Paper Exercise

Couples Therapy Tools: The Paper Exercise

When I am doing training, I get many requests to learn more about the Paper Exercise. I thought you might like having more information about it. The Paper Exercise is an exercise that Pete and I adapted from Susan Campbell’s book, The Couples Journey. The exercise sounds a bit contrived, but it is so revealing of couples’ dynamics that it is worthwhile learning to use it. It can be used either diagnostically or as an intervention into the couples’ system. Setting up the exercise You will need a piece of plain white 8 ½ x 11 paper. Hold it in your hand, look into the eyes of one partner, and say, “This piece of paper represents something important to you.… Read more...

From Russia With Love

I am writing this month's newsletter as I fly home from two weeks in Russia. What an adventure! I went with my good friend Ruth McClendon to teach Couples and Family Therapy in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. It was such a rich cultural experience that it will take many months to digest all of it. After a delayed 20 hour trip, we landed in Moscow and assumed that getting to our hotel would take just a short while longer. But even with a very savvy Moscow driver, it took almost another 3 hours. Traffic is a constant challenge in Moscow. We ate in Russian homes, stayed in Russian apartments and saw no Americans during our stay.… Read more...
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