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Are You Still in This With Me? Holding Onto Your Couples Relationship When the Parenting Road Is Tough (March 4, 2020)

Krista Nelson, LICSW, LMFT
WHEN Wednesday, Mar 4th 2020 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM (CST)
COST $20.00 per person
$35.00 per parenting couple
LOCATION Dakota County Social Services Room L139, 14955 Galaxie Avenue, Apple Valley MN 55124

Audience: Parents & Professionals
Level: (Intermediate)
Ages addressed: Parents

Parenting children is challenging at any stage when adults in a couple relationship differ in child expectations and responses. Add being adoptive parents of children with early trauma or attachment losses, and the likelihood of relational strain triples.  This interactive workshop is for parent couples seeking to actively safeguard their intimacy and partnership in the face of such stress.

Come prepared to:
a. Recognize typical cycles of Divide and Conquer, Push Pull, or Us against Them that children with prior relational wounds can evoke and how these get replicated between couples.
b. Apply the tools of Emotion Focused Couples Therapy to tend to your connection in the face of these dynamics and differing ideas about how to best cope.
c. Claim relationship enhancement practices to nourish between you, because having another who can “have your back” through the good and hard days can be as vital as food itself.

Krista Nelson, LICSW, LMFT has thirty years of post-masters experience working with children and parents who are coping with attachment loss, trauma and family changes, especially with youth who entered a family through adoption.  She is co-founder of Family Circle Counseling in St. Paul, MN and led the Wilder Foundation’s Attachment and Trauma Training program from 2001 to 2017.  She co-created and continues to facilitate, along with Deena McMahon, the popular workshop Surviving and Thriving Beyond the RAD Diagnosis. She also is an EFT couples therapist who often works with adoptive parents with their own trauma histories now raising children with trauma.