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WSP 257 — Enhanced Dialogue for Couples: Current Research and Practical Tools

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Jan 30—Feb 6
Time: 9:30 am—2:30 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Jan 23
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $415
Instructor(s): Kathryn Ford
Limit: 24
Status: Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: This course includes a 30-minute lunch break. In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Winter
Live Online(About Formats)
Saturdays
9:30 am—2:30 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Jan 30—Feb 6
2 days
Drop By
Jan 23
0 Unit
Fees
$415
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Instructor(s):
Kathryn Ford
Limit
24
Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: This course includes a 30-minute lunch break. In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
The quality of a couple’s relationship is often the most important determinant of their sense of well-being and satisfaction in life. It can also be the source of challenge and frustration. We are neurologically designed for openness to each other. Unfortunately, we’re also neurologically designed to be defensive. So how do we make our committed relationships a source of pleasure, support, and growth? By becoming more aware and developing tools for increasing perception and comfort, we can change the quality of our conversations—and thereby the quality of our relationships. The instructor will present exercises and understandings developed in twenty years of working with couples in Silicon Valley and the Stanford community. The course will include the latest research in the fields of couples dynamics and interpersonal neurology to help us understand the basis for our responses to each other and the optimal conditions for receptivity, expressiveness, and learning. Participants will learn simple, powerful techniques for staying open in conversations, and there will be class time for couples to practice techniques privately. Couples will not be required to share personal details in the group; rather, group discussion will feature reflections on the ideas presented and on life as a couple. Participants will leave the workshop with enhanced skills for the openness that creates loving relationships.

Each couple will have a 45-minute Zoom meeting with the instructor, to be scheduled the week between class sessions. Note: This course is designed for couples, and each individual must complete a separate course registration.

Kathryn Ford, Couples Therapist

Kathryn Ford works with couples using a developmental approach that emphasizes learning, trust, and connection. She has developed the Aperture Awareness model and is currently working on a book for couples. She offers workshops and teaches and consults with therapists and trainees in a variety of clinical and academic settings. She received an MD from Brown and completed a residency in psychiatry at Stanford.
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