Thinking and Doing Couples Therapy: The Ackerman Relational Model

Very often clinicians want to see unedited interviews in an effort to track how a senior family/couples therapist got to the “aha” moments in therapy.  Rarely is there the opportunity to “learn” the thinking that leads a therapist to pursue a line of questioning or to make one clinical choice over another, or to conduct the interview in a way that each member of the couple feels understood and safe enough to be challenged.

Based on the Ackerman Relational Approach, Marcia Sheinberg and Fiona True will offer the opportunity to learn from and explore the treatment of a couple in depth.  Each week participants will look closely at a session with commentary by the therapists.  Concepts addressed include questions that bring forward relational information; using oneself on behalf of connecting; transparency and relational interpretations; developing a relational hypothesis; unpacking escalations in arguments and interrupting escalations; utilizing relational information in the family of origin and the impact of the larger system; and offering specific suggestions to the couple and “holding” both members of the couple.

The participants will learn to:

  • interview to bring forward a relational hypothesis
  • navigate the competing interests of the couple
  • unpack and de-escalate arguments

Presented by Marcia Sheinberg, LCSW and Fiona True LCSW

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  • September 13, 2017 - November 3, 2017
    10:00 am - 4:45 pm