Re-Pairing Workshop Fundraiser for the San Francisco Psychological Association and the Institute for Health & Healing

The San Francisco Psychological Association invites you to a CEU Talk, "Re-Pairing: Helping Couples Connect When Facing Hard Times" with David Bullard, Ph.D.

Saturday, May 16, 2009 | 10:00am-12:00pm 2040 Webster St. (in the multi-purpose room) | San Francisco $25-$75 (all proceeds go to the INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH & HEALING and SFPA) Minimum donation $50 if 2 hours CEU requested

David Bullard, Ph.D., has been practicing individual psychotherapy and couples counseling in San Francisco for over 30 years. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (Psychiatry) at the University of California, San Francisco, where he consulted with faculty of the Behavioral Medicine Unit, hosted international symposia on sexuality and medical conditions, and taught courses to medical students, nurses, interns, residents, faculty, therapists and other health care providers. He has also consulted with the Symptom Management Service at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and with the Northern California Cancer Center.

David completed advanced training in the trauma therapy, “Somatic Experiencing®,” with Dr. Peter Levine in Brazil; traveled in Bhutan with Tenzin Bob Thurman to explore the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism (and, surprisingly, of Bob Dylan); and spent time in the west of Ireland with David Whyte and others in celebration of the poetry of the human soul - experiences that have supported and deepened his practice and teaching.

We can learn the usefulness of the inevitable challenges of intimacy rather than fear or avoid them, and find meaningful ways to "re-pair" and connect deeply again with significant others when pressures, arguments and differences have taken their toll. Specific processes will be presented to help couples whose own styles include volatile and escalating defensiveness and blame. Additional practical resources for couples counseling will also be included.

This two-hour workshop will combine insights from:

  • Thirty years of couples counseling
  • Traditional wisdom from Tibetan Buddhism
  • The harmonies of poetry
  • The body's natural rhythms

Additionally, it will bring together both experienced and beginning healing arts practitioners and provide an opportunity for all willing participants to share what theories, processes, approaches, or understandings have helped couples they have worked with, or that have helped them in their own personal lives.