Workshop – Marital Enrichment

Workshop-Marital & Relationship Enrichment for Physicians

It is not true that doctors have a higher divorce rate than the general population but they are less happy in their marriages. Relationship difficulties can increase the possibility of career dissatisfaction and burnout. They also increase the risk that physicians and their spouses will experience depression, drug abuse, suicide, alcoholism, and other emotional problems. While physicians and their spouse or partner also experience the issues that any couple can experience, like sexual dysfunction or communication problems, they must also cope with the stress imposed by the modern practice of medicine. It is sometimes assumed that physician’s long work hours cause marital problems but the truth is that their excessive work is often caused by their desire to escape troubles at home. Dr. Hudson is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Board Certified Coach and has completed Level I Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. He has extensive experience as a marriage therapist and is a Gottman Seven Principles Program Leader–authorized by the John Gottman Institute in Seattle to use the Seven Principles Program materials and teach lecture content that integrates research from the Seven Principles book. We also offer marathon coaching for individual couples.

Audience: physicians, physician’s spouse or partner, practice managers, administrators, healthcare executives.

Recommended Number: 6-18

Time: Full day (6 hour), can be adapted to 45 minute lecture  or a series of evening sessions (Albuquerque or Santa Fe only).

Coaching for Physicians also provides weekly (10-12) classes, as well as full day or weekend retreat marriage enrichment for physician families.

Suggested Add-ons: DiSC Communication Style Assessment, Gottman Couples Pack

CME: may be available-additional fees apply

By the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the value of a stable home life for physicians
  • Recognize the myth that physician’s long work hours cause marital problems
  • Understand how the personality of physicians and medical training contribute to marital conflict
  • See why a happy marriage is not conflict free
  • Understand the causes of marital conflict
  • Recognize the signs of strain in a relationship
  • Know the difference between a complaint and a criticism
  • Learn how to begin a conversation using a soft start up
  • Set boundaries and communicate needs
  • Know the difference between a boundary and an expectation
  • Know the tools needed to build a deeper relationship
  • Increase the role of emotional intelligence and empathy in relationships
  • Improve communication skills and express a feeling or position using an I-message
  • … and much more 

For information about costs and scheduling call 505-280-4284 or use our contact page.

  Coaching for Physicians
 Specialized, Confidential Coaching Exclusively for Physicians
505-280-4284 (US Mountain Time)