Professional Education

Continuing Education

Council for Relationships offers continuing education classes throughout the year for psychologists, counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, clergy and other mental health professionals. We are approved by the following organizations to sponsor continuing education:

  • American Psychological Association
  • Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors
  • New Jersey State Board of Marriage and Family Therapists

Full Calendar of 2016-2017 Continuing Education Workshops is available here


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2016-2017 Continuing Education Workshops

Course:  Trauma
Instructor: Bea Hollander-Goldfein
Date: Tuesday November 22, 2016
Time: 9:00AM – 3:00 PM
CEU’s: 5
COST: $150

This workshop will provide an overview of the field of Trauma studies through the exploration of an evolving integrated model of coping and adaptation after extreme trauma developed over the past 20 years by the Transcending Trauma Project. Important concepts in the field of trauma will emerge through this model which will also serve as an introduction to the consideration of the intergenerational impact of trauma.  The workshop will review the definition of PTSD, the expansion of PTSD termed complex PTSD and the co-existence of post trauma effects along with coping and adaptive strategies. The inclusion of the study of coping and the study of resilience has certainly addressed the skewed emphasis on pathology that characterized the field prior to the 90’s. Advances in understanding human development and human functioning, in addition to the major contributions of the new brain science, have added to our understanding of trauma’s impact. The interpersonal perspective applied to trauma studies is a logical extension of systemically oriented concepts. Treatment approaches will be discussed briefly reviewing the general principles of working with trauma individually and systemically.

Course:  Brain-Based Therapy
The Family Brain:  The Neurobiology of Intimate Relationships
Instructor: Jonathan Baylin
Date:  Friday December 2, 2016
Time:  9:00 AM-3:00 PM
CEU’s: 5
COST: $150

This workshop is designed to help therapists integrate the exciting and rapidly growing knowledge about interpersonal neurobiology into their daily practice.    The morning session will focus on a user-friendly presentation of core aspects of the “relational brain”, including the brain dynamics underlying secure attachments and lasting emotional bonds.   Participants will learn about how early parent-child relationships can promote healthy brain development and about the brain chemistry of intimate relationships, including the exciting body of research about such brain chemicals as oxytocin.   Brain development will be discussed in the context of evolved mammalian systems that support family life, starring such unlikely creatures as the prairie vole and the titi monkey.   The discussion will include: the Parent Brain, presenting a new brain-based model of caregiving, the neurobiology of  trust, mistrust and rejection sensitivity in couples. We will also focus on clinical applications of brain-based knowledge with case examples of ways to bring the brain into the therapy room.

Course: Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR Part I)
Instructors: Kimberly Ludwigsen and Kristine Seitz
Date: Wednesday December 14, 2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
CEU’s: 5
COST: $250

The SAR is a process-oriented, structured group experience which promotes the therapist’s awareness and comfort related to sexuality of the self and others. The SAR format includes lecture, explicit media, experiential activities, and small group discussions. Participation is essential since the therapist’s values and attitudes affect the quality of treatment. This experience will enhance awareness of and comfort with the diversity of human sexual beliefs. Moreover, the SAR promotes non-judgmental and respectful attitudes toward others especially those who are different from the therapist in attitudes, values, feelings, beliefs and sexual behaviors.

Course: Intimate Family Violence
Instructor: Rita DeMaria
Date: Friday March 3, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM
CEU’s: 5
COST: $150

This intensive workshop will provide a broad-based perspective on intimate family violence. Contemporary issues in working with family violence will be addressed along with specific recommendations for clinical practice. Child abuse and neglect will be discussed along with current guidelines for therapeutic intervention. The presentation will include a historical perspective, an overview of research, and practical requirements for addressing intimate family violence. Video presentations will serve to heighten awareness and increase sensitivity to these issues. Participants will be provided a directory of resources for the greater Philadelphia area.

Course: Advanced Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR Part II)
Instructor: Kimberly Ludwigsen and Kristine Seitz
Date: Wednesday March 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00
CEU’s: 5
COST: $250

An awareness and sensitivity towards the sexual values and attitudes of the self and others is promoted through this 10-hour workshop. Thus, topics related to the self of the therapist (sexual value system, comfort, knowledge, rapport, non-judgmental attitude, language, confidentiality, etc.) are emphasized through this second part of a 10-hour experiential workshop.

Course: Medical Family Therapy
Instructors:   Matt Purinton
Date: Friday April 21, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
CEU’s: 5
COST: $150

This intensive will introduce participants to the field of Medical Family Therapy. Underlying assumptions of the biomedical and biopsychosocial models of illness will be explored and their implications for the treatment of chronic illness, disability and psychosomatic disorders will be discussed. Distinctions between illness, disease and disability will be drawn and the importance of understanding these differences for patients, their families and healthcare providers will be highlighted. A model for understanding the psychosocial challenges associated with living with various diseases will be presented. Issues related to management of pain, loss, trauma and uncertainty will be examined within a framework of meaning. The concept of somatic fixation and its relevance to the treatment of chronic illness and disability will be discussed.  Application of a systemic model of family based treatment will be demonstrated, with a focus on important treatment considerations. Participants will also have the unique opportunity to experience disability from the patient and caregiver perspective.

Course: Spirituality
Instructor: Wanda Sevey
Date: Friday July 7, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
CEU’s: 5
COST: $150

It is an interesting coincidence that the Sanskrit word nirvana and the English word “spirit” both come from a root that means “wind.”  The word “spirit” means the wind sends our sails into the real life of a lived world.  Our calling as therapists is a spiritual endeavor.  We journey with our clients as they seek truth and beauty – we encourage our clients to access resources that enhance their physical, sexual and emotional well-being. Awareness of the spiritual components of our clients’ lives can be a rich therapeutic resource.  As clinicians, our own spiritual beliefs can help or hinder our clients’ journeys.  This workshop is designed to help clinicians explore and deepen their understanding of their own beliefs and worldviews and spark creative thinking about exploring spiritual themes and resources with clients.

The number of continuing education credit hours available for each program is listed with the workshop description.

Individuals must attend the entire workshop in order to receive the credit hours listed.

All of our continuing education classes are held at our University City Office, located at 4025 Chestnut Street, 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Our workshops are 100% refundable up to two weeks before the date of the workshop.