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

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Jul 17—Jul 24
Time: 9:30 am—2:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jul 10
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $415
Instructor(s): Kathryn Ford
Limit: 28
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Class sessions; Saturdays, July 17 and July 24, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm (PT); 30-minute Zoom meeting with instructor: To be scheduled with each couple the week between class sessions
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Summer
Live Online(About Formats)
Saturdays
9:30 am—2:30 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Jul 17—Jul 24
2 days
Refund Date
Jul 10
0 Unit
Fees
$415
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Instructor(s):
Kathryn Ford
Limit
28
Recording
Yes
Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Class sessions; Saturdays, July 17 and July 24, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm (PT); 30-minute Zoom meeting with instructor: To be scheduled with each couple the week between class sessions
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
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. We are 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 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. Students 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. Students will leave the course with enhanced skills for the openness that creates loving relationships.

This course is designed for couples, and each individual must complete a separate course registration.

KATHRYN FORD
Couples Therapist

Kathryn Ford has worked with couples for twenty years. She uses a developmental approach that emphasizes learning, trust, and connection. She has developed the Aperture Awareness model and is completing a book for couples. She received an MD from Brown and completed a residency in psychiatry at Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.