Workshop: Going Deeper: Using Mindfulness in Couples Therapy, Rob Fisher, LMFT

  • Sat, April 30, 2016
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Room 201, Corte Madera Town Center, 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925


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Saturday, April 30, 2016  1:00 - 4:00 
Going Deeper: Using Mindfulness in Couples Therapy
Rob Fisher, LMFT

Learn how to use mindfulness to help couples uncover, explore and transform the core models of relationship, self and the world that influence and predict their daily patterns of engagement and attachment. Using present moment awareness in finely attuned ways can help gently expose the inner organization, deep wounds and core beliefs that determine the repetitive upsets and conflicts which plague relationships. Integrated into therapy, it can help partners communicate in deeper and more vulnerable way that brings them closer together.

This workshop is geared towards teaching practical interventions that one can immediately use in sessions.Topics will include: 

  • Simple couple’s assessment 
  • How to access unconscious material through the body
  • Working with present time experience, 
  • How to explore defenses by supporting them
  • Working with boundaries
  • Working with gestures, posture and tensions
  • Couples sculptures
  • The use of touch in couples therapy
  • Converting blame into self - observation 
  • Using physical metaphors for interactional sequences.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Learn how to use mindfulness to explore couples systemic and intrapsychic issues
  • Learn how to use present time experience to access implicit beliefs and underlying emotional injuries that govern couples interactions
  • Become familiar with a simple psychodynamic/systemic method of assessment

Rob Fisher, LMFT is the author of Experiential Psychotherapy With Couples, A Guide for the Creative Pragmatist, and a number of chapters and articles published internationally on couples therapy and the psychodynamic use of mindfulness for publications such as the Psychotherapy Networker, The Therapist, The Journal Of Couples Therapy, The USA Body Psychotherapy Journal and others.  An advocate of the use of mindfulness and present experience in psychotherapy, he is an adjunct professor at a number of graduate departments at JFK University and The California Institute of Integral Studies.  As the co-developer of the Mindfulness and Compassion in Psychotherapy Certificate Program at CIIS, he has brought together many of the leaders in the realms of mindfulness and psychotherapy to one of the only programs in the US that teaches the skills of psychotherapy and helps participants develop their internal state as well. 

Mr. Fisher is a speaker at conferences and workshops around the country for organizations such as CAMFT, USABP, The Psychotherapy Networker and The Relationship Council, where he presents as a peer, master or keynote speaker.  Teaching internationally, he is a Hakomi Mindfulness-Based Experiential Psychotherapy Trainer and a director of Hakomi Institute of California.

  • Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016
  • Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Location: Corte Madera Town Center                                     770 Tamalpais Drive, Room 201, Corte Madera, CA 94925 
  Member Non Member
      Clinical/Associate $59 $69
       Prelicensed $29 $39
       PSY/RN $69 $79

Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train licensees to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice.

Refund Policy: Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by Laurie Buntain, the Director at Large for Programs, no later than ten days before the program. There will be a $25.00 administrative fee to cancel registration for any program. The refund will be sent within ten days of the request.

Accommodation for Special Needs: The special needs of persons with disabilities will be accommodated. The Program Committee will endeavor to assure that continuing education program materials, content and venue selections will meet the special needs of the disabled and that reasonable accommodation will be made. A request for accommodation can be made Laurie Buntain, the Director at Large for Programs, who will work with the Committee and event venue to meet the need.

Marin CAMFT encourages those who attend its events to respect the fact that some individuals may have allergies to fragrances and pet dander. We ask that you refrain from introducing these elements into our meeting room. Registered service animals are welcome, of course.

Grievance ProcedureMarin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to Laurie Buntain, the Director at Large for Programs.

Anti-Discrimination PolicyMarin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender, race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.

CE Approvals:

CEUs: This workshop meets the qualifications for 3 CEUs for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs. These will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CEP # 56895), which is approved by CAMFT to sponsor CE for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. Contact Laurie Buntain, Director-at-Large for Programs for more information.


CEUs for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center which is co-sponsoring this program. Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content.SCRC is a California Board of Registered Nursing Provider (BRN Provider CEP11909). California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs and MFTs for programs from approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.   For questions about CE visit or contactDavid Lukoff, PhD at 

Marin County Chapter of CAMFT                  

PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

(415) 459 3484

Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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