EHNW Annual Workshops 2018-10-03T08:20:34+00:00

EHNW Annual Workshop

Dancing Dragons: Working with Couples’ Core Wounds and the Tempering of Relationship
Presented by Christine Armstrong and Louis Dangles

Friday October 5, 2018 – Save the date now!
9 AM to 5 PM
(lunch not included – 90 minutes for lunch)

Oxford Suites Portland – Jantzen Beach
12226 N. Jantzen Drive, Portland, Oregon 97217

Register HERE for this exciting workshop

The Early-Bird discount ends September 7th


This workshop is intended for clinicians who are interested in the dynamic, challenging territory of couples therapy. It will also offer insights into our own journeys of intimacy. We begin with the human dilemma that we cannot open to love without opening to where we have been wounded in love. We all have dragons. Their job is to protect the gold; in the most fundamental sense, the continued existence of our essential self. Our dragons protect our wounded hearts. We might say dragons continue to breathe fire until the core wound they are protecting is recognized. In this way, the dragon dance is a call for mutual healing.

We will explore the following themes utilizing didactic elements and case material reinforced by experiential exercises and demonstrations.

Full article available via EHNW: Dancing Dragons: Working with Couple’s Core Wounds


  • The necessity that intimate partners must encounter each other’s core wounds.
  • The inevitability of the experience of betrayal and the archetypal relationship between, trust, betrayal, and forgiveness.
  • Collaborative approaches to the essential task of repair.
  • Intimacy as a container for deep healing and ground for individuation.

The morning sessions will focus on the relationship between core wounds and the dragons that guard them. Then we will examine examples of the dynamic dance that evolves between partners. The afternoon sessions will focus on the dynamics of trust, betrayal, and forgiveness. Themes will include the five dangers of betrayal and the four tasks of repair. We will offer reflections on the role of responsibility, accountability, and sovereignty in forging intimacy.


Christine Armstrong

existential humanistic luncheons

She established her private practice in 1976, her work focuses on depth psychotherapy, and she combines an Existential Humanistic approach with a psychodynamic perspective working with individuals, couples and groups. She and her husband of 35 years, Lou Dangles, have been doing couples and group work together for the past 20 years. She has trained extensively with Dr. Jim Bugental and Dr. Irv Yalom. More recently her training has included Ariadne Beck’s “group-as-a-whole” model with Jim Fishman.

“I treasure my time with my clients. The tears, the laughter, the struggle to make meaning from the painful experiences of life, all those precious shared moments are some of the most gratifying experiences of my life.” – Chris



Louis Dangles

existential humanistic luncheons

He established his private practice in 1976, his work focuses on depth psychotherapy, and he combines an Existential Humanistic approach with archetypal and psychodynamic perspectives. He has trained extensively with Dr. Jim Bugental and Dr. Irv Yalom. More recently his training has included Dr. Ariadne Beck’s “group- as-a-whole” model with Jim Fishman. He is currently in private practice in San Anselmo, where he works with couples, individuals, and groups.

“The poet William Stafford begins his poem “The Way It Is” by stating: “There is a thread you follow….” The challenge of finding the healing thread in each conversation is a humbling task. The courage with which my clients open their hearts in search of that healing thread touches me and inspires me almost daily.” – Lou


The NASW has approved this workshop for six CEU credits. EHNW is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Register HERE for this exciting workshop

The Early-Bird discount ends September 7th

Course Outline:

Morning session
10 Minutes: Introduction-overview of the day and ground rules.
30 Minutes: Didactic presentation with case material illustration.
“How dragons are born and how dragons dance.”
20 Minutes: Participant dyad exercise.
Participants will identify their dragon and, working in pairs,
they will explore with their partner how their dragons might dance together.
30 Minutes: Exercise debrief
40 Minutes: Demonstration couple vignette
50 Minutes: Demonstation debrief
1) How therapist identifies core wounds and the dragon that defends them.
2) Helping partners to recognize how they unintentionally trigger each other’s core wound.
3) Beginning to build empathic bridge between partners

Afternoon session
20 Minutes: Dyad exercise
1) Think of a time you had an opportunity to offer an apology.
2) Think of a time you had an opportunity of offer forgiveness.
Prompts: What was difficult?
How did you experience your vulnerability?
Notice whatever vulnerability might be surfacing in the exercise itself.
What are your concerns?
40 Minutes: Didactic presentation
“Trust, Betrayal, and Forgiveness- an archetypal perspective”.
1) Five dangers of betrayal
2) Four tasks of forgiveness
30 Minutes: Q &A debrief of exercise and clarification of concepts
40 Minute: Couple demonstration vignette.
50 Minute: Demonstration debrief and final questions.

EHNW Learning Objectives


Morning session
Participants will be able to:

1) Identify how core wounds shape a person’s self-protective behavioral style (‘Dragon’).
2) “Read between the lines”-recognize how present complaints can point to formative core wounds.
3) Identify how self-protective behavior patterns create a mutually reinforcing self fulfilling prophecy (‘Dance’).
4) Learn interventions to shift the self-fulfilling adversarial cycle to a collaborative conversation between partners.
5) Recognize how their personal dragon informs their counter-transference responses to clients.

Afternoon session
Participants will be able to:

1) Identify how present time interactions with intimate partners trigger core wounds.
2) Identify the five dangers of betrayal.
3) Identify the four tasks of repair.
4) Identify how the dangers block repair (moving beyond victim-perpetrator polarity).
5) Learn interventions that support the emotional risks required for effective repair.



Our annual workshops in the past have brought international leaders in the field of psychology and psychotherapy to Portland. These have included lecture, discussion, and experiential exercises toward increasing awareness. Some of our previous workshops include:

2017 – Will Stillwell, Ph.D. – “Singin’ the Blues: New Ways of Engaging Psychological Depression”

2016 – David N. Elkins Ph.D. – “The Human Core of Effective Psychotherapy: A Nonmedical Model of emotional Healing to Increase Therapeutic Effectiveness”

2015 – Orah Krug Ph.D. – “Existential Meaning-Making: The Heart of Therapeutic Change”

2014 – Kirk J. Schneider Ph.D. – “From the Polarized Miind to the Rediscovery of Awe: An Existential-Integrative Perspective on healing.”

2013 – Donald M. Mihaloew, Ed.D., LMFT, CFLE and Bob Edelstein, LMFT, MFT – “The Search for Authenticity: The Practice of Existential-Humanistic Approaches”