WORKSHOPS

The Relationship Training Institute offers a variety of workshops and training programs in the areas of relationship development and the prevention and treatment of relationship violence. Our current workshops are listed below — click the appropriate links to view detailed information on each workshop, and to register online or to register by mail.

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WORKSHOPS  SCHEDULE   &   REGISTRATION

“STAYING AHEAD OF THE CURVE: 2014 Updates For Innovative Relationship Treatment”

October 17-18, 2014 (Friday/Saturday)

• Day 1: “When Love Hurts” – Sue Johnson, Ph.D.
• Day 2: “Healing the Angry Brain” – Ronald Potter-Efron, LICSW, CADCIII, Ph.D.

Co-sponsored by Training and Research Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy (TRI EFT)

In conjunction with San Diego Psychological Association (SDPA), San Diego North County–CAMFT (SDNC–CAMFT) and San Diego–CAMFT (SD–CAMFT)  —  Special discounts for SDPA, SDNC–CAMFT and SD–CAMFT members

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STAYING AHEAD OF THE CURVE: 2014 Updates For Innovative Relationship Treatment

DESCRIPTION

Meets Full Requirements For Advanced Training For Domestic Violence Treatment Providers!

FRIDAY — OCTOBER 17, 2014, 8:30am–4:30pm
“When Love Hurts: Emotional and Physical Injuries and How to Heal Them In Couples’ Therapy”

This workshop will map the terrain of relationship distress and injuries that destroy trust and connection—and how attachment issues are the key to understanding both the incredible richness and the breakdown of intimate relationships. Learn about the healing of these injuries using the revolutionary interventions used in EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy), a powerful and proven approach to reducing distress and creating secure emotional bonds. The creation of emotional safety, the process of de-escalation and the restructuring of a couples bond, and the healing of specific emotional injuries will all be addressed.

In this workshop, you will learn how to…

  • Outline the process of disconnection and injury that destroys intimate bonds
  • Describe the necessary and sufficient conditions for relationship repair and secure bonding
  • Execute interventions that promote effective affect regulation and positive bonding
Sue Johnson, Ph.D.

Faculty: Sue Johnson, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, author, popular presenter and speaker—and one of the leading innovators in the field of couple therapy. She is one of the originators and the main proponent of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT),  and author of many books and articles, including Hold Me Tight and her newest book, Love Sense.


SATURDAY — OCTOBER 18, 2014, 8:30am–4:30pm
“Healing the Angry Brain: Helping Chronically Angry, Aggressive and Domestically Violent Individuals Change their Brains and Behaviors”

What does it mean to say that someone has an “angry brain?” What are the differences between predatory aggression, defensive rage, and irritable anger? How much is domestic violence an anger problem? What is the relationship between anger and anxiety? Is it correct to say “fight or flight” or should we say “fight, flight or freeze?” Perhaps most importantly, how can people with “angry brains” be helped to alter that behavior both at the conscious and unconscious levels?

In this workshop, you will learn how to…

  • Identify eleven things you should know about the angry brain
  • Understand the emotional brain: the limbic system and the intrinsic value of emotions
  • Understand the social brain: polyvagal theory and attachment theory; adult attachment and domestic violence
  • Understand the angry brain: main brain pathways for defensive aggression and predatory aggression
  • Change the angry brain: relevant principles of neuroplasticity
Ronald Potter-Efron, LICSW, CADCIII, Ph.D.

Faculty: Ronald Potter-Efron, LICSW, CADCIII, Ph.D. is the Director of the First Things First Anger Management and Domestic Violence Prevention Programs. He is the author of fifteen books on anger and related issues including Healing the Angry Brain, Angry All the Time, Letting Go of Anger, and Letting Go of Shame (the latter two with Pat Potter-Efron) Dr. Potter-Efron has facilitated hundreds of professional seminars and is a Diplomate and Trainer for the National Anger Management Institute.

DATES & TIMES

October 17-18, 2014 (Friday/Saturday)
Workshops: 8:30am–4:30pm both days

Maintain Your DV Provider Certification By Attending Both Days

LOCATION

University of San Diego, Douglas F. Manchester Execcutive Conference Center
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA
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FEES

$150-$195 (single days) or $270-$340 (both days)
Special discounts for early registration, SDPA/SDNC-CAMFT/SD-CAMFT members, Allied Agency staff, San Diego DV Agency staff, Full-time Students

CE HOURS

Earn 14.0 Professional CE Hours (7.0 hours for each single day) for licensed psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, NBCC, NAADAC.

SPONSOR, CONTACT & LINKS

Relationship Training Institute (RTI) and
Training and Research Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy (TRI EFT)  TRIEFT.org

In conjunction with San Diego Psychological Association (SDPA), San Diego North County–CAMFT (SDNC–CAMFT) and San Diego–CAMFT (SD–CAMFT)

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BOOKS BY SUE JOHNSON and by RONALD POTTER-EFRON

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THE STOP PROGRAM: For Women Who Abuse

October 28/29, 2016 (Friday/Saturday)

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THE STOP PROGRAM: For Women Who Abuse

DESCRIPTION

Includes a complimentary copy of Dr. Wexler’s new treatment manual:
The STOP Program: For Women Who Abuse (Norton, 2016)

PROGRAM: After thirty years of pilot group testing, integrating rapidly emerging new research trends, and borrowing from the tremendous success of The STOP Program for Men, The STOP Program: For Women Who Abuse integrates the most contemporary and innovative interventions for treating female domestic violence offenders.

Presented in a psychoeducational format, the training exercises, articles, video clips, handouts and homework invite women to examine the complex roles of trauma, emotional dysregulation, self-esteem deficits, and personal victimization in their relationship problems. And the program gives them new tools to manage these unique issues.

This two-day workshop will present the latest findings on female domestic violence and the latest innovations in models to treat it.

WHAT WE NOW KNOW ABOUT FEMALE INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE: SPECIAL ISSUES

  • Does Female-to-Male Intimate Partner Violence Really Exist?
  • What Is Different About Women’s Abuse of Male Intimate Partners?
  • Motivations: Why Do Women Do It?
  • Origins of Female IPV
  • Typologies of Female IPV Offenders
  • How are Women Affected Differently From Men?
  • Victimization & Accountability: When Women Feel Entitled

CONTENT ISSUES

  • TRAUMA ISSUES (because such a high percentage of female offenders have experienced trauma and are suffering from some form of PTSD)
  • EMOTIONAL SELF-REGULATION AND BEHAVIORAL OPTIONS IN A CRISIS (because so many female IPV offenders are in very stormy and volatile relationships)
  • MINIMIZE OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN ACTIONS (because many female IPV offenders felt emotionally justified or previously victimized)
  • SELF-ESTEEM AND EMPOWERMENT ISSUES (and how to be an empowered female without resorting to aggression or emotional abuse)
  • ROLES AND EXPECTATIONS IN RELATIONSHIPS (and how to establish self-protective and respectful boundaries)

CLINICAL ISSUES

  • Group Process & Group Structure
  • Assertiveness and Finding Her Voice
  • Anger & Responsibility
  • Victimization & Accountability: When Women Feel Entitled
  • Emotional Self-Regulation

SPECIAL GUEST FACULTY PRESENTATIONS:

Lesbian Intimate Partner Violence—Group Strategies & Clinical Skills
Ellen G. Stein, Ph.D.

Female Intimate Partner Violence & Substance Abuse: What’s The Connection?
Stacy T. Watnick, Ph.D.

FACULTY

David B. Wexler, Ph.D.

David B. Wexler, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Relationship Training Institute, which has provided group treatment services for more than 40,000 domestic violence offenders in military and civilian programs throughout the world. He is the author of the groundbreaking new treatment manual, The STOP Program: For Women Who Abuse (Norton, 2016). Dr. Wexler has received the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology award from the California Psychological Association and Practitioner of the Year award from Division 51 of the American Psychological Association. He is the author of six books and numerous articles and book chapters on relationships in conflict.

DATES & TIMES

October 28/29, 2016 (Friday/Saturday)  —  Workshop:  8:30am–4:30pm   Registration: 8:00am

LOCATION

National University-Spectrum Campus, 9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego CA 92123

FEES

$295–$360 — Discounts for early registration, Allied Agencies, SD DV, Full-time Students

CE HOURS

Earn 14.0 Professional CE Hours. Meets requirements for 14.0 hours advanced domestic violence provider education (approval pending by San Diego County Probation).

SPONSOR, CONTACT & LINKS

Relationship Training Institute
Contact: or 619-296-8103 ext.10

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BOOKS BY DAVID B. WEXLER Ph.D.

STOP Domestic Violence Program (3rd Edition)
When Good Men Behave Badly
Men in Therapy
Is He Depressed or What?

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“STOPPING THE NOISE: How To Change The Anxious Mind—Rapidly”

November 18, 2016 (Friday)

In conjunction with the San Diego Psychological Association, San Diego-CAMFT, and the San Diego Phobia Foundation  —  Special discounts apply

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STOPPING THE NOISE: How To Change The Anxious Mind

DESCRIPTION

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Thousands of clinicians have utilized Reid Wilson’s classic book, Don’t Panic, as the bible for treatment models of anxiety/panic/OCD for decades. Now hear the latest innovative strategies from Dr. Wilson!

Therapists are supposed to make clients safe and secure, creating a cozy haven from a cruel world, right? Well, when it comes to treating anxiety and OCD, growing evidence shows that the quickest, most effective approach involves instructing them to ramp up their fears while telling themselves how much they welcome the experience.

Join internationally-recognized expert and author Reid Wilson, Ph.D. to study what cutting edge research is showing us about the possibility of rapid change. Dr. Wilson will outline the treatment strategy, step-by-step, and illustrate each stage with brief, professionally-videotaped segments of therapist-client interaction within the first two sessions of treatment.

You will learn...

  • How to rapidly engage anxious clients in the therapeutic alliance and change their mindset toward their fears
  • How to persuade clients to adopt a self-help protocol to voluntarily, purposely and aggressively seek out uncertainty moment-by-moment
  • The four paradoxical strategies
    • Detachment and the stepping back process
    • Voluntarily choosing the experience: “I want this”
    • Stepping toward the threat
    • How to be cunning

FACULTY

Reid Wilson, Ph.D.

Reid Wilson, Ph.D. is an internationally-recognized expert in on anxiety and panic disorders, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UNC School of Medicine. He is author of the just-released Stopping the Noise in Your Head: The New Way to Overcome Anxiety and Worry and the classic self-help book Don't Panic. He is co-author, with Edna Foa, of Stop Obsessing! and co-author, with Lynn Lyons, of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents. He is a Founding Clinical Fellow of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) and Fellow of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). In 2014 he was honored by ADAA with the highest national award given in his field. He is known for presenting well-researched practical interventions in an entertaining and engaging style.

DATES & TIMES

November 18, 2016 (Friday)  —  Workshop: 8:30am–4:15pm;   Registration: 8:00am

LOCATION

Marina Village Conference Center, 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego CA 92109

FEES

$150-$195 — Discounts available for early registration, Allied Agencies, Full-time Students, San Diego Psychological Association, San Diego-CAMFT, San Diego Phobia Foundation

CE HOURS

Earn 6.5 Professional CE Hours. Meets Requirements for Licensed Psychologists/MFTs/ LCSWs/NBCC/NAADAC.

SPONSOR, CONTACT & LINKS

Relationship Training Institute
Contact: or 619-296-8103 ext.10

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“You Said What?”: Becoming a Better Supervisor 2017

March 24, 2017 (Friday)

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“You Said What?”: Becoming a Better Supervisor 2017

DESCRIPTION

MEETS REQUIREMENTS FOR SUPERVISOR TRAINING FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS, CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKERS*, AND MFTs!  (*LCSWs may need additional training to meet full requirements)

Competency-based clinical supervision has become an essential component that requires a transformation of practice. In this workshop, participants will learn contemporary models to assess the competence of the supervisee—AND the supervisor. Based on models from extensive research in this field, participants will learn to construct the supervision contract, give feedback anchored to supervisee performance, implement evaluation and outcome assessment, infuse diversity in all aspects of practice, promote self-care, and model a proactive approach to ethical and legal issues including digital age dilemmas. The integration of these complex and essential issues will be taught through lecture, discussion, experiential exercises, skill-building exercises and video demonstrations. Topics include:

  • Dynamic and effective supervision practices that are evidence-based
  • “Real world” challenges faced by novice expert supervisors in conducting competency-based clinical supervision
  • The three essential aspects of supervisor competence
  • Identifying and repairing strains and ruptures to the supervisory alliance
  • Ethical dilemmas in supervision in the digital era and steps to problem-solve
  • Addressing Problematic Supervisee Behavior

FACULTY

Carol Falender, Ph.D.

Carol Falender, Ph.D. is co-author of four books on clinical supervision including Clinical Supervision: A Competency-based Approach (2004), Getting the Most Out of Clinical Training and Supervision: A Guide for Practicum Students and Interns (2012) and the newly released, Multiculturalism and Diversity in Clinical Supervision: A Competency-based Approach (2014). Dr. Falender is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University and Clinical Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychology.

DATES & TIMES

March 24, 2017 (Friday)  —  Workshop: 8:30am–3:30pm;   Registration: 8:00am

LOCATION

National University-Spectrum Campus, 9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego CA 92123

FEES

$145-$175 — Discounts available for early registration, Allied Agencies

CE HOURS

Earn 6.0 Professional CE Hours for psychologists, LCSWs*, and MFTs.
* LCSWs may need additional training to meet full requirements.

SPONSOR, CONTACT & LINKS

Relationship Training Institute
Contact: or 619-296-8103 ext.10

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BOOKS BY CAROL FALENDER, Ph.D.

Clinical Supervision
Casebook for Clinical Supervision
Getting The Most Out of Clinical Training and Supervision
Multiculturism and Diversity in Clinical Supervision

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Superhero Therapy: Using pop culture to improve therapeutic alliance and enhance evidence-based treatment

October 13, 2017 (Friday)

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Superhero Therapy: Using pop culture to improve therapeutic alliance and enhance evidence-based treatment

DESCRIPTION

Popular culture, including superheroes and characters from fantasy and science fiction, has become an important part of American life. Superhero Therapy incorporates pop culture examples as metaphors for teens and young adult clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, addiction disorders, (as well as clients on the autism spectrum) into evidence-based treatments—including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).

Superhero Therapy involves more than just enhancing therapeutic alliance with clients who connect with pop culture elements. It involves actively integrating pop culture with behavioral modification skills, such as behavioral exposures, mindfulness, and committed action to increase client buy-in and enhance treatment outcomes. Join international speaker/trainer Dr. Janina Scarlet in exploring Superhero Therapy and learn how to better help your clients in promoting positive changes. After all, even Superheroes need help sometimes. 

In this workshop you will learn:

  • What is Superhero Therapy?
  • How to help the client identify their origin story
  • How to incorporate pop culture into evidence-based treatment, such as CBT, DBT, and ACT
  • How to use Superhero Therapy to promote behavioral changes 

FACULTY

Janina Scarlet, Ph.D.

Janina Scarlet, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, a scientist, and a full-time geek. A Ukrainian-born refugee, she survived Chernobyl radiation and persecution. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 12 with her family and later, inspired by the “X-Men,” developed Superhero Therapy to help patients with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Dr. Scarlet has been using this approach with active duty service members, veterans, and civilians. She has contributed to pop culture psychology books, such as The Walking Dead Psychology, Star Wars Psychology, Star Trek Psychology, Game of Thrones Psychology, Doctor Who Psychology, Wonder Woman Psychology, Supernatural Psychology, and Captain America vs. Iron Man Psychology, and she has presented at conferences to enthusiastic audiences throughout the world. Her new book, Superhero Therapy, was just released by New Harbinger in 2017.

DATES & TIMES

October 13, 2017 (Friday)  —  Workshop: 8:30am–4:00pm;   Registration: 8:00am

LOCATION

National University-Spectrum Campus, 9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego CA 92123

FEES

$145-$175 —Discounts available for early registration, Allied Agencies, Full-time Students

CE HOURS

Earn 6.5 Professional CE Hours.

SPONSOR, CONTACT & LINKS

Relationship Training Institute
Contact: or 619-296-8103 ext.10

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Law and Ethics 2017: Dilemmas in Clinical Work with Adolescents and Children: A Practical Workshop on Ethical, Legal, and Clinical Factors

October 20, 2017 (Friday)

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Law and Ethics 2017: Dilemmas in Clinical Work with Adolescents and Children

DESCRIPTION

The Most Informative And Entertaining Ethics Training Anywhere In California!

PROGRAM:

Consent

  • What Does “Minor Consent” Really Mean?
  • Initial Agreements: Verbal and Written

Confidentiality

  • Privilege-holders and Privacy: Where to Draw the Line

Multi-Lateral Collaboration

  • Who Needs to Know What?

Mandated Abuse Reporting for Adolescents and Children

  • Practices and Procedures

Special Issues in Record-Keeping for Adolescents and Children

Ethical and Legal Issues Specific To Typical Presenting Problems

  • Acting Out Behaviors
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Family Conflict
  • Substance Abuse

Special Considerations Regarding Divorced Families

Social Media and Cyberspace: Ethical an Legal Issues

  • Texting
  • Face book
  • Cybersex

Clinician-Specific Factors

  • Trait-Related Challenges/Countertransference

FACULTY

Ellen Stein, Ph.D.

Ellen Stein, Ph.D., is a forensic and clinical psychologist in practice in San Diego, CA. Dr. Stein is a former Adjunct Professor of Law and Ethics with Alliant International University as well as the University of San Diego, National University and United States International University. She specializes in forensic consultation, assessment and expert witness testimony in civil, criminal and military courts martial matters. Previously serving as the Vice Chair of the California Psychological Association's Ethics Committee for three years, Dr. Stein provided consultation on law, ethics and clinical issues in the practice of psychology, and she is a court appointed expert for the Superior Court of California, San Diego. In addition, Dr. Stein was recently appointed to the California Board of Psychology's Enforcement Program, as an Expert Reviewer, for matters involving complaints against a psychologist. She has published extensively on legal and ethical issues in the practice of psychology, and her workshops are known for her outstanding interweaving of valuable training with an entertaining and engaging style.

DATES & TIMES

October 20, 2017 (Friday)  —  Workshop: 8:30am–3:30pm;   Registration: 8:00am

LOCATION

National University-Spectrum Campus, 9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego CA 92123

FEES

$145-$175 —Discounts available for early registration, Allied Agencies, Full-time Students

CE HOURS

Earn 6.0 Professional CE Hours. Meets Requirements For Ethics Training For Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers, And MFTs.

SPONSOR, CONTACT & LINKS

Relationship Training Institute
Contact: or 619-296-8103 ext.10

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Mindfulness and Relationships: A Trans-theoretical Approach to Enhancing Therapist-Client Connection and Treatment of Couples

In conjunction with the San Diego Psychological Association and SD-CAMFT
** Special Rates Apply **

November 3, 2017 (Friday)

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Mindfulness and Relationships: Enhancing Therapist-Client Connection and Treatment of Couples

DESCRIPTION

Mindfulness is all the rage these days in psychotherapy. Beginning with MBSR, followed by DBT, ACT, MBCT, MB-EAT, MBRP, and many others, this “third wave” of cognitive-behavioral therapy has produced a veritable alphabet soup of treatments employing mindfulness techniques to treat disorders ranging from anorexia to zoophobia, as well as positive psychology interventions to enhance therapist and client distress tolerance, emotional self-regulation, and resilience.

But mindfulness is much more than a set of techniques to use in therapy. Mindfulness in therapy is first and foremost a mode of embodied presence, a method of inquiry, and a way of being and relating to experience cultivated by the therapist in his or her ongoing discipline of mindfulness meditation practice. The therapist can then embody mindfulness as healing presence in the therapist client-connection to enhance therapeutic outcomes and the experience of therapy for both client and therapist, and to effectively teach mindfulness techniques to clients.

Join internationally-recognized mindfulness trainer Steven Alper, LCSW for this ground-breaking workshop. Learn a bold intersubjective, relational and trans-theoretical approach to incorporating mindfulness in psychotherapy that will enhance the therapeutic relationship and couples therapy outcomes—but is equally applicable to all primary practice modalities and theoretical orientations. Learn about...
  • What mindfulness isn’t and is
  • A vertically integrated, transtheoretical model for incorporating mindfulness in any psychotherapy practice
  • How mindfulness can inform and empower the therapist-client relationship
  • How mindfulness can enhance couples therapy, and couples intimacy and connection

FACULTY

Steven Alper, LCSW

Steven Alper, LCSW, has been an ardent mindfulness meditation practitioner for over 35 years. He pioneered the first Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs in hospitals in Southern California at UCSD Department of Psychiatry in 1994, and he was the director of the Scripps Clinic MBSR program from 1995-2005. Steve is the author of the book, Mindfulness Meditation in Psychotherapy: An Integrated Model for Clinicians, and he has presented workshops on Incorporating Mindfulness in Psychotherapy to mental health professionals nationally and internationally.

DATES & TIMES

November 3, 2017 (Friday)  —  Workshop:  8:30am–3:30pm   Registration: 8:00am

LOCATION

National University-Spectrum Campus, 9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego CA 92123

FEES

$145–$175 — Discounts available for early registration, Allied Agencies, SDPA, SD-CAMFT, Full-time-Students

CE HOURS

Earn 6.0 Professional CE Hours.

SPONSOR, CONTACT & LINKS

Relationship Training Institute
Contact: or 619-296-8103 ext.10

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Sex & Relationships: Everything You Need to Know From Two of the Leading Experts in the Field

In conjunction with the San Diego Psychological Association and SD-CAMFT
** Special Rates Apply **

November 10-11, 2017 (Friday & Saturday)

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Sex & Relationships: Everything You Need to Know From Two of the Leading Experts in the Field

APPROVED FOR 14.0 ADVANCED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE EDUCATION HOURS

DESCRIPTION

NOVEMBER 10, 2017  (Friday)  –  8:30 AM-4:30 PM

Secrets, Cybersex, Infidelity, Addiction, Trauma – And Forgiveness?
FACULTY: Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph.D., ABPP

PROGRAM: This course will offer concrete clinical interventions to help couples struggling with infidelity:

  • What constitutes an affair?
  • What makes cyber-relationships particularly seductive?
  • When is it best to divulge an affair and when is best to keep it a secret?
  • How can therapists help the injured partner absorb the trauma of infidelity and feel less crazy and alone?
  • How can therapists help unfaithful partners take responsibility for the damage they caused and earn forgiveness?
  • How do feelings of love deceive as much as they inform? How can we help partners decipher the meaning of an affair in ways that shed light on their vulnerabilities, longings, and unresolved traumatic injuries?
  • How can this meaning be used to grow the marriage?
  • What concrete steps can partners take to foster genuine forgiveness?
  • What concrete exercises help couples rekindle trust and erotic intimacy after an affair?

 
NOVEMBER 11, 2017  (Saturday)
  –  8:30 AM-4:30 PM

Rethinking Sex Addiction: A Sexual Health Pathway for “Out-of-Control Sexual Behavior”
FACULTY: Douglas Braun-Harvey, MFT, CST

PROGRAM: Despite over three decades of study, therapists remain divided about the best approach for dealing with out of control sexual behavior (OCSB). Is it a process addiction or a distinct psychosexual disorder—or is there another non-pathology-oriented alternative for assessment and treatment?

  • How can therapists become more comfortable talking to clients about sex?
  • How can clients work on sexual behavior problems without sociocultural judgments?
  • Explain the OCSB Clinical Pathway for Assessment and Treatment.
  • What are the six fundamentals of sexual health?
  • How can clients develop a mature sexual health plan?
  • How do regulation, attachment and sexual/erotic conflicts lead to OCSB
  • What is the Braun-Harvey & Vigorito OCSB protocol for consensual, out of control sexual behavior—and how can this help?

 
PLUS:  A SPECIAL PRESENTATION
by RTI Executive Director David B. Wexler, Ph.D. on “Infidelity, Attachment, And Domestic Violence”
 

FACULTY

Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph.D., ABPP

Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph.D., ABPP, is a nationally acclaimed expert on issues of trust, intimacy, and forgiveness. Her first book, After the Affair, has sold more than a half million copies. How Can I Forgive You? was a Books for a Better Life Award finalist in the category of Best Psychology Book. In private practice for 37 years, Dr. Spring is a recipient of the Connecticut Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Practice of Psychology. She is a former clinical supervisor in the Department of Psychology at Yale University, and a popular media guest on programs such as NPR and Good Morning America.

Douglas Braun-Harvey, MFT, CST

Douglas Braun-Harvey, MFT, CST, is an internationally-recognized sexual health author, trainer and psychotherapist and co-founder of The Harvey Institute. For the past 25 years, Mr. Braun-Harvey has been developing and implementing a sexual health based treatment approach for men with out of control sexual behavior (OCSB). His new book Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction (with co-author Michael Vigorito) was published in 2015.

DATES & TIMES

November 10-11, 2017 (Friday & Saturday)
Workshop:  8:30am–4:30pm   Registration: 8:00am

LOCATION

National University-Spectrum Campus, 9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego CA 92123

FEES

BOTH DAYS:
Health Professional: $325/$360 (after October 16)
San Diego DV/Allied Agency/SDPA/SD-CAMFT/Full-time Student: $295/$325 (after Oct 16)

SINGLE DAY:
Health Professional: $195/$225 (after October 16)
San Diego DV/Allied Agency/SDPA/SD-CAMFT/Full-time Student: $175/ $195 (after Oct 16)

CE HOURS

Approved for 14.0 advanced domestic violence education hours

SPONSOR, CONTACT & LINKS

Relationship Training Institute
Contact: or 619-296-8103 ext.10

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Suicide Therapies That Work

March 16, 2018 (Friday)

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Suicide Therapies That Work

All California psychologists will be required to attend a training in suicide therapies—this outstanding course meets all requirements for licensure and re-licensure!

DESCRIPTION

Suicide is on the rise in the United States, having gone up 24% between 1994 and 2014. It is the most common psychiatric emergency that therapists will encounter. Recent research has identified suicide-specific therapies that are effective in treating both suicidal ideation and behavior. The problem is that most therapists are not aware of them nor have they been trained in them, so most suicidal clients do not receive these potentially lifesaving treatments. For therapists with an active clinical practice, suicide is an occupational hazard that can be both emotionally and practically devastating—and 25% of family members of suicidal patients take legal actions against the patient’s mental health treatment team.

This workshop will provide an invaluable opportunity for therapists to implement these empirically validated, evidence-based treatments for suicide that are fast becoming the standard of care.

In this workshop you will learn to:

  • Identify the most important techniques/tools for assessing suicidal risk
  • Recognize innovative and effective suicide therapies which will allow clinicians in practicing to the standard of care
  • Activate strategies to minimize the risk of successful lawsuits or sanctions
  • Find effective coping strategies for the emotional impact of working with clients who attempt suicide or actually commit suicide
  • Implement effective state-of-the-art crisis interventions for suicidal patients

FACULTY

Lisa Firestone, Ph.D.

Lisa Firestone, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in Santa Barbara and the Director of Research and Education at The Glendon Association and Senior Editor for the mental health website PsychAlive.org. She is the author of Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice, Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion and The Self under Siege. Dr. Firestone is a national and international presenter on the topics of suicide and violence as well as couple relationships and parenting, and she also blogs on Psychology Today and the Huffington Post. You can visit the websites www.glendon.org and www.psychalive.org to learn more about her work.

DATES & TIMES

March 16, 2018 (Friday)
Workshop:  8:30am–3:30pm   Registration: 8:00am

LOCATION

National University-Spectrum Campus, 9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego CA 92123

FEES

$150-$190 —Discounts available for early registration, Allied Agencies, Full-time Students

CE HOURS

Earn 6.0 Professional CE Hours.

SPONSOR, CONTACT & LINKS

Relationship Training Institute
Contact: or 619-296-8103 ext.10

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The STOP Program: Understanding & Treating Intimate Partner Violence in the 21st Century

40-Hour Domestic Violence Treatment Provider Certification Course

April 19-21 & 27-28, 2018 (Thu/Fri/Sat & Fri/Sat)

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WORKSHOP DETAILS

The STOP Program: Understanding & Treating Intimate Partner Violence in the 21st Century

MEETS NEW CALIFORNIA REQUIREMENTS FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CERTIFICATION!

The STOP Program training model has been acclaimed internationally for outstanding integration of contemporary theory, research, and practice in the complex and quickly-changing world of DV intervention. This conference integrates the leading figures in the field and presents the information in a powerful, comprehensive, and always engaging style!

DESCRIPTION

Selected workshop days may be attended separately!

This five-day workshop provides a complete overview of the field of domestic violence, with specific training in group treatment and intervention. This program meets the state requirements for certification of treatment providers at approved agencies.

DAY ONE: “Behind The Scenes”
Offers a comprehensive view of the origins of domestic violence, the typologies of male batterers, and creative strategies for reaching even the most difficult and defended men.

DAY TWO: “Nuts & Bolts”
Outlines The STOP Program (3rd edition), the internationally-recognized group treatment program that integrates self-psychological treatment interventions with education about the politics of abuse and comprehensive skills training.

DAY THREE: “Victims of Domestic Violence”
Provides an inside look at the experience of DV victims, including special training on male victims and kids who witness DV–and a unique prevention on the groundbreaking Adverse Childhood Experiences research.

DAY FOUR: “The Big Picture”
Morning Session: “Substance Abuse & Relationship Abuse”
The latest research on the relationship between substance abuse and domestic violence— and what to do about it.

Afternoon Session: “Coordinated Community Response”
Selected guest faculty from throughout the San Diego legal and law enforcement community.

DAY FIVE: “Diversity Issues”
Overview of DV and diversity issues/Generating interventions well-matched for minority culture offenders and victims.

David B. Wexler, Ph.D.

FACULTY

David B. Wexler, Ph.D.; Alyce LaViolette; Teresa Santana, SD DA Office;
Dan Plein, SDPD; Stacy Watnick, Ph.D.; Ellen Stein, Ph.D.;
Tyler Gabriel, Ph.D.; Gina Llamas, MFT; Leona Smith Di Faustino, LCSW;
Leslie Ross, Psy.D.; Maria Leyva

DATES & TIMES

April 19-20 & 27-28, 2018 (Thu/Fri/Sat & Fri/Sat)
Workshop: 8:00am–5:00pm all days   Registration: 7:30am

LOCATION

National University-Spectrum Campus, 9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego CA 92123

FEES

$140-$165 — single day;  $485-$585 — full conference
Discounts available for early registration, Allied Agencies, Full-time Students

CE HOURS

Earn 8.0-40.0 Professional CE Hours for psychologists, LCSWs, MFTs, addiction counselors (NAADAC, CAADE), and certified counselors (NBCC).

SPONSOR, CONTACT & LINKS

Relationship Training Institute
Contact: or 619-296-8103 ext.10

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BOOKS BY DAVID B. WEXLER Ph.D.

STOP Domestic Violence Program (3rd Edition)
When Good Men Behave Badly
Men in Therapy
Is He Depressed or What?

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Law and Ethics 2018: Risk Management in Clinical Practice

May 4, 2018 (Friday)

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WORKSHOP DETAILS

Law and Ethics 2018: Risk Management in Clinical Practice

DESCRIPTION

MEETS REQUIREMENTS FOR ETHICS TRAINING FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS, CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKERS, AND MFTs!

The Latest Information You Have To Know About Law & Ethics In 2018 —
New Presentations On...

  • Telehealth: Using Skype, Cell Phones and Text Messaging with Patients
  • Confidentiality in Treating Minors of Divorced Parents
  • Standards for Psychological Testing: Remote Assessment and Technology
  • Responding to Ethical, Licensing and Malpractice Complaints

In this workshop you will also find the answers to these questions that every clinician needs to know:

  • What exactly is “malpractice”?
  • Have the laws and regulations changed since I was licensed?
  • What exactly is the NEW Tarasoff Warning?
  • How do I comply with HIPAA’s new security standards?
  • What constitutes “boundary violations”, and what are the risks?
  • How should my policies change because of The Patriot Act?
  • How do I deal with the death of my patient?
  • And how does a “Professional Will” help prepare for my own?

FACULTY

Ellen Stein, Ph.D.

Ellen Stein, Ph.D., is a forensic and clinical psychologist in practice in San Diego, CA. Dr. Stein is a former Adjunct Professor of Law and Ethics with Alliant International University as well as the University of San Diego, National University and United States International University. She specializes in forensic consultation, assessment and expert witness testimony in civil, criminal and military courts martial matters. Previously serving as the Vice Chair of the California Psychological Association's Ethics Committee for three years, Dr. Stein provided consultation on law, ethics and clinical issues in the practice of psychology, and she is a court appointed expert for the Superior Court of California, San Diego. In addition, Dr. Stein was recently appointed to the California Board of Psychology's Enforcement Program, as an Expert Reviewer, for matters involving complaints against a psychologist. She has published extensively on legal and ethical issues in the practice of psychology, and her workshops are known for her outstanding interweaving of valuable training with an entertaining and engaging style.

DATES & TIMES

May 4, 2018 (Friday)  —  Workshop:  8:30am–3:30pm   Registration: 8:00am

LOCATION

National University-Spectrum Campus, 9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego CA 92123

FEES

$145–$175 — Discounts available for early registration, Allied Agencies, Full-time-Students

CE HOURS

Earn 6.0 Professional CE Hours. Meets requirements for ethics training for psychologists, LCSWs, MFTs, drug and alcohol counselors (NAADAC), and certified counselors (NBCC).

SPONSOR, CONTACT & LINKS

Relationship Training Institute
Contact: or 619-296-8103 ext.10

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Everything I Hate About The Psych Eppp Licensing Exam

May 11, 2018 (Friday)

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WORKSHOP DETAILS

Everything I Hate About The Psych Eppp Licensing Exam

The Best Investment You’ll Ever Make!

DESCRIPTION

After twenty years of preparing candidates, Dr. Stein has taken the essential elements of EPPP preparation and honed them into a succinct one day seminar, focusing exclusively on the three topics everyone loves to hate: Statistics, Research Design, and Test Construction

While all of the EPPP content can be self-studied, these three content areas are the source of much anxiety and confusion for Psy. D. and Ph.D. candidates alike, and many candidates feel intimidated and ill-equipped to master these crucial content areas. Dr. Stein takes the key terms, concepts and formulas you will need to pass the EPPP, and makes them approachable, understandable and even interesting!

In this workshop, you will put the finishing touches on your firm grasp of these anxiety-provoking sections of the EPPP exam:

  • Statistics
  • Research Design
  • Test Construction

And you will be able to move forward with confidence!

FACULTY

Ellen Stein, Ph.D.

Ellen Stein, Ph.D., is a forensic and clinical psychologist practicing in San Diego. As a lead instructor for The Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences (AATBS), she has taught thousands of licensure candidates for more than twenty years. Dr. Stein is also a former Adjunct Professor of Law and Ethics with Alliant International University as well as the University of San Diego, National University and United States International University. She specializes in forensic consultation, assessment and expert witness testimony in civil, criminal and military courts martial matters. Dr. Stein also serves as an Expert Reviewer for the Board of Psychology Enforcement Program. Her workshops are known for her outstanding interweaving of valuable training with an entertaining and engaging style.

DATES & TIMES

May 11, 2018 (Friday)  —  Workshop:  8:30am–4:30pm   Registration: 8:00am

LOCATION

National University-Spectrum Campus, 9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego CA 92123

FEES

$155–$195 — Discounts available for early registration and Allied Agencies

CONTACT HOURS

Earn 7.0 Contact Hours.

SPONSOR, CONTACT & LINKS

Relationship Training Institute
Contact: or 619-296-8103 ext.10

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Discounted Workshop Rates

Allied Agency staff receives discounted rates for Training Workshops

• Brandman University College, San Diego
• Center for Community Solutions
• Home Start
• IntraPsychic Clinic
• Pacific Coast Counseling
• Paradise Valley Hospital,
   Bayview Behavioral Health Campus
• San Diego Center for Children
• San Diego Family Justice Center
• San Diego Phobia Foundation
• San Diego Youth & Community Services
• San Diego YMCA
• The San Diego LGBT Community Center

All Workshop Professional CE Hours are approved by:

BBS – #PCE 4477
CAADE Alcohol/Drug Educators – #CP40 902 C 0613
NAADAC Addiction Professionals – #513
NBCC Certified Counselors – #6181

RTI is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. David B. Wexler, Ph.D., maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
Relationship Training Institute is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

DV Workshop CE Hours:

  • The STOP Program: 40-Hour Calif. DV Treatment Provider Certification Training.
    Approved by the State of Nevada Committee on Domestic Violence.
  • Staying Ahead of The Curve: Two-day (16 Hour) workshop attendance meets full requirements for Advanced DV training to maintain 40-Hour DV Certification.
    Approved for 4-Hour Annual Update for California Court-Appointed Child Custody Investigators & Evaluators, and by the State of Nevada Committee on Domestic Violence.