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Digital Seminar

The Dating Crucible: Navigating the Common Challenges


Faculty:
Alexandra Solomon, PhD
Duration:
2 Hours 02 Minutes
Copyright:
Mar 19, 2021
Product Code:
NOS096124
Media Type:
Digital Seminar
Access:
Never expires.


Description

With more and more people choosing to marry later in life and sometimes not at all, knowing how to date well in today’s fast-paced world is essential. Learning relational metaskills can help clients avoid anxiety and depression linked to recent dating trends and approach beginnings and endings with more integrity and self-awareness, reducing collateral damage to both self and others. In this recording, discover an integrative approach for helping your clients deal with common modern dating challenges, including using dating apps, identifying red flags, navigating commitment milestones, and breaking up. You’ll explore: 

  • How to teach relational self-awareness as an essential metaskill for success in romantic relationships 
  • How to help clients advocate for their relational needs with romantic partners 
  • An integrative approach to helping clients move from fear and relational ambivalence toward empowerment and clarity 

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Alexandra H. Solomon, PhD, is staff clinical psychologist, member of the teaching faculty in the marriage and family therapy graduate program, and clinical assistant professor of psychology at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. In addition to her clinical work with couples and individuals, Solomon teaches graduate and undergraduate students. One of her courses is Northwestern University’s internationally renowned “Building Loving and Lasting Relationships: Marriage 101,” which combines traditional and experiential learning to educate students about key relational issues like intimacy, sex, conflict, acceptance, and forgiveness. Solomon’s work has been widely cited, and her articles on love and marriage have appeared in The Handbook of Clinical PsychologyThe Handbook of Couple Therapy, Family ProcessPsychotherapy Networker, and other top publications in psychology. Her work also appears in O Magazine and The Huffington Post, and she is a frequent interviewee and contributor for the Oprah Winfrey NetworkYahoo! HealthThe Atlantic, CBS Early Show, NPR, Psychology Today, and WGN Morning News. She is a sought-after speaker for corporate, collegiate, and professional audiences on topics related to modern love. Solomon lives in Highland Park, IL with her husband, Todd, and their two children, Brian and Courtney.

 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Alexandra Solomon is a published author and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She is a practicing clinical psychologist and is an instructor at Northwestern University. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Alexandra Solomon is a thought leader for Heleo, a founding expert for the Mine'd app, and an ambassador for The Relationship School. She a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).


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Objectives

  1. Analyze the relationship between recent dating trends and clinical symptoms, like anxiety and depression, and how they inform treatment interventions. 
  2. Determine how to help clients set boundaries and advocate for their relational needs with romantic partners. 
  3. Evaluate with clients the importance of relational self-awareness in creating a successful romantic relationship. 

Outline

Explain the relationship between recent dating trends and clinical symptoms, like anxiety and depression, and how they inform treatment interventions. 
  • Present research findings about increased rates of depression and anxiety in emerging adults and how dating can be affected by mental health challenges. 
  • Provide clinicians with tools they can use to disrupt patterns of avoidance, disconnection, and self-abandonment. 
Identify how to help clients set boundaries and advocate for their relational needs with romantic partners. 
  • Describe the low accountability / low vulnerability dating climate and explore how it reinforces that which is already challenging—asking for what you need.  
  • Provide clinicians with tools that help clients build relational self-awareness so that boundary-setting becomes an expression of relational empowerment (versus control or self-protection).
Explore with clients the importance of relational self-awareness in creating a successful romantic relationship. 
  • Define relational self-awareness and we will focus on how to help clients understand how their past can create constraints to openness/curiosity/vulnerability/trust which are essential for those who are dating. 
  • Teach vulnerability cycle mapping (Sheinkman & Fishbane) as a tool to help clients move from the language of “red flags” to a relational approach to assessing goodness of fit. 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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