Online Training

Dr. Bader offers an innovative couples therapy training program specially designed for therapists who live too far away to attend our local groups. This 12-month course by Internet and telephone includes ongoing personalized answers for your unique challenges, plus written lessons and conference calls. It’s called, “The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy: Integrating Attachment, Differentiation, and Neuroscience in Couples Therapy.”  The course meets requirements for 36 hours of continuing education for most healthcare providers. Click couples therapy training for more information or to register.


Training and Consultation Groups

We also have training opportunities for couples therapists in our Menlo Park, California office. Groups run from September through May every year.  Click Training and Consultation Groups for more information.


Expand Your Practice as an Associate Therapist

We are currently looking for skilled therapists to join our team as independent contractors. Benefits include membership in our advanced training. Click Associate Therapist Position for more information.


Upcoming Workshops for Professionals

April 2018

High-Impact Couples Therapy: Breakthrough Results with Your Most Challenging Couples. See choice of dates and locations below.

Difficult couples challenge therapists with their aggressive entrenched patterns and their ongoing regression and difficulty changing. Partners in these couples also test therapists with their self-absorption, their high sensitivity to confrontation, their demands for intimacy and their limited capacity to support the intimacy they desire.

Where, why and how do so many relationships get stuck and what can you do about it?

Spend two days with Drs. Ellyn Bader and Peter Pearson learning how to use the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy to sustain positive momentum with difficult couples. Learn to take a strong leadership role so your clients change faster and are more collaborative with you and each other.

Two locations plus one live webcast:

April 12-13 In Vancouver, British Columbia

April 19-20 In Portland, Oregon

Click here to register.

May 2018

Couples Conference in Oakland, California, May 4-6.
Listen, learn, ask tough questions, network with colleagues, and get out of the confines of your office. Check out for more information.

June 2018

The Art of Transforming Challenges in Couples Therapy, June 29 – July 1.
Join Ellyn and Pete for a special weekend of great food, yoga and walking in the Redwoods while learning how to face tough challenges with your clients. All of this will take place in a unique beautiful new learning center in Santa Cruz County, California – 1440 Multiversity!

Book the Doctors to Speak

Pete and Ellyn present keynote speeches and workshops at conferences around the world. Contact our office if you are interested in scheduling Pete and/or Ellyn to speak at an event.

In addition to our training opportunities described here, we have a selection of professional resources for couples therapists. You can see them here.

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