Home Base To Offer Weekend Workshop for Military Couples: October 27-October 28th

Presented by Shiri Cohen, PhD, Director of Couples Services at Home Base, this workshop, called “Conversations for Connection”, is based off the best-selling book “Hold Me Tight” and has been adapted for military couples.  Whether you’ve celebrated one anniversary or twenty, as a military couple you can anticipate more excitement — and expect more challenges — than the average civilian couple. If you think your relationship be improved, or you would like a closer, more meaningful connection with your partner, this highly interactive two-day workshop will help you start the journey of healing and strengthening your relationship.

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Hold Me Tight:
A Workshop for Military Couples

Saturday, October 27th
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday, October 27th
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Home Base
One Constitution Center
Charlestown, MA 02129

*Parking, food and a discounted hotel rate will be provided

In this weekend educational workshop you will:

Hear engaging presentation and watch video clips to learn the tools for creating and maintaining a life-long loving connection

Practice in private with your partner the conversations that will bring you closer together

Gain a deeper understanding of your own and your partner’s needs so you can stay engaged and not get derailed

What are the Seven Conversations?

Recognizing Demon Dialogues – Identify negative patterns and hear each other in a difference
Finding the Raw Spots – Look beyond immediate, impulsive reactions to identify the raw spots underneath
Revisiting a Rocky Moment – De-escalate conflict and repair rifts to build emotional stability
Hold Me Tight – Move into being more accessible, emotional responsive, and deeply engaged with each other
Forgiving Injuries – Integrate injuries into conversation as demonstrations of renewal and connection. Finding and offering forgiveness empowers couples to strengthen their bond
Bonding Through Sex and Touch – Find how emotional connection creates great sex, and good sex creates deeper emotional connection
Keeping Your Love Alive – Make plans to be deliberate and mindful about maintaining connection. Love is a continual process of losing and finding emotional connection


Shiri Cohen, PhD

About Home Base’s Director of Couples Services: Dr. Cohen is a staff psychologist at Home Base, focusing on working with couples and families. Dr. Cohen is also an instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Cohen completed her undergraduate work with honors in Biobehavioral Health at the Pennsylvania State University Scholars Program. She received her Master’s Degree and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dr. Cohen participated in the Clinical Research Training Program Fellowship at the Judge Baker Children’s Center and Harvard Medical School. Additionally, Dr. Cohen was a Clinical Fellow in the Couples & Family Training Program at the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Cohen’s research has focused on relationship processes; the intersection of couple’s and individual health, and couple-based treatment of individual illness such as depression, and her treatment work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. She has experience treating couples and families with evidence-based approaches such as cognitive-behavioral and emotion-focused therapies.

Dr. Cohen has extensive experience as a therapist and as a clinical supervisor. Most recently she has worked as a Clinical Instructor & Supervisor within the Family and Couples Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Psychiatry and as a member of Couples & Family Consultation Team also at Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Psychiatry.