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1159d – Webinar – Marital Conflict – The Hidden Hurt of Foster Care and Adoption




(December 2016)  This webinar pulls back the curtain on how the stress of raising troubled children seeps into marriages (and intimate partnerships).  Stress predictably stretches even well-matched couples away from each other causing misunderstandings and arguments, sometimes even feelings of abandonment and anger.

So how do couples get back to good?  In this webinar you’ll discover your (and your partner’s) parenting style, playfully illustrated as one of four dog breeds. Then we explore how couples can stay out of the dog house when feeling the stress of parenting.

  • The four parenting styles: the Golden Retriever, Border Collie, German Shepherd, and Afghan
  • The Coupling Types (yes, opposites do attract!)
  • How stress polarizes (stretches) couples away from each other
  • 3 pragmatic ways to move toward each other

o  Awareness as first order of change

o  Decreasing expressed frustration

o  Increasing attuned compassion

Paul Buckley, LMFT has been in private practice since 1999, helping at-risk children and the thoughtful adults who care for them. He incorporates concepts of attachment and narrative theory into an emotionally warm and playful manner to help clients deepen relationships and solve problems. Areas of expertise overlap between family therapy (traditional, GLBT, adoptive, and foster families), individual/marital therapy, and situations that involve substance abuse. As a regional trainer and national speaker on topics of anger in the family and marital preservation, he conveys pragmatic information with an entertaining style.

(1 hour, 24 minutes)





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