USJ to discuss new approach to couple’s therapy

Marco Carvalho

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Education of the University of São José (USJ) will promote, on April 23rd, a public lecture on a new model of couple therapy, Congruence Couple Therapy. The talk will explore how congruence – the compatibility between husband and wife – can help treat and solve problems such as alcoholism, gambling addiction or mental health issues.

The keynote speaker of the public lecture is Bonnie Lee, a Canadian Associate Professor of Health Sciences at the University of Lethbridge, in the province of Alberta. A specialist in psychotherapy, Ms Lee was the first to apply the concept of “congruence” to the procedures of couple therapy.

The Canadian expert argues that the stronger the correspondence of qualities between the two halves of a couple is, the more beneficial marriage counselling can be to address addictions such as alcoholism or drug abuse. 

The researcher specifically addressed the issue of gambling addiction in a pioneering analysis, but the model she helped to create also applies to other addictions: “Couple relationships are complex, dynamic and multi-dimensional. A pivotal unit in the family, the couple is also the link between the past and future generation. This lecture presents a four-dimensional framework for therapists to understand how couples function with case examples. Research supporting the effectiveness of Congruence Couple Therapy in working with problem gambling, alcohol use and mental health issues will be presented,” the University of Saint Joseph writes in an introduction to the lecture.

The initiative takes place on April 23rd, between 9:30 am and 11 am and it will be moderated by Vítor Santos Teixeira, a teacher at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Education. Please click on the following link for more information:

Mangroves exhibition goes international

The interactive itinerant exhibition focusing on the wetlands of Macau that was assembled by the Institute of Science and Environment of the University of Saint Joseph will travel to Europe and will be presented in Vila do Conde, a city in northern Portugal. The exhibition is going to be held in the Centro de Monitorização e Interpretação Ambiental (Environmental Monitoring and Interpretation Center), a municipal environmental organization.

Composed of posters, photographs, films, interactive and analogic models, the exhibition “Mangroves: A Coastal Treasure” focuses in the contribution of the wetlands – and, in particular, of the mangroves – in safeguarding the coastline against phenomena such as the rise of the sea level and aquatic pollution.

Over the last few months, the exhibition was shown in more than a dozen local schools and now it has become international. In Vila do Conde, the presentation can be seen starting from March 22 to September 2, 2022. More information is available in the following link: