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Integrative Couple and Family Therapy Program
The Office of Postgraduate Professional Development Programs offers the Integrative Couple and Family Therapy Certificate Program. Students in the program learn the most current practices and professional knowledge within the field of couple, family, and sex therapy to help modern families and couples resolve issues. The curriculum consists of relevant, comprehensive, and practical workshop modules that accommodate practitioners’ busy schedules.
St. John’s University is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education programs for psychologists (CE), enabling attendees to complete CE credits and supervision hours for attendance at the workshops. Those who complete 60 credit hours of workshops in the program, including modules one and nine, will receive a Postgraduate Certificate in Integrative Couple and Family Therapy.
Workshops are scheduled on Fridays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Rafael Art. Javier, Ph.D., ABPP, Director
Patricia Pitta, Ph.D., ABPP, Coordinator
Marillac Hall, Room 402B
Module 1: Expanding Your Marital and Family Therapy Skills in Modern Families: Through Assimilative Family Integration, Patricia Pitta, Ph.D., ABPP
Five Sessions: 9/15/17, 6/22/17, 9/29/17, 10/13/17, 10/20/17
Learn how to conceptualize Integrative Family and Couple treatment through the Assimilative Therapy Model (AFT), which identifies a systemic home theory and integrates interventions and concepts from other theories. Application of the AFT model will be explored through the life cycle with a special focus on context and common factors and their role in treatment with modern families. Tools will be offered to assist in the process of integration (contextual, resistance and case conceptualization questionnaires, session-by-session video presentation of cases and treatment and a session by session treatment guide).
Module 2: Emotionally-Focused Therapy: Generating Emotional Safety in Couples; Katherine Stavrianopoulos, Ph.D., LMHC
Five Sessions: 10/27/17, 11/3/17, 11/10/17, 11/17/17, 12/1/17
This course will provide an effective model for treating couples, informed by Bowlby’s Attachment Theory. Participants will learn basic concepts of Emotionally Focused Therapy, identify the stages and steps of treatment, formulate problematic cycles of interaction, and help couples end cycles of blame and disengagement so that they can restore and deepen their emotional bonds.
Module 3: Functional Family Therapy (FFT) for At-Risk Children and Adolescents; Katherine Fackina, Ph.D.
Two Sessions: 1/12/18, 2/9/18
This course will provide a detailed overview of Functional Family Therapy (FFT) applied to the treatment of children and adolescents. Emphasis will be given to assessment and conceptualization of risk and protective factors within and outside the family system to promote adaptive functioning based on a foundation of respect and acceptance. Learning modalities will include interactive discussion, case presentation, and other cooperative learning activities.
Module 4: Healing the Tsunami in the Wake of Infidelity; Jim Walkup, D.Min., LMFT
Two Sessions: 3/2/18, 3/23/18
When your new client calls to say, “I have just discovered my spouse’s text messages,” do you plunge in with confidence? Drawing from the research of Shirley Glass, Don Lusterman, Janis Abrams Spring, and Tammy Nelson, you will learn to: ask the right questions; find ways to normalize the feelings; work through the rage and guilt; rebuild trust to savor new moments of bridge-building; listen to and share cases. Seventy-five percent or more of the couples who complete this course of therapy see the affair as both the worst thing that has happened to them and the best.
Module 5: Sex Therapy: Mastering the Basics and Beyond; Joel Block, Ph.D., ABPP
Five Sessions: 3/30/18, 4/6/18, 4/13/18, 4/20/18, 4/27/18
This course will emphasize psychological interventions that can be used effectively for treating sexual disorders in men and women, preferably conjointly, but individually when conjoint is not an option. Ample time will be allotted for course participants to interact around treatment issues with the course leader and with each other.
Module 6: Opening Up to Profound Moments in Your Therapy; Jim Walkup, D.Min., LMFT
Two Sessions: 5/4/18, 5/11/18
Integrating the work of Victor Frankl, Don Kalsched, and Kenneth Pargament, you will learn: to approach their search for meaning and values with humility, curiosity and respect; to take a spiritual inventory when appropriate; to help clients explore their childhood punitive introjection of parents onto God; to help clients live out their values with integrity in dealing with guilt, shame, and forgiveness around issues like infidelity.
Module 7: Emerging Technologies and Families: Beyond Control and Embracing Curiosity; Gonzalo Bacigalupe, Ed.D., M.P.H.
One Session (WebEx): 5/18/18
The adoption of emerging technologies by families as well as clinicians is evolving, extensive, and having a profound impact on self, family, and community. The digital landscape is, however, often envisioned with fear and a desire to control its impact. We will discuss what we know about emerging technology adoption, the challenges and opportunities, as well as the tools that could strengthen our systemic practice. A conversation about our own digital identity will lead the second part of our conversation into an exploration of how healthcare professionals and patients are utilizing the online tools.
Model 8: Psychodrama and Trauma: An Integrative Family Therapy Model; Evelyn Rappoport, Psy.D.
One Session: 6/1/18
Psychodrama presents a coherent and innovative way of accessing unformulated states (what some may refer to as unconscious state of individuals). It is particularly powerful when employed in our work with families and their systems. This workshop will feature the psychodrama “When Alice meets Eve in the Garden of the Known and Unknown” as a model for conceptualizing and clinically working with traumatic states, both in the family system and in all other societal groups.
Module 9: Ethics; Terence Patterson, Ed.D., ABPP
One Session: 6/8/18
This course will examine how ethical issues related to couple and family therapy vary in significant ways from those related to individual therapy. Ethical dimensions of confidentiality, informed consent, secrets, commingling of records, equity, and collateral contacts require special consideration and management to serve clients best and avoid malpractice.
Module 10: An Object Relations Approach to Child, Couple, and Family Treatment; Carl Bagnini, LCSW, BCD
Three Sessions: 1/19/18, 1/26/18, 2/2/18
Object relations theory is applicable to individuals, families, and groups. Object relations concepts guide therapists by helping them to understand patients’ unconscious experiences and how internalized experience affects external relationships. Clinical material will illustrate this powerful approach to treatment, and students will be encouraged to share case vignettes, comments, and questions.
Course Title and Instructor
PCFT 900: Expanding Your Marital and Family Therapy Skills in Modern Families: Through Assimilative Family Integration
Instructor: Patricia Pitta, Ph.D., ABPP
PCFT 901: Emotionally-Focused Therapy: Generating Emotional Safety in Couples
Instructor: Katherine Stavrianopoulos, Ph.D., LMHC
PCFT 902: Functional Family Therapy (FFT) for At-Risk Children and Adolescents
Instructor: Katherine Fackina, Ph.D.
PCFT 903: Healing the Tsunami in the Wake of Infidelity
Instructor: Jim Walkup, D.Min., LMFT
PCFT 904: Sex Therapy: Mastering the Basics and Beyond
Instructor: Joel Block, Ph.D., ABPP
PCFT 905: Opening Up to Profound Moments in Your Therapy
Instructor: Jim Walkup, D.Min., LMFT
PCFT 906: Emerging Technologies and Families: Beyond Control and Embracing Curiosity
Instructor: Gonzalo Bacigalupe, Ed.D., MPH
One Session (WebEx):
PCFT 907: Psychodrama and Trauma
Instructor: Evelyn Rappoport, Psy.D.
PCFT 908: Ethics
Instructor: Terence Patterson, Ed.D., ABPP
PCFT 909: An Object Relations Approach to Child, Couple, and Family Treatment
Instructor: Carl Bagnini, LCSW, BCD
Gonzalo Bacigalupe, Ed.D., M.P.H., a licensed marriage and family therapist in Massachusetts, is Professor of Counseling and School Psychology and Director of the family therapy program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is also an approved supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and a Massachusetts Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Certified Assessor. Bacigalupe is a fellow of both APA Division 43 and Division 52, a past president of the American Family Therapy Academy, and an AAMFT clinical fellow. He holds an M.P.H. in Family and Community Health from Harvard University School of Public Health, an Ed.D. in Consulting and Counseling Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology from Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. In 2007, Bacigalupe won an Award in Recognition of Exceptional Contribution to the Profession of Family Therapy from the Massachusetts Association of Marital and Family Therapy.
Carl Bagnini, LCSW, BCD, is founder and senior faculty member of the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) in Washington, DC and Long Island, NY. He maintains a private practice in individual, couple, and family psychoanalysis in Port Washington, NY. Bagnini also serves on the faculty of Adelphi University’s Gorden F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies. He is the author of Keeping Couples in Treatment: Working from Surface to Depth (J. Aronson, 2012), as well as numerous papers and book chapters related to object relations.
Joel Block, Ph.D., ABPP, is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in couple, sex, and family therapy. He is board-certified in both counseling psychology and family and couple therapy, and holds a Ph.D. in Counseling and Clinical Psychology from Syracuse University. Block is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. He is the author of numerous books related to couple, sex, and family therapy, including: Broken Promises, Mended Hearts: Maintaining Trust in Love Relationships (McGraw-Hill, 2000); Naked Intimacy (McGraw-Hill, 2002); and The Art of the Quickie: Fast Sex, Fast Orgasm, Anytime, Anywhere (Cambridge, 2006).
Katherine Fackina, Ph.D., serves as psychological and clinical coordinator within a multi-site private practice. She received her Ph.D. in Family Psychology and Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Degree in Professional Counseling from Seton Hall University, a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the College of St. Elizabeth, and specialized training in traumatic stress management from the University of Maryland. Fackina is an adjunct professor at both Seton Hall and Felician University. Her publications include contributions to The Family Psychologist and chapters in the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy (Springer). Her clinical experience includes work with individuals, couples, and families in a wide range of environments that include hospitals, community, legal, and private clinical settings.
Terence Patterson, Ed.D., ABPP, is a licensed and board-certified psychologist in California. He holds a certification in family therapy from The Family Therapy Institute, an M.S.W. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an Ed.D. from the University of San Francisco. Patterson is an APA fellow and past president of the APA Division of Family Psychology. He is also past president of the Association of Family Therapists of Northern California. Patterson recived the APA’s Distinguished Contributions to Family Psychology award in 2002 and the Florence W. Kaslow Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Family Psychology in 2006. He is a Professor of Psychology at the University of San Francisco and serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Family Therapy.
Patricia Pitta, Ph.D., ABPP, coordinator of the Integrative Couple and Family Therapy program at St. John’s University, is a clinical psychologist board-certified in family psychology. She is a fellow of the Academy of Family Psychology and an AAMFT approved supervisor. She is also an adjunct clinical professor at St. John’s. Pitta received the New York State Psychological Association’s Distinguished Service Award and the Family Therapist of the Year Award from the Long Island Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Her biography was included in the 2008 edition of Who’s Who in America. She is the author of Solving Modern Family Dilemmas: An Assimilative Therapy Model (Routledge, 2014), in addition to numerous book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals. Pitta is in practice in Manhasset, NY, where she specializes in the treatment of couples, families, and individuals from an Assimilative Family Therapy model. She supervises therapist both in person and online nationally and internationally.
Evelyn Rappoport, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis specializing in the treatment of individuals, couples, and families, as well as family-owned businesses. She is also a clinical supervisor and visiting faculty member at Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem, Israel, and an adjunct faculty member and supervisor at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. Rappaport holds a Psy.D. with distinction from Yeshiva, a certificate in family therapy from the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, and a postdoctoral certificate in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy from NYU.
Katherine Stavrianopoulos, Ph.D., LMHC, is a licensed psychologist and mental health counselor in New York. She holds a certification in couple and family therapy from the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy, and is a certified EFT therapist and supervisor as one of the founding members of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), currently serving on the Board of Directors. Stavrianopoulos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Services at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She has authored articles related to EFT and teaches the EFT model to therapists in Greece.
Jim Walkup, D.Min., LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist in New York. He serves as President of the NYC Metro Chapter of the AAMFT. Walkup holds a Doctorate of Ministry from Andover Newton Theological Seminary and is certified by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He formerly directed the Counseling Center in Bronxville, NY and served as Vice President of the Foundation for Religion and Mental Health. Walkup has contributed to the Ladies’ Home Journal column, “Can This Marriage Be Saved?” and has been interviewed by CNN International, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. He focuses on helping couples work through the trauma of infidelity. Walkup’s website is Dr-Jim.com.