in ways that offer little promise their relationship can be saved, leaving the partners feeling helpless and the therapist feeling stumped. But hope can spring anew when we have a toolbox of techniques to help these couples interact in different ways, turning even the most toxic marriage, full of disdainful feelings, into one of positive growth.
Watch Peter Fraenkel use recorded demonstrations that focus on four types of last-chance couples, and show how to engage them in transforming their relationship.
|Manual (0.78 MB)||58 Pages||Available after Purchase|
Four Types of Last Chance Couples
- High conflict couples
- Couples where there has been a value or safety violation
- Domestic violence
- Abuse of substances
- Couples where partners have mismatched personal time lines/life goals
- Explicit Time Problems
- Implicit Time Problems
- Couples with little to know passionate connection
- Burned out and conflict avoidant couples
How to Engage the Partner Who is Ambivalent about Staying in the Marriage
- Inviting and validating the partner’s ambivalent feelings
- Creating Comfort and Safety with the Committed Partner
Techniques that Restore Hope and a Possible Better Future
- Teaching communication and problem-solving skills that restore hope
- Introducing reframes of problem patterns that restore a sense of the positive qualities of the relationship
- Gratitude Writing
Ideas that Encourage Couples to Try New Patterns of Interacting
- Brief introduction to research-supported communication and problem-solving techniques
- Techniques for Restoring Pleasure and Passion
- The Sixty Second Pleasure Point activity
- The Silent Shared New Experience activity
Peter Fraenkel, PhD, is a psychologist, associate professor of psychology at the City College of New York, and former director of the Center for Work and Family at the Ackerman Institute. He received the 2012 American Family Therapy Award for Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy.
Financial: Peter Fraenkel is in private practice. He is director of the Ackerman Institute for the Family’s Center for Work and Family.
Non-financial: Peter Fraenkel has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.