The Professional Conversation Block™ process integrates several different therapeutic approaches and techniques:
Since no two people are exactly the same, no one sees the world the same way. Communication is a skill that requires conscious effort. The Professional Conversation Block™ can help identify and alleviate misunderstandings and guide couples toward more functional forms of communicating the tough stuff.
Built into the Professional Conversation Block™ process are prompts to help users resolve conflict when they feel like they’re at an impasse. Alternate phrasing, questions and suggestions are included to help them gain a new perspective on the situation and get unstuck. Working with the Professional Conversation Block™ process helps users state their needs, turn towards their partner’s bids for connection, and create shared meaning.
The six facets of the Professional Conversation Block™ tangibly and metaphorically provide a framework to help users view their problem from different angles. It helps bring to light interpretations, assumptions and expectations that otherwise remain hidden—and write new scripts.
Enhancing intimacy to promote closeness / Relationship therapy
The Professional Conversation Block™ helps users hold a paradox of safety and vulnerability at the same time. It acknowledges and visibly demonstrates that each partner is communicating differently which can help to resolve issues. Partners learn that disagreements aren’t signs of concern but are normal occurrences in relationships that can be resolved through communication. It enables the creation of a closer bond by helping them work together to find a solution, rather than seeing each other as the problem.
Making relationships and individuals more resilient
The Professional Conversation Block™ process helps therapists teach couples how to make relationships more resilient by increasing their capacity to acknowledge and respect differences. While common ground and harmony are critical to satisfying relationships, so too is the ability to be adaptable and resilient.
Importantly, the Professional Conversation Block™ is flexible. It can be adapted to your clinical approach and philosophy. Create new cards, or tailor an approach to satisfy the particular needs and growth edges of your clientele. Use it in session, or assign as practice between sessions, to strengthen your clients’ agency and progress.