Relationship Rebalancing: A New Framework for Relational Repair and its Application to Ecotherapy

This presentation will introduce a novel approach Lauren Kahn, LMFT has developed for relational repair.  Influenced by evidence based models including The Gottman Method, Emotionally Focused Therapy and Mindfulness, Relationship Rebalancing provides a framework for guiding clients through difficult conversations and interactions and helps lead them to feeling more connected and compassionate rather than falling into defeat and despair. In this live, zoom presentation, Lauren will introduce her original framework for relational repair and demonstrate how it can be applied to relationships in distress. Through the use of videos, case presentations and breakout rooms, you will learn the model and have an opportunity to discuss with others how you can apply it quickly and easily to cases you are currently working with. In the second hour, Lauren will talk about the Ecotherapy practice she has developed and how it has grown during the Covid pandemic. She will share how Relationship Rebalancing can be used as a structure to help guide outdoor therapy sessions and you will complete the webinar feeling inspired and confident that you too can get outside to harness the physical and mental health benefits of connecting with nature for both yourself and your clients. This session will be recorded for later viewing through AAMFT's Teneo platform.

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Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to identify the four types of interactions in the cycle of despair and the primary automatic reactions that dominate each type.
  2. Participants will be able to identify the four types of conversations that lead to repair and one main tool for each type of interaction.
  3. Participants will learn how to understand the four mindful “sweet spots” or “balancing points” for moving from despair to repair.
  4. Participants will learn how to apply Relationship Rebalancing to Ecotherapy.
  5. Participants will gain an overview of the growing field of Ecotherapy.

Lauren Kahn, MSW, LMFT

Speaker Bio

Lauren Kahn, MSW, LMFT is an AAMFT Clinical Fellow,  Approved Supervisor, and Certified Ecotherapist.  She maintains a private practice in Philadelphia, is an experienced group facilitator,  and presented at the 2020 AAMFT Institutes and National Conference on her original model, Relationship Rebalancing.  She is a founding member of Mt Airy Psychotherapy and Wellness a community collective, a graduate of Boston University School and Social work and completed MFT post-graduate training at The Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center.  She has provided clinical supervision for Drexel University MFT students, has led adventure travel programs around the world and is currently spearheading a new organization to help further the field of Ecopsychology in Philadelphia.