SP13 – Couple Therapy: Shared Principles of Governance

09 Dec 2018
13:15 - 14:15

SP13 – Couple Therapy: Shared Principles of Governance

Difficulty: All levels

This one-hour speech focuses on what all couple therapists should at least consider: social justice and fairness agreements between partners. The human primate is warlike, self-centered, mostly automatic, and given to flights of fancy, moodiness, and other unpredictable feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Thus, the social science predicate of civilization dictates that, to hold human beings accountable, there must be agreements between individuals that protect them from one another. Shared principles of governance points to the matter of partners governing each other and everyone else as the couple is the smallest unit of a society. Principles are hierarchically more personal and self-governing than rules or laws. In other words, principles speak to character.

Educational Objectives:

  1. List at least three psychological leaders in the field of social justice and moral reasoning
  2. Apply and describe at least three interventions for getting partners to formulate their shared principles of governance
  3. Differentiate and describe the differences between rules, laws, and principles