Annual Conference




Lorenz Clinic announces its third annual Invited Practitioner Conference Thursday April 4, 2019 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  This year’s conference will feature Dr. Mona Fishbane, the 2017 winner of APA’s Family Psychologist of the Year award.

Couples in distress often get caught up in cycles of mutual blame and emotional reactivity. This workshop explores psychodynamic, interpersonal, intergenerational, cultural, and neurobiological factors fueling these cycles. Dr. Fishbane will present an integrative systemic approach to transforming couple impasses, informed by interpersonal neurobiology and relationship research. The focus is on helping couples shift from disempowered, blaming stances to positions of relational empowerment, connection, and respect. The workshop highlights the interplay between kneejerk reactivity (driven by the emotional brain) and a more thoughtful ability to live according to goals and values (powered by the higher brain). We will explore ways to help partners become proactive lovers, working to co-author their relationship together. The workshop will also consider the challenges of change in couple therapy, given the power of habit in the human brain, as well as the potential of neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to change. Dr. Fishbane’s presentation builds on her book, Loving with the Brain in Mind: Neurobiology & Couple Therapy, part of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology.


Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:

  1. Diagram & work with the vulnerability cycles of distressed couples
  2. Identify brain processes that underlie couple reactivity
  3. Identify & work with “unfinished business” from partners’ families of origin
  4. Facilitate relational empowerment in couple therapy, including empathy, respect, & differentiation
  5. Plan & utilize couple therapy interventions informed by neuroscience & relationship science, increasing neuroplasticity & relationship plasticity

About The Presenter

Mona D. Fishbane, Ph.D., clinical psychologist in New Jersey and Illinois, is senior faculty and former Director of Couple Therapy Training, Chicago Center for Family Health. She is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, on the Advisory Board of Family Process journal,and past Board member, American Family Therapy Academy. Mona lectures nationally and internationally, and has published numerous articles on couple therapy and neurobiology as well as on intergenerational relationships. Mona has been the recipient of honors and fellowships, including a grant from the Templeton Foundation, and the 2017 Family Psychologist of the Year Award from The American Psychological Association (Society for Couple & Family Psychology). Mona’s book, Loving with the Brain in Mind: Neurobiology & Couple Therapy(2013), is part of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology.  Mona’s website:



The event will be held in the MacMillan Auditorium at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, Minnesota (Directions).  The auditorium is located in the Oswold Visitor Center.  Registrants will receive complimentary admission to the arboretum grounds the day of the event.  The spring color should be near peak!

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, a top visitor attraction, is more than 1,200 acres of gardens and tree collections, prairie and woods and miles of trails. As a premier northern garden, the Arboretum was borne out of the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center and established in 1958, with the Men’s Garden Club of Minneapolis, Lake Minnetonka Garden Club, Minnesota State Horticultural Society and other community supporters creating the Arboretum as a gift to the University of Minnesota.


The specific agenda is forthcoming and will be published closer to the event.

Continuing Education Credit

The event will be submitted to the Minnesota Board of Social Work, Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy, Minnesota Board of Marriage & Family Therapy, and Minnesota Board of Psychology for continuing education credit.

Registration Fees

$190 – Early Bird (ends 6pm 3/1/19)

$250 – Regular Admission

$70 – Pre-licensed Practitioner

$40 – Students


Cancellations will be accepted through 5:00pm Friday, 3/29/19.  Cancellations will be refunded less a 25% administration fee.  To cancel your registration, contact the Administrative Services Manager, Sydny Spires, by email at or via telephone at (952) 443-4600

To Register

To register for the event, click here.