Improving Your Skills as a Couples Therapist


This course will focus on the various methods therapists can use to help couples reconnect and recover from despair and frustration. Ellen Wachtel, who is widely known for her work with couples and families, will demonstrate how to bring out the best in the couple by doing therapy with an actual couple in view of the class. The course will include discussion of the interventions used and will highlight methods for dealing with the impact of each person’s intergenerational history on the relationship.

The approach is integrative and thus interventions will derive from psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and systemic perspectives. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss their own work. Topics covered will include getting couples to be less blaming; motivating couples to take concrete steps to improve their relationship; keeping sessions solution oriented; helping couples build on whatever positives in their relationship might still exist; and getting each individual to actively work on his or her emotional difficulties.

This course is open to therapists who have some experience working with couples.

Faculty: Ellen F. Wachtel, JD, PhD, is the author of a self-help book for couples, We Love Each Other But…:Simple Secrets to Strengthen Your Relationship and Make Love Last. She is also the author of the widely used Treating Troubled Children and their Families and with Paul Wachtel, Family Dynamics in Individual Psychotherapy. She has given numerous workshops on couples and families both in the United States and internationally.

Date: Mondays, 10 sessions beginning September 15, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Tuition: $825
Continuing Education Credits: 22.5

The Ackerman Institute is approved by NASW, CT, and therefore NASW, NJ and NASW, NY.

The Ackerman Institute has moved! We are now located at:
936 Broadway (between 21st and 22nd Streets)
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10010

If you would like to apply online, click below:
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If you would like to mail or fax in your application, download a printable application here:
Short Course Application

For more information, or to register, contact:
Damaly Ferreira
212 879-4900, ext 111