From Impasse to Intimacy: An Advanced Course/Consultation Group for Couple Therapists

In this intimate advanced course/consultation group, participants will learn to use the Vulnerability Cycle (VC) as a major tool in their clinical work. Based on an integrative framework, multi-cultural  conceptualization of intimacy, and video clips presented by Michele Scheinkman, LCSW, combined with case presentations by the participants, the focus will be on how to use the VC to:

  • Help couples articulate, define  and prioritize their unique expectations
  • Identify and overcome intimacy blocks

Learning Objectives:

  • Track and interrupt reactive patterns
  • Transform frustration and anger into narratives of possibility
  • Facilitate negotiations towards a better intimate fit


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.

Date / Time:

8 Mondays:
September 17 and 24; October 1, 8, 15, 29; November 5 and 12

2:30 pm–4:30 pm

Continuing Education:

16 CE Contact Hours

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Alumni of the Ackerman Externship Program and all current Ackerman trainees are eligible for discounted workshop tuition. Please contact the Training Department to register.

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