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Part I: Inter-Analytic Couples Therapy (IACT)

  • 11 Jul 2019
  • 12:15 PM
  • 12 Dec 2019
  • 3:00 PM
  • UCLA - Semel Institute, 1st Floor, Room 17-416


Part I: Inter-Analytic Couples Therapy (IACT) is a six-month, two-quarter course offered to all mental health professionals, and is designed to incorporate multiple instructional levels (introductory, intermediate and advanced). The first segment of each class is a lecture with a Power Point slideshow (1.25 hours), and the second segment is a DVD of actual couples therapy sessions (1.25 hours). This will include single sessions of different couples. There will also be question and answer periods and role-playing segments. Students take a 15 minute break between class segments. Other topics covered include Modern Attachment Theory, Affect Regulation Theory, and therapy with the LGBTQ and other multicultural populations.

Learning Objectives

1. To provide a comprehensive educational program that will train licensed mental health professionals of all disciplines to become both a skilled couples therapist and a skilled sex therapist.

2. To integrate a couples therapist and a sex therapist into one mental health professional.

3. To integrate the disciplines of couples therapy and sex therapy.

4. Apply the theory and technique of a psychoanalytic/psychodynamic and interpersonal model of couples therapy to clinical work;

5. Integrate the material presented into the participant’s own framework of understanding and working with couples;

6. Apply specific skills to treat couples in different life and relationship stages;

7. Recognize the most difficult issues in couples therapy and select effective interventions;

8. Practice technique through role-playing dyads.

Educational Goals:

This course is designed to help participants:

1. Provide mental health professionals with techniques that effectively integrate couples therapy and sex therapy in a clinical practice.

2. Provide new competencies and knowledge to mental health professionals by presenting new research findings (i.e. neuroscientific, psychomotor, psychobiological) and integrate these findings into existing education, theoretical models, and clinical approaches to the field of couples and sex therapy.

3. Advance existing skills and competence in the field of couples and sex therapy to better equip mental health professionals to serve the needs of the public.

4. Promote research endeavors by mental health professionals in the field of couples and sex therapy in order to contribute to the discipline of psychology as a whole.


Ron Crane, MFT, a Marriage and Family Therapist, received his Bachelor of Science and his Master of Science degrees from Kansas State University. He has done extensive post-graduate work at the University of Missouri, the University of Southern California, and the University of California at Los Angeles. He received a Doctor of Laws Degree, LLD (honoris causa) from International College in 1980 for his contributions to the Mental Health profession. Ron has been in the practice of psychotherapy for over forty-five years with special interest in: Individual and Couples Therapy, Gay and Lesbian Therapy, Sexual Therapy, and Addiction Therapy. He has been involved with: Sexual Abuse Treatment Centers, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Youth Shelters and Family Services, the South Central Los Angeles Mental Rehabilitation Center, and various addiction treatment programs.

Wendy Cherry, Psy.D., a licensed psychotherapist, is the co-founder of AACAST, and the Co-Director of the Couples and Sex Therapy Training Program. She trained with Dr. Walter Brackelmanns for seventeen years, is a part of Dr. Allan Schore's Developmental Neurobiology and Clinical Application Study Group, and has taught at universities and colleges in the LA area. Dr. Cherry has developed an expertise in the neuroscientific theories of relationship and clinical treatment of insecure attachment organization. She has the distinction of being trained in both business management and as a mental health professional. Prior to her work in the field of psychology, Wendy created and directed one of the very first Internet companies, becoming a well-known speaker and media expert on internet issues in the Los Angeles area.

Satisfactory Completion: Participants are currently allowed to miss two (2) classes in the Inter-Analytic Couples Therapy lecture series, but must complete the required reading for the missed class(es) and watch the DVD of the missed class(es) in order to meet the stated learning objectives. Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in for each class, completed an evaluation, and signed out of each class in order to receive an attendance certificate.

Refund Policy: All course cancellations and requests for refunds must be made in writing. Telephone requests will not be honored. Letters and/or an e-mail to the Executive Director should be received no later than 15 days prior to the first day of the course to receive a full refund of the course payments. An exception is made in the case of an emergency situation defined as the death or illness of registrant or a family member. In case of emergency, a full refund will be issued. In the case of a withdrawal from the course after the course has started, for any reason, the refund will consist of a prorated amount based on attendance, minus a $50.00 administrative fee. All refund requests should be made in writing and sent to: AACAST, Attn: Wendy Cherry, Executive Director, 15639 Woodfield Place, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 or by e-mail at Wendy@aacast.net.

Accommodations for Disabilities: Participants who have a disability and require special assistance should contact Wendy Cherry, Psy.D. by email at Wendy@aacast.net or by phone at (818) 990-5000.

Grievances, issues, or concerns regarding the conference or registration should be addressed in writing and submitted to Wendy@aacast.net.

The American Association of Couples and Sex Therapist (AACAST) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #133064) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. This course meets the qualifications for 44 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. AACAST maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

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