From Impasse to Intimacy: An Advanced Course/Consultation Group for Couples Therapy

In this intimate advanced course/consultation group, participants will learn to use the Vulnerability Cycle (VC) as a major anchor and tool in their clinical work with couples. Based on an integrative framework outlined by Michele Scheinkman, LCSW and cases presented by participants, the focus will be on how to use the VC to:

  • Diagram couples’ impasses and relational dynamics
  • Collect critical interactional, intra-psychic and multigenerational information
  • Define short and long term goals for the therapy

Utilizing the Multi-level Approach as a road map participants will learn to:

  • Track and interrupt reactive patterns
  • Transform frustration and anger into narratives of vulnerabilities and yearnings
  • Facilitate negotiations and help partners move towards a better intimate fit between them

Michele Scheinkman, LCSW, is a faculty member at The Ackerman Institute for the Family specializing in couple’s therapy training and has a private practice in Manhattan. Former Director of Training at the Chicago Center for Family Health and Lecturer at the University of Chicago, she was a consultant at the multicultural Roberto Clemente Center in New York City for many years. Her articles, widely valued in couples therapy training and practice, include: The Vulnerability Cycle: Working With Impasses In Couples Therapy; with Mona Fishbane (2004)Beyond the Trauma of Betrayal: Reconsidering Affairs in Couples Therapy (2005 ); The Multi-level Approach: A Road Map to Couples Therapy (2008) Disarming Jealousy in Couples Therapy: A Multidimensional Approach (2010). Her workshops in the United States, Europe, and Latin America are highly regarded for her integrative approach, conceptual clarity, and practical application with a range of couples issues in therapy.

Dates: 7 Wednesday classes: September 13 and 20, October 4, 11, and 18, and November 1 and 8
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tuition: $700
CE Contact Hours: 14



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

For any questions, contact:
Damaly Ferreira
212 879-4900, ext 111
training@ackerman.org