Advanced Training and Consultation Group
16 hours
Michelle Wangler Joy, MA, MFT

Course Goals and Objectives

  • Identify questions to avoid in the initial session, and ways to get off to the most powerful start.
  • Describe differentiation and how it applies to managing the various ways couples get stuck.
  • Clarify the true meaning of a couples team and generate collaboration.
  • Recognize the role that neuroscience plays in couples negative patterns, and how to apply appropriate interventions.
  • Provide a framework for developing new capacities in each partner.
  • Explain how to use the Initiator Inquirer Exercise.
  • Identify motivational strategies for conflict avoidant patterns.
  • Determine productive interventions for blaming and critical couples.
  • Define the structure of effective negotiation.
  • Interpret results from diagnostic tools and apply interventions accordingly.
  • Describe how to work with resistance and various defenses using Gestalt


Course fees, including what is covered, and deadlines for cancellations and refunds

This is a 8-month class that meets once a month during the academic year. The fee for the year is $830.00, payable in two installments –  $415.00 prior to the first session, and then the final payment of $415.00 due in early January prior to session 5. To reserve your place in this training group, we request a deposit of $100, which will be part of the first installment. For those who want, we offer a 10% discount if the full fee is paid prior to the first session.

Course fee covers instruction and handouts.

The group is kept small for maximum personal attention. Coursework builds on material taught in previous sessions, so it is impossible for newcomers to join late, should a member decide to withdraw. For those reasons, refunds are not given except in the most unusual cases, personally approved by the instructor.


General Instructions/Requirements for CE/CME Participants

You must attend the course in full in order to receive CE credit. No partial credit will be awarded.
Please sign in and out each day. If you do not sign both in and out, you will not be eligible to receive credit.


How to Get Your Completion Certificate

IAHB has created a user-friendly, time-efficient online process for evaluating the course and receiving your certificate of completion. Three steps are described below. If you have problems or questions, contact IAHB's technical support team at (800) 258-8411.

  1. Please allow up to four weeks from the conclusion of the workshop for your post-test (if applicable) evaluation and certificate to be available online. Once this information is posted online, you will receive an email with a link to complete the post-test (if applicable) and evaluation.
  2. Once this is completed and assuming you passed the test, your CE Certificate will appear on your screen for printing.
  3. You may return at any time to reprint your certificate if needed.


For Other Questions or Grievances

If at any point you have any other concerns, grievances, or questions please contact The Couples Institute office by phone at (650) 327-5915 or via email at [email protected].

Please also let us know if you would like to request accommodations for individuals with disabilities.


Accreditation Information

The Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior (IAHB) has been approved as a provider of continuing education by the organizations listed below. IAHB as the approved sponsor maintains responsibility for the live educational activity offered and for following the standards and regulations for the organizations listed below (except where otherwise noted) for 16 CE hours.

IAHB is approved by the State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (License #168-000119). IAHB has been approved by the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists to provide CE offerings for MFTs. Provider Number 154. Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior, Inc. (IAHB) is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0063. This course has been approved by the NY State Board for approval for 16 contact hours.

CA State Counselors and MFTs may receive CE credit hours through reciprocity with APA and ASWB.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, (BRN Provider CEP#2672) for 16 CE hours. The Institute for Advancement of Human Behavior accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

IAHB is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  IAHB maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

IAHB SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of CE for licensed Social Workers. This course has been approved by the NY State Board for approval for 16 contact hours. Provider #0091. As an approved continuing education provider for the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners, IAHB offers continuing education for Texas licensed social workers in compliance with the rules of the board. License No. 3876; MC 1982, PO Box 149347, Austin, TX 78714, (512) 719-3521. Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior, #1426, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 3/16/2017– 3/16/2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 16 clinical continuing education clock hours.

NOTE: Many state boards accept offerings accredited by national or other state organizations. If your state is not listed, please check with your professional licensing board to determine whether the accreditations listed are accepted.


Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

The Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior, Inc. is responsible for the content, quality and scientific integrity of all CE/CME activities certified for credit. When an educational activity is offered for medical (CME),  Nursing (ANCC) and/or Psychology (APA) continuing education credit, participants must be informed  as to the source, amount, nature, and disposition of any funding used to support the activity, whether  in the form of educational grants, cash contributions, or in-kind contributions.

Individuals in a position to influence course content must also disclose whether they have one or more relevant financial relationships with individuals and companies who have a financial interest in activity content.

All those in a position to control the content of an education activity are asked to disclose any relevant financial relationships they have with any commercial interest.

Michelle Wangler Joy, MA, MFT has no relevant financial relationships.


Target Audience

This course is intended for mental health professionals at an advanced level in couples therapy and who have completed the foundation training in the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy and have several years of experience in the practice of couples therapy.