Take the next step in your training journey.

Join our Live Webinar on Friday, October 25 from 9am to 10:30am Pacific Time
to learn about the Master Mentoring Program.

Register here for our free, live webinar led by Dr. Ellyn Bader and Dr. Peter Pearson happening on Friday, October 25 from 9am to 10:30am Pacific Time.

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The Master Mentoring Program will create a transformation in your life and your practice.

“I opened up my own practice, and I filled my practice and have a wait list. Now I have the highest salary I’ve made in my life.”
Kelly Scharver, LPC
“I’d say my income has quadrupled.”
Nancy St. John, H.Dip. Counseling
“In 10 minutes he [Pete] can change your life.”
Martha Kauppi, MFT

Join an elite group of therapists and learn from two of the world’s foremost couples therapy pioneers, Dr. Ellyn Bader and Dr. Peter Pearson.

Overcome your personal blocks.

Grow your business.

Bring your vision to life.

Dr. Ellyn Bader

Dr. Peter Pearson

We are offering you a unique way to grow professionally and personally beyond what you might currently imagine or hope is possible.

Five years ago our hard won insights and successes led us to develop a one-of-a-kind training and mentoring program that jet-propels your professional success and personal development.

This is the only program we know about that integrates all three major components of success:

  • Personal Transformation to help you reach further than you ever dreamed possible
  • Business Proficiency to help you build your business and marketing skills
  • Increased Clinical Expertise to make you more effective in your practice

Let’s dive a little more into each.

Personal Transformation

Everybody has one or more persistent voices of fear, doubt, uncertainty, or unworthiness that are misguided attempts at self-protection. In this mentoring group we will help you deal directly with your personal blocks. Your creativity, resourcefulness, and self-confidence will increase by leaps and bounds.

“It’s the place where people can be raw, real, differentiated, and supported. The place where people can soar and stumble. And when you do, loving and supportive faces will be beaming back at you. I have the reins of my own life. I went from having a poverty mindset working in a group private practice based solely on managed care payments making a meager income, to owning my own practice accepting only private pay. My sessions are full with private pay clients and I have a waiting list. I got rid of my dead laptop and dead car. My personal and financial growth was exponential."

Kelly Scharver, LPC
Virginia Beach, VA

"I’m probably as personally and professionally happy as I’ve been in recent memory."

Paul McCandless, MFT
Fullerton, CA

Business Proficiency

You want to reach further and help more people. You want to have more impact in the world. You have a desire to teach, write, train, speak, or consult and these desires are pressing to be fulfilled. You don’t want a life hoping you will get enough referrals and that clients will find you and your website. You may even want to create your own institute and leverage your income. You’ll get the business and marketing skills to bring your voice and talents to a larger audience.

"I have had a personal transformation...I can do things that I could never have imagined."

Martha Kauppi, MFT
Madison, WI

"My work has transformed this year and my confidence has increased a lot."

Nancy St. John, H.Dip. Counseling
Tullamore, Ireland

"I have developed really close friends and colleagues through this group."

Paula Dennan, MSocSc, Dip Psych (Clin)
Auckland, New Zealand

Clinical Expertise

You will master vital clinical skills with difficult couples that most therapists want to refer in order to preserve their sanity. Learn how to work with these clients and you are like the battlefield surgeon who doesn’t get rattled because you have the skills and temperament to handle whatever comes your way.

"I gained so much confidence through the year and momentum to move forward."

Sue Diamond Potts, RCC
Vancouver, B.C.

“What a great feeling!! Whenever, I try to change things up and it works, I get so very excited! It's like finding a treasure after searching for the key.”

Janae Munday, LCSW
Phoenix, AZ

This program is for you if you are:

  • Ready for a year of profound personal and professional growth
  • Not afraid to strive for your ideal clinical practice
  • Not afraid of the change that comes with business and personal growth
  • Ready to push for more clinical competence with couples
  • Willing to learn about marketing
  • Willing to be part of a very sharing community

This program is NOT for you if you:

  • Are satisfied with your career and the size and impact of your business
  • Just want a few email marketing strategies and operations insights to help your business
  • Aren’t inclined to share and open up to others in a safe setting
  • Are not very interested in couples and relationship dynamics

Here's what you receive in our year-long
Master Mentoring Program

Any successful mastermind or high-performing group involves a balance between what is offered by the leaders and what is expected from participants. Valuable leadership, knowledge, and resources are offered while input, feedback, and accountability are expected.

We provide a formal, structured curriculum that teaches proven, cutting-edge strategies for your clinical, personal, and business growth inside of a nurturing, motivating, and inspiring series of live meetings and phone calls. You’ll get productive and consistent feedback from us as well as from the other group members.

The group is limited to a maximum of 10 new members each year. These new members will be in a community with returning members who give support and feedback from their successes. These returning members come back for the close community support and to continue to advance their own dreams.

In-Person Retreat Workshops

We arrange 3 two-day live workshop retreats in the San Francisco Bay Area. The focus of these meetings is integrating clinical, business, and personal development. The first meeting will be in late January.

Group Conference Calls

For each of the months that we don’t meet in person, each member can attend any or all of five optional calls to continue progress in the following areas: personal transformation, business, marketing, operations, and clinical effectiveness.

Here’s what you need to be prepared to give:

  • Your focus for one year!
  • Willingness to gain insight into barriers blocking your success
  • Collaboration, not competition: This is a supportive community where you support others and they support you

And here are the invaluable career resources you’ll have at your fingertips upon joining the group:

  • Free access to Ellyn’s year-long Developmental Model of Couples Therapy online training program
  • Free access to Ellyn’s online Advanced Training program
  • Complimentary registration at the Couples Conference, if you choose to attend
  • When you are ready, you will have full use of Ellyn’s training curriculum to run Developmental Model first-year training/consultation groups or workshops for therapists in your community
  • Full use of Pete’s Coming from the Heart Couples Workshop materials and exercises, which you can use as a “workshop in a box” or modify to fit your situation
  • A website analysis from our webmaster
  • 5 hours of consultation with our COO who is a business and systems specialist to review and improve your business operations in important areas such as hiring, communications, project management.
  • A set of all Master Mentoring Program lessons and insights to refer to and keep.

"To get to work personally in a small setting with Ellyn and Pete is phenomenal."

Alexa S. Elkington, M.A., MFT
Las Vegas, NV

Who are we?

We’re Dr. Ellyn Bader and Dr. Peter Pearson. For over 30 years, we’ve been on a mission to help stop unnecessary and premature divorces that wreck couples and tear families apart. We’ve worked with couples in the San Francisco Bay Area and have trained thousands of committed, exceptional couples therapists throughout the world in our own Developmental Model of Couples Therapy.

Dr. Peter Pearson and Dr. Ellyn Bader of The Couples Institute

What does the Master Mentoring Program cost?

You might consider the program to be expensive. It all depends on your perspective and if you look at a program like this as a cost or as an investment. We’ll go over this in our upcoming webinar and help you to understand how you can see a return on your investment as you go along.

What’s the most important aspect of the program?

We meet you where you are. 

Participants in our program over the past five years have ranged from small practice owners to owners already managing associates, thought leaders, and many more. Through the program they’ve learned how to accomplish far more than they thought they ever could. 

Some of our favorite comments so far from this year’s group have been, “Wow, can you believe where we are?” and “Remember when we were just planning names of our centers?” 

If you want to make your mark on the world of relationships, you are capable of doing so. We can help you elevate your offering and do it in a much more agreeable time-to-income trade-off.

Take the next step now.

What’s required for a few intrepid souls to join our unique Mentoring Program? A crazy level of commitment. This is not a program for casual dabbling. When was the last time you heard of getting outstanding results while giving minimal efforts?

If you would like to be considered for the 2020 Master Mentoring Program provide your contact information below. Dr. Ellyn Bader and Dr. Peter Pearson will reach out to set up a time to talk with you privately about your goals and the scope of the program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Where should I be in my business in order to join? 

There is no requirement to already have a business or to be at a certain level in a practice. We meet you where you are to develop a plan in the direction you want to go. 

    2. I don’t work with couples - can I still join? 

Yes! The program is designed to support you.

    3. What if I live far away and travel costs a lot? 

You may have the option to attend one of the in-person workshops online. 

    4. If I start, am I committed to the full year? 

Yes! You take a space when you sign up, and we invest a lot in making the opportunity work fully for you in that space. Partial year memberships are not possible.

    5. Do I have to already know and work with the Developmental Model? 

To be successful in the program, it is ideal, but not required that you are very familiar with the Couples Institute’s Developmental Model stages, techniques and insights, perhaps having been part of our community for a year or so. Access to the Level One training is included in the membership cost so that you can develop your clinical expertise with us.