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Integrative Couple and Family Therapy Certificate



Earn a certificate in Integrative Couple and Family Therapy from St. John's University in New York City! 

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.

Program Application Individual Module Registration

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.

Please e-mail [email protected] for scheduling information.

  • Integrative Couple and Family Therapy Program Application (PDF)
  • Individual Module Registration (PDF)

Schedule of Workshops

Spring 2019

Module 5: Families, Children, and Teens at Risk; Neil Grossman, Ph.D., ABPP
Two sessions; Fee: $170.

Module 6: Chronic Illness in the Family: Clinical Health Psychology Integrative Work; Eduvigis Cruz-Arrieta, Ph.D.
One session; Fee: $85.

Module 7: Gay Couplehood; Gil Tunnell, Ph.D.
One session; Fee: $85.

Model 8: Integrative Couple and Family Therapy with Diverse Populations; Peter Fraenkel, Ph.D.
Four sessions; Fee: $340.

Module 9: Sex Therapy: Mastering the Basics and Beyond; Joel Block, Ph.D., ABPP
Three sessions; Fee: $255.

Module 10: Psychodrama and Trauma: An Integrative Family Therapy Model; Evelyn Rappoport, Psy.D.
Two sessions; Fee: $170.

Module 11: Emerging Technologies and Families: Beyond Control and Embracing Curiosity; Art Nielsen, M.D.
One session; Fee: $85.

Module 12: Ethics; Terrence Patterson, Ed.D., ABPP
One session; Fee: $85.

Module 13: Practical Application (Part II): Further Opportunity for Formulating and Conceptualizing Own Assimilative Family Model; Patricia Pitta, Ph.D., ABPP
One session; Fee: $85.

About our Faculty

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. Dr. 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, Dr. 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. Mr. 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. Dr. 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).

Peter Fraenkel, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at The City College of New York. He is also on the faculty of the Ackerman Institute for the Family, where he has directed the Center for Work and Family for over a decade, and in private practice in New York City. Dr. Fraenkel received the 2004 American Family Therapy Academy's (AFTA) Award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice, and AFTA's 2012 award for Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy. He is the author of Sync Your Relationship, Save Your Marriage: Four Steps to Getting Back on Track (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011) and co-author of The Relational Trauma of Incest: A Family-Based Approach to Treatment (Guilford, 2001). Dr. Fraenkel is an advisory editor for the journal Family Process, a contributing editor for The Psychotherapy Networker, and past Vice President of AFTA. He lectures nationally and internationally, and has been widely featured on the topic of couples and families in popular press.

Neil Grossman, Ph.D., ABPP, is a clinical and forensic psychologist specializing in children and families. Dr. Grossman is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Academy of Couple and Family Psychology. He has a Diploma in Family Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology and specializes in working with children and families as well as the area of forensic psychology. Dr. Grossman was on the faculty of St. John’s University and taught as adjunct faculty at C. W. Post, Hofstra and Pace Universities. He also was faculty in the Family Therapy program of the Long Island Institute of Psychoanalysis and the Pederson-Krag Psychotherapy Institute. Dr. Grossman chairs the Psychology and Law Committee of SCPA. He is the President of the Parenting Coordination Association of New York, as well as Past President of the Forensic Division of NYSPA, the Academy of Family Psychology, Council of Specialties in Professional Psychology. He was a Board Member of the American Board of Professional Psychology, American Board of Family Psychology, Division of Family Psychology, New York State Psychological Association, and Suffolk County Psychological Association. The forensic part of his practice is focused on collaborative divorce, divorce mediation, parenting coordination and the family’s recovery from divorce. He assists families to create durable parenting plans and solve parenting issues.

Art Nielsen, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and couple therapist. He is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, as well as on the faculty of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and the Family Institute at Northwestern University. An author of more than 30 papers in the fields of psychiatry, psychoanalysis, and couple therapy, Dr. Nielsen's new book is A Roadmap for Couple Therapy: Integrating Systemic, Psychodynamic, and Behavioral Approaches

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. Dr. 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, is a board-certified couple and family psychologist. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Family Psychology, a licensed clinical psychologist, and a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Pitta is in private practice in Manhasset, NY. Her book, Solving Modern Family Dilemmas: An Assimilative Family Therapy Model (Routledge, 2014), discusses the AFT model and its application throughout the lifecycle. She is a clinical adjunct professor at St. John's and Director of the Integrative Couple and Family Therapy Program. Dr. Pitta has received numerous awards throughout her career and has appeared as an expert on television, online, and in print media. 

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. Dr. 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. Dr. 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. Dr. 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. Dr. Walkup has contributed to the Ladies’ Home Journal column, “Can This Marriage Be Saved?” and has been interviewed by CNN InternationalThe New York Times, and The New Yorker. He focuses on helping couples work through the trauma of infidelity. Dr. Walkup’s website is Dr-Jim.com. 

Director of Office of Postgraduate Professional Development Programs

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Rafael Art. Javier, Ph.D., ABPP

Marillac Hall, Room 402B
Tel: 718-990-1972/5460 
Fax: 718-990-5485
[email protected] 

Director of Integrative Couple and Family Therapy Program

St. John's University crest on the top of the gate

Patricia Pitta, Ph.D., ABPP

Marillac Hall, Room 402B
Tel: 718-990-1972/5460 
Fax: 718-990-5485
[email protected]