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Sunday, September 8, 2019 through
Sunday, November 17, 2019


Adelphi University
Social Work Building, Room 302
1 South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530-0701

Demystifying Couple Therapy: Three User-Friendly Models of Treatment

Part of Adelphi University’s Derner School of Psychology Postgraduate Program in Couple Therapy Seminar Series.

Option for remote participation via video teleconferencing.

10.5 CEU credits upon completion of the 7-session program.

Individual psychotherapy theories and techniques are helpful but are often insufficient to conduct couple therapy. 

Participation in these seminars will familiarize you with models of treatment that regard the couple relationship as a third entity: the relationship is the Patient. This perspective takes into account the unique dyadic dynamics that make couple work both interesting and quite challenging. 

The seminars will cover theoretical underpinnings and clinical techniques of three distinct approaches to couple therapy with two meetings dedicated to each:

  • Internal Family Systems
  • Object-Relations
  • Integrated Systemic-Psychoanalytic

This six-meeting seminar will be followed by a round-table discussion between the instructors and participants. Taken together, a close examination of these three perspectives will provide clinicians with a clear understanding and effective tools for couple treatment. 

This seminar is designed for professionals and graduate students in mental health fields of psychology, social work, mental health counseling, psychiatry, marriage and family therapy, and nurse practitioners in psychiatry. 

No prior experience treating couples is required.   

Tuition Cost

$630 for 7 sessions, 90-minutes each session (No partial registration is offered.)

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Class Dates/Times

Classes will meet on alternate Sunday mornings from 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. from September-November 2019.

  • September 8
  • September 22
  • October 6
  • October 20
  • November 3
  • November 17

Round Table Discussion: December 1, 2019


Faculty from the Adelphi Postgraduate Couple Therapy Program will lead the seminars:

Art Mones, Ph.D., ABPP, an approved Supervisor, AAMFT and a certified IFS Practitioner, will focus on the Internal Family Systems Therapy model.

Carl Bagnini, LCSW, B.C.D., founding and senior faculty at the International Psychotherapy Institute in Washington, D.C., will present An Object Relations Approach to Working with Couples.

Michael D. Zentman, Ph.D., Founding Director of the Postgraduate Program in Couple Therapy and faculty in the Postgraduate Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, will discuss an integrated Systemic-Psychoanalytic Approach to Couple Treatment.

Credentialing Information

Registrants will receive 10.5 CE credits. Adelphi University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Adelphi University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  The Adelphi University School of Social Work is a co-sponsor of this event and is recognized by the New York State Board of Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032. Participants who attend this conference will receive 10.5 CE credits. No partial credits can be offered.

Cancellation Policy
Full refunds are issued for cancellations made up to 7 working days before the event. Cancellations of less than 7 days for any reason, or no-shows are not refunded.  Credit towards a future event/workshop are issued for cancellations less than 7 days and up to 24 hours before the event.  No credit is issued for cancellations less than 24 hours before the events or no-shows.

Accessibility Statement

The Student Access Office ensures equal access to all of Adelphi University’s programs, services and facilities for students with documented needs. Through assistance, advocacy and reasonable accommodations, the office provides an accessible and supportive campus environment.

The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance.

If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation.

Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy. 

For further information, please contact the Student Access Office at 516.877.3806 or

For further information about the program, please contact:

Michael D. Zentman, Ph.D
p – 631.754.3880
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