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Robert Navarra

Robert Navarra, PsyD


Couples & Addiction:
A Relational Approach to Recovery

Saturday October 21, 2017
9:00 - 5:00       $160/$137 until 10/2      7 CE hours


Current approaches in treating this “family disease” typically do not provide therapy approaches that effectively address the relationship between people with an addictive disorder and their partners. Outcome research informs us that couples therapy is more effective than individual therapy in identifying addiction and moving the addicted person and family into recovery. Unfortunately, most therapists are undertrained in assessing and treating clients with problematic compulsive behavioral or substance use disorders (SUD), and even fewer have training to help couples struggling with these issues.

This new workshop for therapists integrates more than 15 years of research by Dr. Navarra on the Couple Recovery Development Approach with the Gottman’s Sound Relationship House model and current findings from neuroscience and addiction. It creates a clear road map to help couples establish a relational approach to recovery. The training teaches specific assessment and intervention tools that include the person with the substance use disorder’s recovery, the partner’s recovery, and the relationship’s recovery.

Through extensive clinical videotape, Dr. Navarra will introduce unique interventions to:

  1. Assist couples to navigate the challenging road from active addiction to recovery
  2. Provide tools for couples to improve conflict management skills
  3. Differentiate “codependency” from “interdependency” and set better boundaries
  4. Aid couples’ healing from the trauma and aftermath of addiction

This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Identify addiction and break through the couple’s denial
  • Describe & apply techniques for couples to manage conflict
  • Implement a relationship recovery plan while supporting each individual’s recovery
  • Use “recovery card maps” to facilitate couple recovery

Robert Narvarra is a Master Certified Gottman Therapist and trainer who has worked in addiction recovery for 25 years and has presented his couple recovery model internationally. He holds an Advanced Drug & Alcohol Certification and is also a Research Scientist at Gottman’s Relationship Research Institute and at the Mental Research Institute. Dr. Navarra has co-written several book chapters with Drs. John & Julie Gottman and continues to collaborate with them on research; he has also published in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly. He is currently in private practice in San Carlos, California.