Local Learning: The Postpartum Couple and Attachment

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Mon, Dec 14, 2020    
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm


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Local Learning: The Postpartum Couple and Attachment

Using Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy to Heal Identity and Relationship Ruptures in the Transition to Parenthood

Monday, December 14, 2020

The transition to becoming parents together is universally recognized as one of the major stressors for a relationship and associated with dramatic declines in relationship satisfaction. In this Local Learning, we will explore the unique ways that the postpartum period brings up attachment needs and longings and how these can exacerbate or create a negative conflict cycle. Using an illustrative case example, we will explore integrating psychoeducation for new parents into the micro-interventions of EFT and using the couple’s enactments to heal past and or current relational traumas.

Event Details

Date: Monday, December 14, 2020
Time: 12pm – 2:30pm CST
Location: Online via Zoom*
Presenter: Nikki Lively, MA, LCSW
Cost: $40 ($30 for ChicagoEFT members – please log in for member pricing)
2 CEU’s at no additional cost for LMFT, LCPC and LCSW**

All proceeds will go to the ChicagoEFT Scholarship Fund.

*Zoom details will be sent out to all registrants after registration closes. Please add info@chicagoEFT.com to your contacts to avoid having this email sent to your spam folder. Registration will close on Sunday, December 13th at 6pm.

**ChicagoEFT is licensed to offer CE’s for LMFT, LCPC and LCSW professionals in the state of Illinois. However, many states have reciprocity agreements and you may be able to use CE’s offered through this training. Please check with your state professional boards.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will identify at least two common “view of self” and “view of other” attachment themes that are evoked in the transition to parenthood.
  • Participants will learn at least two important ways to integrate psychoeducation for new parents in the micro-interventions of EFT.
  • Participants will develop awareness of relational traumas that are evoked in new parenthood and ways to facilitate healing enactments between the couple around these themes.

About the Presenter

Nikki Lively is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with twenty years of experience in providing individual, couples, and parent-infant psychotherapy, and specializes in the treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and the impact of these disorders on partner relationships. Ms. Lively has served as a consultant and trainer for the Illinois Perinatal Mental Health Project, a statewide initiative to train providers in the screening and assessment of depression during and after pregnancy, and now frequently provides professional development workshops to psychotherapists on working with perinatal women, couples and families.

Ms. Lively is a Certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist (EFT) and an EFT Supervisor-in-Training. Ms. Lively is currently the Clinical Director of the Transitions to Parenthood Program and a staff therapist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University where she maintains a clinical practice working with women and families, as well as provides clinical supervision, training and consultation.

Ms. Lively received her graduate training at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration from which she holds a Masters degree in Social Work, and the Erikson Institute from which she completed the certificate program in Infant Mental Health.



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