Rekindling Intimacy: A Clinical Framework for Couples Therapists




When couples come to therapy their yearnings for intimacy are often buried behind encrusted resentments, disappointments and power struggles. This workshop offers a valuable clinical framework to help couples get beneath their defensiveness and rekindle emotional and sexual intimacy in their relationships.

Applying the concept of the vulnerability cycle, we will examine how therapists can work step by step to dissipate escalation, translate resentments into needs and yearnings, and through this process create the necessary safety for couples to bring forward their desires and preferred forms of intimate relating. Taking into account that intimacy is highly subjective – informed by personal, contextual and cultural meanings – participants will learn how to help couples to clarify their expectations. They will also learn to explore emotional blocks – present and past – and to work with critical relational processes and emotions such as fear, anger or shame as they interfere with the flow of generosity, affection and sexuality between the partners. The workshop provides an integrative multicultural approach, a practical road map, and many clinical examples of how to help couples develop a satisfying 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 New York City. Former Director of Training at the Chicago Center for Family Health and Lecturer at the University of Chicago, she also consulted 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 Multi-level Approach: A Road Map to Couples Therapy; Disarming Jealousy in Couples Therapy: A Multidimensional Approach; Beyond the Trauma of Betrayal: Reconsidering Affairs in Couples Therapy, and The Vulnerability Cycle: Working With Impasses In Couples Therapy (2004) with Mona Fishbane. Her workshops in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America are highly regarded for her integrative approach, conceptual clarity, and practical application with a range of couples issues in therapy.

Date: Friday, January 16, 2014
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $135
CE Credits: 5

The Ackerman Institute is approved by the NASW, CT, and therefore NASW, NJ.

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

Danielle Khalife
Phone: 212-879-4900