Two to Tango: Deepening Clinical Skills and Practice Working with Couples

Why is it that the people closest to us are also the ones whom we have some of our greatest conflicts? Such is the power of a couple’s relationship. While many therapists have the tools for working with individual clients, they often encounter challenges when there is another person in the therapy room.   This workshop will place an emphasis on how social locators such as race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and culture exert an influence on a couple’s relationship as well as the therapist-client relationship.  

In this workshop participants will learn:

  • How to conceptualize the couple as system, paying close attention to relational dynamics and patterns of interaction.
  • Innovative interviewing skills necessary for working with couples as well as techniques that help couples improve communication, manage conflict, balance individual, and relationship needs, and strengthen the connection.
  • To discuss the influence of both the clinician’s and clients’ social location on case assessment, treatment, and the therapeutic relationship in working with the couple

Walter Vega, LCSW, received his masters in social work in 2004, and since then he has devoted his career to serving families. Walter spent his early career working in family preventive services providing case management and counseling services to low-income families in Brooklyn. He completed a post-graduate training program in family therapy at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in 2009, joined Ackerman’s faculty in 2010, supervises trainees in the core curriculum training program, on 2016, was named Dean of Admissions.
In addition to being a social worker and family therapist, Mr. Vega has been a teacher and trainer for over 15 years. Walter taught for over 10 years at Columbia University School of Social Work and is now an instructor and academic counselor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice for students in the school’s SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge) Program. He has served as a family therapy consultant and trainer for various organizations in New York City, including Good Shepherd Services, Administration for Children’s Services, Jewish Child Care Association, and Mount Sinai-St. Luke’s Medical Center.
When he is not supervising or teaching, Walter  devotes his time to his private practice in Brooklyn and Manhattan seeing families, couples, and individuals.

Date: Friday, October 13, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $140
CEUs for NYS: 5
CEUs for NASW – CT: 5

Price Qty
Tuition $140.00 (USD)  


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.

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
training@ackerman.org