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Andrew Christensen

Andrew Christensen, PhD


Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy:
Acceptance & Change

Saturday March 3, 2018
9:00 - 5:00       $160/$137 until 2/9      7 CE hours


UCI is delighted that Dr. Christensen, a founder of the IBCT model, will be offering us a special workshop on Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy. IBCT is an empirically validated approach that has successfully expanded traditional behavioral couples therapy, retaining its systematic clarity yet adding the integrative concepts of 1) focusing on the emotional underpinnings of a couple’s problems, and 2) promoting emotional acceptance as a vital part of change. Using a variety of strategies that are fundamentally different in many ways from traditional behavioral couples therapy, IBCT’s key features include:

  1. A thorough case formulation called a DEEP analysis (differences, emotional sensitivities, external stressors, & patterns of communication)
  2. A detailed feedback session to set a blueprint for therapy
  3. Emotional acceptance as a basis for concrete change
  4. Emphasis on evocative rather than prescriptive interventions.

The efficacy of IBCT has been supported in major clinical trials and is currently being used system-wide by the Veterans Administration. The reach of IBCT has also been extended through an online program, OurRelationship.com, to offer relationship services to those couples who don’t need in-person therapy or who cannot afford it. Currently there is a nationwide, federally funded clinical trial to assess the program’s impact on low-income couples.

Dr. Christensen is a stimulating presenter and will show extensive videotapes of couples in therapy to demonstrate his approach as well experiential exercises to concretize the method. Join us to expand your knowledge and skills in this effective couples therapy model.

This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Define the differences & similarities among evidence-based couples therapies (IBCT, EFT, CBT, and BCT)
  • Implement a DEEP analysis of relationship problems with your couples
  • Use the assessment methods and feedback strategies in IBCT
  • Implement the affective, cognitive, and behavioral treatment strategies of IBCT that foster both emotional acceptance & change

Andrew Christensen is a distinguished professor in the Department of Psychology at UCLA. His studies of couples have resulted in more than 150 professional articles. For therapists, he co-wrote Acceptance and Change in Couple Therapy: A Therapist’s Guide for Transforming Relationships with Neil S. Jacobson. He also wrote a book for couples Reconcilable Differences. Dr. Christensen’s therapy approach and research have been praised by the APA, adopted by the Veterans Administration, and are frequently cited in the Washington Post, New York Times, Newsweek, Time, and US News & World Report.