Year 2 | Session 1: Body-Oriented Couples
4 Days | 28 hours of Instruction
IBP couples therapy provides the means to an interior awakening of love and self-volition.
Students are taught how to resolve the projections, upsets, longings, and anger, that interrupt love, sexual desire and collaboration, so that hope becomes fulfilled. Mental health tools are used to resolve battlegrounds, enhance intimacy, presence and aliveness in relationship. Basic IBP concepts and treatment are applied to couples work, specifically, 1) to reframe projections of blame into what each person brings to the, relationship and 2) to understand and treat it as an energetic/Object Relations issue. With supervision, students practice specific techniques with couples, such as: taking a scenario, assessing the bond, stabilizing the relationship, developing a treatment contract, the Boundary Exercises.
Students are taught advanced IBP body-mind couples psychotherapy that includes the following: (1) Resolving common battlegrounds for couples including stages of life and relationship; (2) how the IBP therapist keeps their own center, and avoids being unconsciously drawn into the couple’s presenting problem and Primary Scenarios, and (3) communication skills for somatic authenticity and truth involving components of intimacy, trust, and resolving emotional betrayals.
Using IBP tools, students learn how to unearth the underlying themes (e.g., Primary Scenario material) of each partner that are brought to the surface and processed (e.g., tracking underlying core issues, tools for avoiding fragmenting a partner or the relationship, Character Style themes and resolutions, Emotional Agency themes and resolution toward intimacy, sexual counseling, working transference and dual transference, and tracking gender prejudice).
They also learn how to help couples get past set ideas and defensive patterns and instead, build limbic/energetic bonds of mutuality between partners. The implementation of advanced IBP couples work includes personal and relational developmental tasks, and themes that become intensified in older age.