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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WORKSHOP DETAILS

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)

Contact: or 619-296-8103 ext.10

Workshop Flier: Download the workshop flier (PDF)

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BOOKS BY SUE JOHNSON and by RONALD POTTER-EFRON

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“Law and Ethics 2014: Dilemmas in Clinical Work with Adolescents and Children: A Practical Workshop on Ethical, Legal, and Clinical Factors”

October 24, 2014 (Friday)

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Law and Ethics 2014: Dilemmas in Clinical Work with Adolescents and Children: A Practical Workshop on Ethical, Legal, and Clinical Factors

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 former Adjunct Clinical Professor at Alliant International University in San Diego. Over the course of 12 years, Dr. Stein taught the required Advanced Law/Ethics courses provided to graduate students completing their internship and academic training. She also teaches the formerly required BOP (and currently required BBS) credentialing CEU workshops in Law/Ethics and Domestic Violence for schools and agencies across California. Dr. Stein also specializes in forensic assessment and expert witness testimony in cases involving family violence, sexual abuse, trauma, personality disorders, and issues of sexuality and gender identity. Dr. Stein is also the Vice Chair of the Ethics Committee of the California Psychological Association, and she has published extensively on legal and ethical issues. Her workshops are known for her outstanding interweaving of valuable training with an entertaining and engaging style.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION by Michael Lindsay, Ph.D. on decision-making in challenging adolescent clinical cases, drawing in detail on lessons learned from a particular clinical case, including a description of how state boards investigate and process complaints against clinicians. Dr. Lindsay is a psychologist in San Diego with a clinical private practice. He also provides leadership and organizational consultation.

DATES & TIMES

October 24, 2014 (Friday)  —  Workshop: 8:30am–3:30pm;   Registration: 8:00am

LOCATION

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

$130-$160 —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

Workshop Flier: Download the workshop flier (PDF)

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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 16-18 & 24-25, 2015 (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 Buhbe, Ph.D.; Ellen Stein, Ph.D.;
Karen Hyland, Ph.D.; Christauria Welland, Psy.D.; Vincent J. Felitti, MD;
Esmeralda Solorzano, MFT; Leona Smith de Faustino, LCSW

DATES & TIMES

April 16-18 & 24-25, 2015 (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

Workshop Flier: Download the workshop flier (PDF)

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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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“The NEW Law and Ethics 2015: Risk Management in Clinical Practice

May 1, 2015 (Friday)

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The NEW Law and Ethics 2014: 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 2014 —
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 former Adjunct Clinical Professor at Alliant International University in San Diego. Over the course of 12 years, Dr. Stein taught the required Advanced Law/Ethics courses provided to graduate students completing their internship and academic training. She also teaches the formerly required BOP (and currently required BBS) credentialing CEU workshops in Law/Ethics and Domestic Violence for schools and agencies across California. Dr. Stein also specializes in forensic assessment and expert witness testimony in cases involving family violence, sexual abuse, trauma, personality disorders, and issues of sexuality and gender identity. Dr. Stein is also the Vice Chair of the Ethics Committee of the California Psychological Association, and she has published extensively on legal and ethical issues. Her workshops are known for her outstanding interweaving of valuable training with an entertaining and engaging style.

DATES & TIMES

May 1, 2015 (Friday)  —  Workshop:  8:30am – 3:45pm   Registration: 8:00am

LOCATION

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

FEES

$135–$165 — 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

Workshop Flier: Download the workshop flier (PDF)

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“You Said What?”: Becoming a Better Supervisor 2015

May 8, 2015 (Friday)

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“You Said What?”: Becoming a Better Supervisor 2015

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

May 8, 2015 (Friday)  —  Workshop: 8:30am–3:30pm;   Registration: 8:00am

LOCATION

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

FEES

$135-$165 — Discounts available for early registration, Co-Sponsoring Agencies

CE HOURS

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

SPONSOR, CONTACT & LINKS

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

Workshop Flier: Download the workshop flier (PDF)

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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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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
• Jenna Druck Foundation
• Pacific Coast Counseling
• Paradise Valley Hospital,
   Bayview Behavioral Health Campus
• San Diego Family Justice Center
• San Diego Phobia Foundation
• San Diego Youth & Community Services
• The San Diego LGBT Community Center
• YMCA of San Diego County

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.