Update June 30, 2021

We do not currently have a workshop scheduled, but hope to have one in the Spring or Fall of 2022. If you would like to be notified when the next one is scheduled, please contact us at JMLewisfoundation@att.net or call 214-388-0451

Couple Therapy Workshop

TBD, 9:00am – 12:30pm,

Meadows Conference Center, 2900 Live Oak Street, Dallas, TX 75204


Workshop Description:

Couple therapists strive to make their therapy more effective. Working with couples is more difficult than working with individuals. Methods of couple therapy have evolved as limited-term treatments. And yet, books published by creators of competing couple therapies are getting longer (250 to nearly 500 pages) and their training workshops more detailed and lengthier.

We are offering a counter-trend approach: a 149-page training book and one three-hour training workshop. You can order our couple and family training guide book at jmlewisfoundation@att.net or call 214-388-0451. You may obtain the book without signing up for the workshop, but if you plan to attend the workshop, you need to order the book first since the workshop contents assume that you have read the book.

The book contains the Lewis Scales which will allow you to quickly identify new client couples’ levels of distress across 10 evidence-based dimensions, identify problem areas to be explored, and assess strengths with which to address those problems. These measures also may be used to track treatment progress and outcomes.

The Lewis Scales are compatible with all the widely used couple therapy systems, or they may be used as a stand-alone structure for couple evaluation and treatment planning.

Workshop attendees will be provided hand-outs describing the origins of our materials, print copies of all power point slides, detailed suggestions for how to use the materials in couple therapy, and a concise paper that may be given to clients that helps couple partners know when they might benefit from couple therapy and when they might not. This paper is titled, “Couple Self-Improvement? Couple Counseling? Neither? Both? A Guide Through the Choices.”

Learning Objectives:

1) Attendees will be informed of the crucial role of relationship conflict resolution styles for long-term relationship quality outcomes.

2) Attendees will learn the theoretical and empirical foundations of the new Lewis Couple and Family Evaluation Scales (Lewis Scales).

3) Attendees will have hands-on experience using the Lewis Scales to evaluate four couple interaction video recordings of actual living-together romantic couples engaged in attempts at relationship problem-solving discussions.

4) Attendees will achieve increased levels of competence and confidence in using the Lewis Scales in both clinical and self-improvement activities.

Presenters Qualifications:

John T. Gossett, Ph.D. joined the clinical staff of Timberlawn Psychiatric Hospital in 1965 and began conducting clinical research at Timberlawn Research Foundation in 1966. He served as Director of the hospital’s Psychology Department from 1981 to 1992 and Director of the Research Foundation from 1988 to 1999. Dr. Gossett was a co-author of the Beavers Timberlawn Family Evaluation Scales in 1977, and the Timberlawn Foundation Couple and Family Evaluation Scales in 1997. He is first author of the new Lewis Foundation Couple and Family Evaluation Scales.

Carlos W. Davis, Jr., Ph.D. joined the staff of Timberlawn Hospital in 1985 and served as the Director of the Psychology Department from 1992 to 1997. He became the Director of the Timberlawn Research Foundation in 1999 and continues as the Director of the Lewis Foundation. Dr. Davis is second author of the five-author Lewis Scales.

Registration Fee: $50

Registrants will receive the Lewis Scales Packet which includes the Lewis Foundation Couple and Family Evaluation Scales booklet, the Rater Training Guide, and Scoring Summary forms. Attendees are asked to read these materials carefully before the workshop. In order to provide attendees with a representative set of 25-minute couple interaction videos, allow time for the attendees to complete Lewis Scales ratings on each couple, and be able to explore those ratings in enough detail, the workshop will be fast-paced. Pre-workshop trial runs of this interactive format were conducted with doctoral and master’s degree mental health professionals, college students, and 12th grade high school students. Those who had carefully read the provided materials before making Lewis Scales ratings mastered the system quickly when rating couple interaction videos and found the exercises to be enjoyable learning experiences. Those who had not read the materials before viewing the videos had trouble keeping up and found the exercises difficult.

If you are looking for a workshop where you sit and listen to six hours of lectures, that is not this one. But if you’d like to join one where the introductory presentation is brief, followed by a few hours of highly enjoyable learning and practicing a new set of observational skills that have every-day practical applications in both clinical and research settings, as well as in your own romantic couple relationship, that is this one.

Additional information: Registration and continental breakfast begins at 8:30am. The workshop begins promptly at 9:00am.