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Psychology Colloquium with Dr. Katherine Péloquin

Author: Jennifer Marie McWilliams

Posted on Nov 20, 2019

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Dr. Katherine Péloquin, from Université de Montréal, will deliver a colloquium entitled "Is couple therapy in routine practice effective in reducing relationship distress? True stories (and challenges) from an ongoing effectiveness study in Québec." The colloquium will take place on Friday, Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. in Keirstead Hall's Snodgrass Lounge (K105). All are welcome and encouraged to attend!


Is couple therapy in routine practice effective in reducing relationship distress? True stories (and challenges) from an ongoing effectiveness study in Québec

Meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials show that couple therapy produces large improvements in relationship distress. Studies that have examined the effectiveness of couple therapy in natural settings are scarce and yield more modest results, with high rates of premature termination. This gap between research efficacy and practice effectiveness may be due to the fact that efficacy studies are conducted in ideal conditions, including outstanding institutional support, services offered freely as part of a research study, and strict inclusion criteria and exclusion of more dysfunctional couples. Effectiveness studies also present several important methodological limitations that could explain the smaller effect sizes—in contrast to efficacy studies, effectiveness studies often do not differentiate nor report relationship outcomes as per therapy mandate (i.e., improve the relationship versus address relational ambivalence and separation), fail to use comprehensive standardized assessments, and do not monitor therapy progress. It is therefore necessary to conduct more research assessing the effectiveness of couple therapy in routine practice, especially since couple therapy services are most often offered in private practice. This presentation will report on an ongoing effectiveness study conducted in Québec. I will discuss the ethical and practical challenges of conducting this research, present some results regarding the effectiveness of couple therapy in routine practice, and address the clinical implications of the results.

Biography: Katherine Péloquin completed a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the University of Ottawa in 2010, where she conducted research on attachment and intimate partner violence and trained in Emotionally-Focused Couple Therapy with Master clinician Sue Johnson. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Sherbrooke and was hired in the Department of Psychology at the University of Montreal in 2012. As a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Relationship Problems and Sexual Abuse (CRIPCAS), her current research touches on different themes related to relationship functioning in couples, such as attachment, sexuality, partner support and dyadic coping, and violence—both in the general population and clinical samples of couples including couples seeking relationship therapy and couples undergoing fertility treatment. She also works as a clinical psychologist in private practice.

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Contact: Jennifer Marie McWilliams

Email Address: Jennifer.Sanford@unb.ca