The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy:
Integrating Attachment, Differentiation and Neuroscience

After completing this course you will be able to:

  1. Integrate core concepts from Attachment, Differentiation and Neuroscience into work with couples.
  2. Diagnose the developmental stage of a couple’s relationship.
  3. Select stage-appropriate treatment interventions in your work with couples.
  4. Describe how to actively control and contain conflict in your office with hostile, angry partners.
  5. Decide when couples therapy is the treatment of choice and know how to get couples work off to a strong start, while avoiding common pitfalls.
  6. Identify and assess early attachment patterns and explain to couples why understanding this is crucial to how they interact with one another.
  7. Recognize four common ways couples manage anxiety that inhibit their growth and result in chronic problems of depression, withdrawal or addictions.
  8. Describe entrenched blame and withdrawal patterns.
  9. Apply effective empathy between partners who have become disengaged.
  10. Describe to couples the role of the limbic system in increasing the intensity of their fighting.
  11. Differentiate between differentiation and individuation.
  12. Locate vulnerability to shift entrenched hostility.
  13. Discuss the role of the “limbic brain” in couples conflict.
  14. Establish effective treatment plans with passive aggressive partners.
  15. Explain the origin of passive aggressive dynamics.
  16. Develop effective limit setting with the spouse of the passive aggressive partner.
  17. Utilize effective repair strategies for couples recovering from an affair.
  18. Utilize Gestalt methods to resolve internal conflicts.
  19. Examine individual conflicts that impede relationship growth.


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

The course costs $127.00 per month for 12 months. A 10% discount is available for participants who choose to pay for the entire year at one time.

For full course details, and to register, click here now.

Registration fee covers 2 written lessons per month delivered online, one 90-minute clinical call per month, recordings of past conference calls, client handouts, bonus calls, ongoing discussion on blogs and conference calls, optional peer consultation groups, 15% discount on all Couples Institute products.

If participants withdraw within the first 30 days, they can request and receive a complete refund of the first months' fees. If they decide to withdraw at any point after that, they will have continued access to all materials until 30 days from their last payment, and their credit card will not be charged again.


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.


How to Get Your Completion Certificate

The Institute for Better Health (IBH) 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 our technical support team at (800) 258-8411.

1. After enrolled in the class, you will receive an instructional page with a specific web link included to access your post course completion website. By following this link, you will arrive on the IBH-Join Event webpage.

2. In the first field provided, enter the email address you used to register for the course.

  • If this is your first time logging into the IBH event page, you will need to complete all required fields including your address.
  • Returning attendees only need to enter your email address. Type your email address and hit ENTER on your keyboard. This will direct returning attendees straight to your customer account page.

3. The course you recently completed will be pre-populated into your account. Click on the “Certificate” button located below the title of the course.

4. A pop-up menu will appear with the next steps. You will need to complete these steps from top to bottom (post-test, evaluation, affidavit).

5. Click “Download your Certificate,” or have your certificate emailed to you. 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.


The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy: Integrating Attachment, Differentiation and Neuroscience

36 CE hours

The Institute for Better Health has been approved as a provider of continuing education by the organizations listed below. IBH as the approved sponsor maintains responsibility for the distance learning educational activity offered and for following the standards and regulations for the organizations listed below (except where otherwise noted) for 36 CE hours.

IBH is approved by the State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (License #168-000119). IBH 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 Better Health, Inc, 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 36 contact hours. CA State Counselors and MFTs may receive CE credit hours through reciprocity with APA and ASWB.

The Institute for Better Health accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, (BRN Provider CEP#2672) for 36 CE hours.

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

Institute for Better Health, #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 Better Health 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 36 clinical continuing education clock hours.
Institute for Better Health 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 36 contact hours. Provider #0091. As an approved continuing education provider for the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners, IBH 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.

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

Institute for Better Health, 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 (UNA-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.

Ellyn Bader and Peter Pearson have no relevant financial relationships.


Technical Requirements

Participants must have an email address and access to a computer with internet.



This course is for mental health professionals at a beginner level with a year or more experience in couples therapy.