Year 3 | Session 2: Advanced Body Oriented Couples II
Following a review of Couples I, students are taught advanced IBP body-mind couples psychotherapy that includes the following:
(1) to resole 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 included personal and relational developmental tasks, which include themes that become intensified in older age.