The Money Factor and Couple Therapy

Many of the issues we deal with as clinicians touch on the powerful issue of money. As mental health professionals, we almost always shy away from pursuing the thread of financial matters with clarity and purpose. When revealed, this last taboo of therapy tells a compelling story that sheds light on ingrained patterns of interaction and operational premises of couples. Looking at every day, unaddressed money issues in a new and direct way provides a window to understand relational patterns that can make or break couples. It gives a new perspective on life cycle events like death, divorce, and remarriage, and allows for reconfiguring how one both constructively manages and communicates, or destructively acts out financial matters.

This workshop will provide participants with tools to pursue financial discussions with couples and an understanding of their personal relationship to money. The Ackerman Relational Approach is employed with a specific focus on money, gender, and the nature of relationships.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the intersection between money and couples and utilize difficult life transitions that bring financial implications to create life changes
  • Enhance ability to explore and access relational patterns through financial patterns
  • Increase self-awareness of participants’ relationship to money as well as their clients


Judy Stern PeckJudith Stern Peck, LCSW, is a prominent family therapist and family business consultant. She is the Director of the Money and Family Life Project at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, was a participant in the consultant referral service on the Council on Foundations’ Family Foundation Services department, and received “Fellow” status by FFI, the professional organization for Family Business Consultants after her 20+ years of experience working with family businesses and family foundations. Judy’s received a BA from Finch College, an MSW from Yeshiva University, and received a post-graduate certificate in family therapy from the Ackerman Institute for the Family.

Date / Time:

Friday, October 11, 2019
10:00 am–4:00 pm

Continuing Education:

5 CE Contact Hours

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