AEDP for Couples Core Training w/David Mars
Transformative Couples Therapy™
David Mars, PhD - Developer of TCT
Founder & Co-Director of the Center for Transformative Therapy
A Core Training series consists of ten monthly four-hour
sessions with a maximum of six participants
Saturdays 10/17/20, 11/14, 12/12, 1/9/21, 2/6,
3/6, 4/3, 5/1, 6/5, 7/10/21
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM PST
with David Mars regarding this Core Training
Every second Core Training session I will be teaching Transformative Couples Therapy™ (TCT) for about an hour from a brief edited and subtitled video. The rest of our time will be dedicated to group members sharing clinical video to receive constructive support, suggestions and witnessing. Each person will receive 40 to 45 minutes of focused time with the goal that all six participants will each share work every two four-hour sessions. In other words each session we will have time for an opening Channels meditation, a check in and time for between two and four participants to share work each time we meet. We will be using Process Language and Channels of Experience throughout to maintain safety and model in-session the skills in the way we speak to each other and about the couple members.
Transformative Couples Therapy™ (TCT) is a powerful, somatically-oriented and affective neuroscience and attachment-based method. This course will present the theory and practice of TCT through lively teaching from David Mars that incorporates inspiring videotaped demonstrations of the work. This Core Training provides 50 minutes of supervision and consultation for each group member’s videotaped session work each weekend to help participants learn to better somatically track and affectively regulate two people at a time in couple treatment.
The skill sets necessary to practice Transformative Couples Therapy™ will be practiced throughout each day of the Core Training. Participants will cultivate their capacity to access the Seven Channels of Experience and will communicate with each other via methods that build deep relational safety and with clear supportive guidance within the Core Training group. These same methods effectively create safety and build a secure base with couple members in couple treatment as well as in individual,family and group therapy.
At the end of this program, participants will be able to:
Identify three ways to help establish a secure base starting in the first session of treatment
Describe two ways to regulate emotional reactivity in each couple member when either is triggered
Name the Seven Channels of Experience (Sensation, Emotion, Energetic, Movement, Auditory, Visual and Imaginal)
Detect, reflect and amplify the healthiest aspects of each couple member
Define and be able to regulate at least three early signs of dorsal vagal response (Porges’ Polyvagal Theory)
Utilize methods to assist couple members to process emotional experience to completion within each couple’s dynamics
Apply healing portrayals to treat trauma in couple sessions
Utilize new relational responses in couple treatment that affirm the felt-valuing of the self, partner and the relationship
Explain how to help couple members melt defenses of intellectualisation and hyper-emotionality to regulate affect and encourage state shifts that create new therapeutic experiences
Find points of agreement in values and shared longings in couple members that catalyze transformance and affirm safety
Demonstrate to couple members how to process previously warded-off emotional experiences
Conduct meta-therapeutic processing when couples experience reparative experiences within themselves or with the other partner
Deepen the core affect of surprise during new experiences that lead to one couples member freshly falling in love with the other
Form bridges between couple members that link meaning in pioneering a new chosen life together
Evoke transformance strivings during sessions as relational invitations for breakthroughs and relational repairs as a new-normal way of living every day
MEET THE COURSE SUPERVISOR
David Mars, M.F.T., Ph.D.
Developer of Transformative Couples Therapy™
Director of the Center for Transformative Therapy
David Mars, Ph.D. is the developer of TCT. He has specialized in the somatically focused treatment of couples and groups for four decades, as an innovator in developing process-oriented, somatically, and empathically focused couple treatment.
David served as a Senior Faculty member of the AEDP Institute from 2008 until October 2019. He taught at AEDP Immersion Courses, Essential Skills Programs and Hybrid AEDPfC courses for eleven years.
David presents training programs and workshops nationally and internationally that focus on the Transformative Couples Therapy™ model he developed. He is the lead supervisor of TCT Core Trainings. David is on the adjunct faculty of the California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco.
David’s style as a presenter is described as inspiring, warm and deeply personable. He quickly evokes trust from his audiences, which ushers in a deep level of transparent exchange of ideas and points of view about how therapists can more effectively treat the historical trauma and deprivation that underlies marital dysfunction. Perhaps most importantly, participants are moved to apply what they learn in these training programs, due to the depth of experience they take in while witnessing videos, live demonstrations and engaging in experiential practices.