Never again wonder what to do in a couples session
Train with pioneers of Couples Therapy and discover how the Developmental Model can advance your work
Our world-class couples therapy training is so effective that we’ll let you try it out risk-free for 30 days to prove that it will work for you.
When you join before January 7, 2022 at 11:59pm Pacific Time, you will receive ONE free month of training!
Stepping Stones to Intimacy – a helpful handout you can share with your clients. It reassures them and normalizes the challenges they face
The Overview of the Developmental Model – your roadmap for couples therapy sessions
30 day risk-free trial.
Never again wonder what to do in a couples session
Train with the pioneers of Couples Therapy and discover how the Developmental Model gives you a roadmap to advance your work.
risk-free for 30 days to prove that it will work for you.
See for yourself how the Developmental Model can help you diagnose couples’ issues – including what they’re not telling you – and tailor your interventions to exactly what’s needed in the moment.
Wouldn’t it be nice to log on at any time and join a case consultation or watch a video roleplay that tells you exactly what to look for in situations where you feel stuck?
It took me years of hard work and informal research, and thousands of clinical hours, but I created a breakthrough model that can help you identify what stage of relationship the couple is in, look underneath to see exactly what’s wrong, and then give the kind of targeted intervention that couples actually need – not the one they say they want.
If couples are stuck in negative patterns, recurring fights, or “we can’t communicate,” this model shows you what to do, when to do it, and why you're doing it so you can become one of the most confident therapists you know...
I’ve taken the absolute best and most effective strategies from over 30 years of clinical experience and developed a breakthrough training program that removes the guesswork from Couples Therapy. The Developmental Model integrates the latest findings in neuroscience, attachment theory, and differentiation theory into one model you can learn at home, in the office, or even on the go.
This high-touch, world-class program offers you…
A private, Members’ Only area with 24 in-depth written lessons, hundreds of hours of case consultations, client handouts, roleplays, a vibrant community of like-minded therapists, and more.
Here’s What You’re Going to Get:
Live Clinical Sessions
Exclusive Video Demonstrations
Members’ Case Consultations
36 CE Hours
Guest Speaker Calls
This Program is a Magnum Opus Created by one of the
Leading Pioneers of Couples Therapy, Dr. Ellyn Bader
Ellyn has co-authored two books. The first one, In Quest of the Mythical Mate, was awarded the Clark Vincent Award by the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists for its outstanding contribution to the field of marital therapy and has been reprinted more than 20 times. She has been featured on over 70 radio and television programs including The Today Show and CBS Early Morning News, and she has been quoted in The New York Times, The Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan and many more.
Developmental Model Training Is Currenty Full. Get on the Waiting List. We’ll notify you when we open the training.
Janet Congo, MFT, Coto de Caza, CA
Yinlayefa Adeleke, Principal Counselor, Lagos, Ajah, Nigeria
Nathan Hardy, PhD, LMFT, Stillwater, OK
Shobha Ranganath, Holistic IFS Couples Coach, Empowered Wellbeing IFS Coaching, Berkeley, CA
Common Questions About Our Training
Most healthcare professionals can earn 36 hours of Continuing Education credit by completing this course. Please read the course objectives, accreditation, and other information before registering.
Yes! The integration of attachment theory, differentiation theory, and neuroscience has proven to be compatible with therapists I have trained throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America. Our training receives consistent and enthusiastic feedback that it enhances and supports other approaches of working with couples.
Likely not. Over the years, the therapists who have gone through my training typically include novices through seasoned therapists. The feedback we get is that therapists on all levels appreciate the understandable ways our strategies and interventions can be immediately applied to their own practice.
If you work mainly with individuals, you will learn a lot that will influence how you approach your individual clients who are depressed, angry, or stuck due to their relationship problems. There is a special training section to show you how to apply the Developmental Model to individual clients and their relationship issues.
Not unless you have done extensive training with me in the Developmental Model already. The consistent feedback I get, even from therapists who have been in long-term practice, is how valuable these concepts are along with the opportunity to get feedback as you integrate them with your actual clients.
The training can benefit a wide variety of professionals who work with individuals in relationships or with couples. Past participants have included Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Marriage Counselors, Clergy, Mental Health Counselors, Relationship Coaches, and more.
Most therapists – myself included – feel some anxiety about using technology. I’ve worked hard to be sure that our materials are very user-friendly. And our office staff is patient with beginners. So don’t let it scare you; jump right in!
You can ask questions throughout the training program. I stay on the monthly phone calls to answer all the questions you have, and my team also monitors the questions asked on the blog around the clock.
With many online courses there is no interaction with the instructor. You can’t ask questions about a specific case you’re working with. You can’t get elaborations on especially relevant interventions. There is no way to ask, “Now what?”
Our training is different. We look forward to talking with you and answering your questions about clients you’re working with and interventions that we’ve seen successful. Therapists who have gone through our program also share they enjoy the support they receive from peers in our online community.
At a workshop or conference, you generally will not get your specific questions answered completely. It isn’t the environment where you can continue to ask deeper and deeper questions until they are answered. You can’t, generally, have conversations with the presenter as they have too much material to cover and too many people who want their attention. You cannot even call the instructor after the workshop and say, “Wow, what you taught was really great, now how can I apply the interventions to my particular case?” A workshop is not designed to be comprehensive.
However, our program is designed to be comprehensive. This is what makes us so different. Our training includes all of this and much more!
In our experience, you will need this time to implement, experiment, and learn how to apply the interventions and strategies with confidence.
As I mentioned before, skillful couples therapy is not mastered in the occasional workshop or reading good books and articles. This prolonged format gives you the big picture and then time to apply specific strategies to specific situations. As your confidence grows, you will need different feedback. A longer training program allows you to get support through your evolution. Most participants spend about 4 hours each month to read and digest the material and calls.
The truth is you need two things to be successful – not just with couples, but also in almost any area of your life. The first is knowledge of how to achieve the success. The second is the dedication to acquire and apply that knowledge.
Check Out What Other Therapists Are Saying...
Ann Veilleux, MSW, LCSW, Madison, WI
Shannon Seeley, LCSW, Soquel, CA
Vickie Vann, LCSW, San Francisco, CA
Jeremiah Gibson, LMFT, Quincy, MA
Meg Luce, LMFT, Grass Valley, CA
Jules Comeault, MA, Gatineau, QC
Elany Mueller, LMFT, Pasadena, CA
“The Developmental Model provided a roadmap to understanding my couples and their relationships in a very different way. This facilitated much more directed and effective interventions on my part. It was exciting to see that, more and more in my work, each person was onboard to take on more accountability for their role in the relationship impasse.
Interestingly, I believe that this has also been an important year for my own growth. I find myself showing up differently in my relationships, and love practicing more of what I preach!”
Linda Lipshutz, MS LCSW ACSW, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
What You Receive In The Developmental Model Training Program
Value Per Item
12 Live Training Sessions & 8 Special Training Sessions
8 Live Bonus Training Calls with Guest Experts
8 Videos of Real Client Sessions by Dr. Ellyn Bader and Dr. Peter Pearson
100 Plus Archived Training Calls with Dr. Ellyn Bader
82 Archived Bonus Calls with Guest Experts like Dan Siegel, Esther Perel and others!
30 Client Handouts to Support Your In-Session Work
Being part of a Supportive Therapist Community
Investing in your Professional and Personal Growth
Even More Priceless!
Value of the Program
Total cost of The Developmental Model Training Program with Dr. Ellyn Bader
$147/month ($1,764) OR one payment of $1,499 (SAVE $265)
Iron Clad Guarantee:
Developmental Model Trainees in 66 Countries Worldwide
“My only regret is that I had not signed on sooner. I look back on a few couples I have seen over the years and wonder how different the outcome might have been if I'd known then what I know now.”
Helene Beddingfield, LMFT, Fair Oaks, CA
Lori Collins, MFT, Redwood City, CA
Claudine Hull, Registered Integrative Counsellor, BACP, East Sussex, UK
“This training was well worth the time, energy and expense. Every lesson opened up my clinical insights and skills. I have been in practice nearly 40 years and still devoured the materials like a young and eager college student.
Madge Flynn, LCSW, PhD, Fayetteville, NY
“My experience with the program has been excellent. I have a very busy schedule and the program is always available to me when I am ready. I have acquired new skills and insight into couples therapy. I certainly notice the difference!!!”