The Heart of Couples Therapy: Knowing What to Do and How to Do It

Ellen Wachtel, JD, PhD, will focus on the various methods therapists can use to help couples reconnect and break out of patterns that have lead to frustration and despair. Topics covered will include how to motivate couples not only to make the changes that will get them “unstuck” but which will also lead to truly gratifying relationships; how to use “choice points” to keep sessions focused and productive; how to build on whatever positives in their relationship might still exist; and how to address the individual “legacy” issues that each person brings to the relationship. The workshop will address in detail the most common and difficult challenges that therapists face in their day to day work with couples.

Ellen Wachtel, JD, PhD, has a Ph.D in clinical psychology from New York University and a law degree from Harvard Law School. She is the author of Treating Troubled Children and their Families; We Love Each Other But…Simple Secrets to Strengthen Your Relationship and Make Love Last; Family Dynamics in Individual Psychotherapy (with Paul Wachtel); and a soon to be published book on how to do couples therapy, The Heart of Couple Therapy: Knowing What to Do and How to Do It. Her books have been translated into a number of languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, and Arabic. She has taught in the clinical psychology Ph.D. programs of both New York University and City College of New York and at the Ackerman Institute for the Family.

Date: Friday, December 2, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $135
Contact Hours (CEU’s) for NYS: 6
CE Credits for NASW: 5

The Ackerman Institute for the Family SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0052.


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Damaly Ferreira
Phone: 212-879-4900 ext. 111