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WSP 398 — The Art of Opening in the Moment: Couples Connection Simplified

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Oct 2—Oct 9
Time: 9:30—11:30 am (PT)
Refund Deadline: Sep 25
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $230
Instructor(s): Kathryn Ford
Limit: 100
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
9:30—11:30 am (PT)
Oct 2—Oct 9
2 days
Refund Date
Sep 25
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Kathryn Ford
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Successfully navigating the grand adventure of being a couple depends on your openness to each other in each unfolding moment. This openness is known as your emotional aperture. Your ability to sense that openness—aperture awareness—is your superpower for loving relationships. This course will teach you simple, powerful techniques for keeping the emotional aperture open in order to minimize the potential injuries of vulnerability and maximize being known, loved, and supported. Our lectures will discuss 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. In breakouts during class, and in brief homework between the two sessions, students will practice techniques for developing aperture awareness.

Each moment in the life of a couple is a complex weave of your histories—with each other and with other people—your personalities, dreams and desires, what you had for breakfast, and how you slept last night. Solving the riddle of human relationships can be a satisfying, frustrating, joyful, painful, fun, and fascinating adventure. In this course, you will learn to use aperture awareness to find each other—even in storms and even in the dark.

Participants are encouraged, but not required, to attend as a couple. If participants choose to attend as a couple, each person must enroll separately.

Couples Therapist

Kathryn Ford works with couples using a developmental approach that emphasizes learning, trust, and connection. She developed the Aperture Awareness model and is currently working on 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.