Couples Therapy Training and Consultation Groups

Refine your skills, increase your effectiveness, increase the rewards of couples therapy. Learn and practice with your own cases. Consultation groups run each year between September and May. These groups teach the Bader-Pearson Developmental Model in an integrated way, using your own cases. The group levels range from beginning to advanced so that regardless of your experience in couples therapy, you will grow as a therapist. Groups are small (average 8-10 participants) to ensure personal attention for optimal learning. The intermediate and advanced groups require the instructor's approval to join. A new series begins in September. Contact our office before then if you are interested in joining a group because these small groups fill up early.


The Foundation of Couples Therapy

In this group led by Catherine Bloomfield, MA, MFT, you will learn and practice the developmental model of couples therapy.

You'll discover how to assess common couples problems, how to normalize problems to couples and how to create a collaborative approach to change. Topics include: the initial interview, diagnosis and assessment of couples stages, establishing goals in couples therapy, the Initiator-Inquirer process, working with hostile-dependent and conflict-avoidant couples, passive-aggressive partners, and narcissistic and borderline individuals in couples therapy. Read the course objectives, accreditation, and other details about CE before enrolling.

We will meet at The Couples Institute in Menlo Park, CA, once a month from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on the following Mondays in 2016-2017: September 26, October 10, November 14, December 12, January 9, February 13, March 13, April 3, and May 8.

The class meets once a month for nine months, and the fee for the series will be $950.

If you would like to join this group please contact our office. This small group fills early.

Group leader, Catherine Bloomfield, was originally licensed in Minnesota as a psychologist in 1980, and became licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 1992 after moving to California. She has taught numerous courses and workshops for married, engaged, and committed couples. Cathy has been affiliated with The Couples Institute since the year 2000 and has led this group since 2007.


Advanced Training and Consultation Group

Therapists who have completed training in the Developmental Model are eligible to join this advanced training group, led by Michelle Wangler Joy, MA, MFT.

You will learn how to take charge with the endlessly blaming couples, gain traction with the conflict avoidant couples, confront defenses in a way that is illuminating for everyone in the room, and guide entrenched couples out of destructive communication patterns.  You’ll also sharpen your skills in using the Initiator-Inquirer exercise, as both an assessment and intervention tool, to foster teamwork and collaboration.

The class meets once a month for eight months, and the fee for each session is $105. We will meet in Menlo Park from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on the following Wednesdays in 2016-2017: September 21, October 19, November 16, December 14, January 18, February 15, March 15, April 13.

Read the course objectives, accreditation and other details about CE before enrolling.


For Therapists in the Vancouver, BC, Area:
Bader-Pearson Developmental Model Couples Therapy Training

In this 9 month training group led by Sue Diamond Potts, M.A., you will have an opportunity to learn and practice the developmental model of couples therapy created by Drs. Ellyn Bader & Peter Pearson of the Couples Institute. You will be able to assess developmental stages and approach couples’ problems from a developmental perspective, using a collaborative approach that empowers your clients.  You will discover how to stay in charge with challenging hostile couples, the addicted partner as well as the passive-aggressive partner. It’s an extremely effective approach to couples therapy that you won’t want to miss. It will give you confidence, a clear & concise roadmap for change and effective tools for helping couples realize their relationship goals. Sign up now as space is limited.

Course meets in Vancouver, BC,  Sept 16, 2013 – May 5, 2014 and costs $97 per month. To learn more about this course and register visit


Ellyn and Peter are occasionally available for one-time consultations, in person or by phone, if you are struggling with a difficult case. You'll get confidence and clarity from their ability to analyze the situation and suggest helpful interventions. Scheduling is usually best with ten days' notice. Contact our office for a consultation.

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