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The 25th Treating Couples Conference

November 10 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

| 110$ - 268$

The Intersystem Approach in Clinical Practice
November 10, 2017 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Crowne Plaza Philadelphia – King of Prussia

CFR’s CEO Emeritus, Steve Treat, gives a quick overview of the conference in this video:

A Systemic Clinical Training Conference
6.5 APA Approved Continuing Education Credits for Psychologists, MFTs, Social Workers, LPCs.  CEs are not eligible for NJ Social Work.

Conference Presenters

Gerald R. Weeks, PhD, APBB, CST, Keynote Speaker and Distinguished Guest is Professor Emeritus from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas where he was a professor in the marriage and family therapy program.   For over 35 years, he has published, conducted research, practiced, taught and supervised sex, couple, and family therapy. Dr. Weeks is a licensed psychologist, Approved-Supervisor, and Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, a Diplomate and Senior Examiner of the American Board of Family Psychology, Certified Sex Therapist of AASECT. He has published over 26 professional books, including classic texts in the fields of individual, sex, couple, and family therapy. Several of his texts are widely used in Marriage and Family Therapy Programs.

In 2009, he became the 16th member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy’s 60-year history to receive the “Outstanding Contribution the Marriage and Family Therapy” award. In 2010, the American Psychological Association awarded “Family Psychologist of the Year” to Dr. Weeks. In 2017, the revised edition of A Clinician’s Guide to Systemic Sex Therapy (with Gambescia & Hertlein) won the “Book of the Year” and the “Integrative Approach” award from AASECT. One of his major contributions to the field of couple and sex therapy is the development of a seminal paradigm of therapy known as the Intersystem Approach.

Dr. Weeks has lectured and conducted intensive training in couple and sex therapy throughout North America, Europe, and Australia.


Nancy Gambescia, Ph.D., CST is the director of the post-graduate program in Sex Therapy at Council for Relationships, Philadelphia, PA and a clinical associate and faculty member of the Center for Couples and Adult Families, Perelman School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Gambescia has over 35 years of experience in teaching, writing, supervising and working with individuals and couples, specializing in this vital and often overlooked aspect of the human experience. Dr. Gambescia is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), a certified sex therapist and supervisor of the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors & Therapists (AASECT) and a clinical member of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR).

Dr. Gambescia has co-authored six books, and numerous journal articles and textbook chapters, which focus on the relationship and sexual issues. She has presented academic lectures in the US and Europe on the Intersystem Approach and other topics related to couple and sex therapy. In 2017, Dr. Gambescia was awarded the “Book of the Year” and the “Integrative Approaches to Sex Therapy” awards from AASECT. The book award was for the second edition of A Clinician’s Guide to Systemic Sex Therapy. These awards (also given to Drs. Weeks, and Hertlein) recognized her contributions to the field of psychotherapy through the application of a systemic, integrative and comprehensive model to sex therapy.

Dr. Gambescia maintains a private practice in Rosemont, PA. specializing in individual, family, relationship and sex therapy.


Rita DeMaria, PhD., LMFT, CST is an experienced educator, author, and therapist, specializing in couple, individual, relationship and sex therapy, practicing for 35 years. Additionally, she is a dynamic faculty member at Council for Relationships (CFR),  Philadelphia, PA.  She teaches the Intersystem Approach (IA) course in the post-graduate MFT Program.  Dr. DeMaria is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at Thomas Jefferson University, a combined program with CFR.  Most recently, Dr. DeMaria most published the second edition of Focused genograms: Intergenerational assessment of individuals, couples, and families (co-authored with  Weeks, & Twist).

Dr. DeMaria is the co-author with Sari Harrar for The 7 Stages of Marriage (with Reader’s Digest). In addition,  she has conducted numerous research projects dealing with marriage and relationship education and fatherhood. She has received distinguished awards for professional excellence and community service. Rita has presented at national conferences including AAMFT and the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. DeMaria is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), a certified sex therapist of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT), and a clinical member of the Society for Sex Therapy & Research (SSTAR). She is currently on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy.  She conducts her private practice with Council for Relationships in Philadelphia and Blue Bell, PA.

New Clinical Tools for YOUR Attachment Focused Clinical Practice
Systemic Sex Therapy: Clinical ApplicationsExpanding Genograms: Intergenerational Transmission of AttachmentDeveloping an Attachment Focused Therapeutic Alliance.


Why Attend this Training Conference?

The Harmonizing Self & the System conference introduces the most current advances in the development of the  Intersystem Approach(IA), a new therapeutic paradigm. This approach provides marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, students, supervisors and others with a comprehensive framework that promotes a broader systemic approach to clinical practice.  Attending this conference will enable the participant to use this seminal clinical approach, which allows for the integration of the individual, couple, and family domains of behavior, as well as greater contextual influences.

The primary focus of this program will be on using the theory behind the IA to expand your understanding of any given client-system from a much more comprehensive and deeper level, fostering your ability to use a wider range of interventions. Additionally, we will present the use of the expanded genogram approach as a structural model that illuminates the most important aspects of psychological functioning.

Clinical interventions guided by the IA include a wide range of modalities (individual, couple, family) and other specific approaches to therapy. Thus, the IA is a systemic,  conceptual, and integrative model; it provides a framework for bridging the divide that has unnaturally separated our understandings of individual psychotherapy from couple and family therapy or systemic therapy.

The incorporation of attachment theory as part of the IA harmonizes the Self and the System and provides a conceptual framework for clinical practice.  The therapist will learn to develop an attachment based therapeutic relationship that strengthens the therapeutic alliance, which can lead to lower drop-out rates and improving treatment participation. Therapists will learn how to develop a method for establishing attachment focused treatment goals for a wide range of client-systems, which significantly adds to the types of interventions that can be used to facilitate change.

“The Intersystems Model… stands as the most ambitious integrative couple therapy model to date.”

 -Gurman and Frankel (2002)


Conference Goals
By the end of this conference, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the Intersystem Approach as an integrative framework for clinical practice.
  2. Discuss individual, couple, and family therapy modalities as well as the contextual influences on client-systems.
  3. Apply systemic sex therapy, which is based on the Intersystem Approach to a counseling case.
  4. Perform a comprehensive assessment and treatment planning based on a couple in your clinical practice.
  5. Describe and use the newly developed attachment-focused blueprint called “therapeutic posture.”


Conference Content

  • Review the Intersystem Approach (IA)
  • Introduce the Expanded Intersystem Approach using the ttachment Theory Construct as a guide for exploring the intergenerational transmission of attachment across all domains of the IA.
  • Introduce the revised and expanded text, A Clinician’s Guide to Systemic Sex Therapy, 2nd edition
  • Review Systemic Sex Therapy, 2nd. edition
  • Introduce Focused Genograms: Intergenerational Assessment of Individuals, Couples, and Families,  2nd edition
  • Discuss new concepts in the Focused Genogram Road Map
  • Use attachment theory for establishing an attachment-focused therapeutic alliance for individuals, couples, and families
  • Introduce a comprehensive guide to constructing focused genograms through the use of themes, topics, maps & timelines.
  • Illustrate the use of five focused genograms:  Attachment, Fairness, Gender, Sexuality, and Abuse-Violence-Trauma
  • Discuss Mapping and Timeline Tools:
  • The Internal Models Map depicts childhood attachment patterns for each client
  • The Couple Interaction Map represents adult attachment styles and the couple interaction infinity loop
  • The Family Connections Map portrays family attachment scripts using adult attachment styles
  • The Attachment Focused EcoMap illustrates all four domains the attachment lens
  • Timelines for each domain identifies childhood attachment experiences, adult relationship experiences, and family stages and challenges


Who Should attend?
Psychologists • Psychiatrists *  Marriage & Family Therapists – Psychotherapists – Social Workers – Professional Counselors – Case Managers – Addiction Counselors – Nurses & Occupational Therapists • Other Mental Health Professionals


Continuing Education Credits
6.5  APA Approved Continuing Education credits for Psychologists, MFTs, Social Workers, LPCs.   CEs are not eligible for NJ Social Work.

6.5 AASECT Approved Continuing Education credits


Learning Objectives:

By the end of this conference, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify the major dimensions of the Intersystem Approach.
  • Discuss how the Intersystem Approach is integrative.
  • Define how the role of attachment, as an integrative construct within the Intersystem Approach.
  • Discuss a sex therapy case integratively and systemically.
  • List how the major domains of the Intersystem Approach can be used in sex therapy.
  • Discuss the role of attachment in fostering healthy couple and family relationships in clinical practice.
  • List skills for developing a focused therapeutic alliance based on attachment styles.
  • Explain how diverse ethnic, cultural, gender, and sexual presenting problems influence an integrative treatment approach.


Registration Details
FREE and ample parking available at the venue.
There is no group rate available at the Crowne Plaza but rates are reasonable for out of town guests; you can make a reservation here.
Continental breakfast and Lunch included with registration.  Buffet lunch will provide vegetarian and gluten free choices.

Who's Attending

65 people are attending The 25th Treating Couples Conference

  • Dana Hall
  • Briana Bogue
  • Heidi Roeder
  • Diane Thompson
  • Nancy Isserman
  • Veronica Haggerty
  • Bea Hollander-Goldfein
  • John Hill
  • Bill Coffey
  • judy Heller
  • Ruth Farber
  • Abby Bronstein
  • Barry Coleman
  • Eleanor Bloch
  • Susann Fox
  • Samantha Nguyen
  • Cynthia Chestnut
  • Alexandra Canales
  • Michele Marsh
  • sue milbourne
  • Hope Nichols
  • Michael Graziano
  • Sheila Ranieri
  • Caroline Robboy
  • Pamela Pressnman
  • Marjorie Johnson
  • Judy Kaminsky
  • Abigail Van Egdom
  • Priscilla Singleton
  • Erica Hesselson
  • Melissa Rogel
  • Robin Greenberg
  • Margaret Roth
  • Sandra Bernstein
  • Madeleine May
  • Julia Bradbury
  • Marsha Friedman
  • Elizabeth Nolan
  • Steffani Brandenburg
  • Kimberlyn Watson
  • Laura Morse
  • Jayson Cooley
  • Deb D'Arcangelo
  • Amelia Innis
  • Darylevuanie Johnson
  • Adam Goodman
  • Gina Rothermel
  • Emma Steiner
  • Esther Schlessinger-Mita
  • Maisy Hughes
  • Christine Bruce
  • Grace Yoder
  • Laurel Roe
  • Leah Andreoni
  • Rina V Maschler
  • Lauren Silberman
  • Leigh Silverang
  • Sabitha Pillai
  • David Piltz
  • Susan Evatt
  • Patrice Heller
  • Tamar Port
  • Antonia Betancourt
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November 10
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
110$ - 268$
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