Internationally known couples therapist visits Tulane

November 5, 2013 10:00 AM

Joseph Halm

“We cannot experience life in its fullness unless we have an intimate relationship with another human being and, beyond that, a feeling of connection with the world around us,” said Harville Hendrix, an internationally known couples therapist.

Student talks with Harville Hendrix

Social work student Haley Fenton, left, and speaker Harville Hendrix, center, talk during his workshop on the uptown campus on Oct. 29. (Photo by Joseph Halm)

Thanks to a partnership with the Tulane University School of Social Work’s Porter-Cason Institute, Hendrix conducted a three-hour workshop on the uptown campus about how to build better relationships through Imago Relationship Therapy.

Hendrix and his wife, Helen LaKelly Hunt, co-created Imago Relationship Therapy and developed the concept of “conscious partnership.” Their partnership and collaboration has resulted in nine books on intimate relationships and parenting.

Hendrix says there are a few simple tips that can help people begin to improve their relationships.

“You have to learn how to talk in a safe way,” he said. “You have to remove negativity totally, and then do the needed relational care. Some are quiet, like little appreciations, and some are intense like belly laughs. Those small steps will go a long way to improving your connection and your relationship.”

Hendrix told the group of social work students at the workshop on Oct. 29 that Imago is effective as a way to create stronger relationships because it helps people become more aware of the way they are all deeply interconnected. It offers insights into the unconscious agenda individuals bring to their relationships. Knowing this information, people can begin to cooperate with this hidden agenda, and as a result, individuals can choose to grow together in a creative, non-controlling and healing way that promotes understanding and connection.

“This was truly a special opportunity to provide our students and the Tulane community with a unique learning experience from a nationally renowned expert in couples therapy,” said Richard Ager, director of the Porter-Cason Institute. “Hearing from experts in the field of couples counseling will stimulate our students’ learning.”

Joseph Halm is marketing/communications coordinator for the Tulane School of Social Work.

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