The Money Factor and Couple Therapy

Many of the issues we deal with as clinicians touch on the powerful issue of money. As therapists we almost always shy away from pursuing the thread of financial matters with clarity and purpose. When revealed, this last taboo of therapy tells a compelling story that sheds light on ingrained patterns of interaction and operating premises of couples. Looking at everyday, unaddressed money issues in a new and direct way provides a window to understand relational patterns that can make or break couples. It gives new perspectives on life cycle events like death, divorce and remarriage, and allows for reconfiguring how one both constructively manages and communicates, or destructively act out financial matters. The Ackerman Relational Approach will be used, with specific focus on money, gender, and the nature of relationships.

In this workshop participants will learn to:

  • Guide clients to recognize the intersection between money and couples and enhance their ability to explore and access relational patterns through financial patterns
  • Increase their own self-awareness of their relationship to money, as well as that of their clients
  • Utilize difficult life transitions that bring financial implications to create positive life changes


judy-stern-peckJudy Stern Peck, LCSW, has extensive experience as both a family therapist and family business consultant based in New York City. In addition to being a faculty member at the Ackerman Institute for Family, Judy is the Director of the Money and Family Life Project at the Institute. She is also the author of Money and Meaning: New Ways to Have Conversations About Money with Your Clients – A New Guide for Therapists, Coaches, and Other Professionals.

Date: Friday, January 12, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $140
CE Contact Hours: 5

To register by phone or fax click here.

If you are an Ackerman alumni of the Externship or current Ackerman student, please contact the Training Department to register.

Damaly Ferreira
212 879-4900, ext 111