Oregon Couples Counseling


About the Course

The learning objectives for this course are as follows:
  • Review theoretical perspectives of couples therapy.
  • Distinguish between marital education and marital therapy.
  • List the stages of marital conflict and how they are treated in therapy.
  • Describe the different measurement tools used in couples therapy.
  • Identify several therapeutic models used with couples, including cognitive behavioral therapy, emotionally focused therapy and Gottman's approach to work with couples.
  • Learn an overview of approaches to sex therapy with couples.
  • Identify issues in working with couples in stepfamilies.
  • Describe approaches to working with couples experiencing domestic violence.
  • Identify and review ethical issues in couples counseling.
  • List some research related to couples counseling.

About the Author

  • Leah K. Kulakowski, MFT

    Leah K. Kulakowski, MFT, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, is currently a Doctoral Candidate of Human Development and Family Relations at Florida State University.  She obtained a Master's Degree in Family Therapy from Mercer University, and holds a B.S. in Psychology from Georgia Southern University.  Ms. Kulakowski's extensive experience as a family therapist and clinical program supervisor spans over 20 years.  Since 2007, she has served as the Interim Program Director at Children's Home Society overseeing the Behavioral Health Overlay Services (BHOS) and Post Adoption Marriage Strengthening Program (PAMS).

    Kathryn Brohl, LMFT

    Kathryn Brohl, LMFT, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, has worked in for-profit and non-profit social services for over thirty-five years.  Author of six books that include two best sellers, and the first book in the U.S. for parents of molested children, Ms. Brohl has lectured and key-noted on trauma-informed care and other work-related topics throughout the US, Canada, and Australia.  She has been an administrator, consultant, trainer, private practitioner, and front-line worker, and has been interviewed in national periodicals such as USA Today, Parents' Magazine, Children's Voice, as well as The Washington Post, Miami Herald, and Florida Times Union.  Ms. Brohl has written and implemented several start-up programs during her career, that include a large child welfare system, intensive outpatient and mental health programs, to name a few.

    Rene' N. Ledford, MSW, LCSW, BCBA

    Rene' Ledford has over 25 years direct service and executive leadership experience in mental health and child welfare.  Additionally she has extensive experience designing, facilitating and managing workplace learning and performance programs for various not-for-profits and for a nationally recognized leader in customized training and performance contracting.  As Director of Employee Learning and Performance for Children's Home Society of Florida, she is responsible for leading statewide learning and best practice initiatives for over 1900 employees, developing instructor-led and e-learning programs and supporting CHS' Category III trauma grant program. She is also trained in trauma-focused interventions including Child Parent Psychotherapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.

    Rene' participates on various National Child Traumatic Stress Network-sponsored workgroups including the Secondary Traumatic Stress Collaborative Group and was

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