Explore our New

In-Person Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Couples Therapy

Explore our New

In-Person Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Couples Therapy

About the Program

This intensive course will provide practitioners with a unifying theoretical foundation and road map for couples’ therapy. Based on the concept of the vulnerability cycle and a multi-level framework, this intersectional map will focus on an integrated systemic/intrapsychic approach to help couples disentangle their gridlocks and move from impasses to intimacy. Special attention will be given to the individual psychology of each partner, power dynamics, and sociocultural and intergenerational factors that inform the partners emotional positions and interactions. Classes will focus on theory, specific interventions, video demonstrations and case discussions. This in-person program will train clinicians on how to work with common challenges couples face today related to dilemmas of communication, intimacy, sexuality, infidelity, open relationships, gender traps, money matters, division of labor, and interracial/intercultural dynamics. Video demonstrations and case presentations will offer a platform for learning and discussion.

The learning objectives are as follows:

  • Provide a coherent integrative framework and intersectional road map for couples’ therapy.
  • Examine sequentially interactional, contextual, intrapsychic, and intergenerational dimensions of couples’ struggles and impasses.
  • Assess individual intrapsychic and mutigenerational dynamics of each partner.
  • Consider the impact of culture on the partners’ assumptions and expectations.
  • Focus on critical contextual variables (e.g., race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion/spirituality, age, ability, etc.) that inform couples’ struggles.
  • Provide tailored interventions for dealing with dilemmas of intimacy, infidelity, sexuality and more

Curriculum

The Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Couples Therapy consists of eight (8) 3-hour classes, which will meet in-person on Mondays from 3:00 pm—6:00 pm (ET), beginning October 07, 2024 and ending December 9, 2024. It is geared to beginners and also advanced experienced practitioners.

Method of Teaching

The methods of teaching will include didactic classes, readings, discussion, videotape demonstrations, and case consultations based on clinical cases presented by trainers and trainees.

Certificate Program Course Dates

Eight (8) 3-hour classes, meeting in-person on Mondays, 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
October 7–December 9, 2024

Tuition and Application Fee

  • Tuition for the 2024-2025 academic year is $1,800.00.
  • Please note that the $100.00 application fee is waived for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Financial aid is not available.

View our Program Policies

Continuing Education (CE) Credits

Ackerman is approved to provide CEs for psychologists, social workers, and marriage and family therapists in New York State. Also, the Ackerman Institute for the Family is an AASECT-Approved Organizational Provider of CE credits. The Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Couples Therapy will provide up to 24 CE credits.

Please note that you must attend classes in their entirety and complete an evaluation to receive CE credits.

Certificate Eligibility

To be eligible for our Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Couples Therapy, you must have a minimum of a master’s degree in a licensable mental health profession.

Teaching Faculty

This in- person course is led by Michele Scheinkman and co-taught by an internationally acclaimed faculty comprised of Jean Malpas, Suzanne Iasenza, Mary Kim Brewster, and Keren Ludwig.

Michele Scheinkman, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Director for the Couples Therapy Program

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Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT

Couple & Family Therapist

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Suzanne Iasenza, PhD

Psychologist

Mary Kim Brewster, PhD

Psychologist

Keren Ludwig, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Application Process

To apply to our in-person Post-Master’s Program in Couples Therapy, we require the following:

Deadline is September 30, 2024. Upon submission of all application materials, decisions will be made within ten (10) days.

Program Policies

For inquiries, please contact:

Michele Scheinkman, LCSW, Director of Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Couples Therapy
Email: mscheinkman@ackerman.org

FAQs: Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Couples Therapy

Applications are now open for the certificate program. The deadline for application submission is September 30, 2024

To apply to our in-person Post-Master’s Program in Couples Therapy, we require the following:

  • Minimum of a master’s degree in a licensable mental health profession
  • A resume
  • A completed application ($100.00 application fee is waived for the 2024-2025 academic year)

Financial aid is not provided for this course.

The Ackerman Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on donors and earned revenue to work toward our mission. The full expense of training at Ackerman is subsidized by the generosity of our donors. Your tuition fees cover only a small portion of this expense. We thank you for investing in your professional future and for supporting the Ackerman Institute for the Family.

Upon submission of all application materials, decisions will be made within ten (10) days.

The certificate program will provide up to 24 CE credits.

We understand that some applicants will be completing their master’s degree in advance of the course start date. We will consider applications with proof of a pending master’s degree.

If you have not yet received your master’s degree, you may upload a copy of your official transcript or a certificate of graduation letter from your master’s program. A degree must be provided at the time of enrollment.

Most questions can be answered by reading our Couples Therapy Certificate Program Policies.

If you have more questions about applying to the certificate program, contact our admissions department: admissions@ackerman.org