Program:
Advanced Couples & Sex Therapy Seminar - Case Consultation

Course:
Advanced Couples & Sex Therapy Seminar - Case Consultation

Dates:

Runs concurrent with Part I: InterAnalytic Couples Therapy (July-Dec.) and Part II: Human Sexuality, Sex Education & Sex Therapy (Jan.-June). Registration covers one six month course.

Location: 

UCLA - room location varies and will be provided each week. 

Description:

The Advanced Couples & Sex Therapy Seminar - Case Consultation class is offered to all mental health professionals, and is designed to incorporate multiple instructional levels (introductory, intermediate and advanced). Participants include the residents and students who are enrolled in the Couples & Sex Therapy Training Program from 12:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  

Morning Seminar - 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
  • Ron Crane, MFT
Afternoon Seminar - 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Walter E. Brackelmanns, MD 
  • Wendy Cherry, Psy.D

Registered students can attend either or both seminars each week.

The goal of this seminar course is to assist students who are interested in working with couples in therapy, or who have gained fundamental knowledge and seek to refine their skills and become more comfortable understanding and working with couples. Students attending this course are strongly encouraged to present actual couples therapy cases for consultation. There will be case conferences, direct case consultation and role play.


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.

Instructors:

Walter E. Brackelmanns, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist, child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA, a Senior Instructor for the Extension Division of UCLA, and a mental health consultant to the Los Angeles Unified School District. He is the Director of the Couples and Sex Therapy Clinic, the Coordinator of the Couples and Sex Therapy Training Program, and Instructor of the Inter-analytic Couples Therapy Course at UCLA. He has worked for 30 years developing and teaching a unique and practical approach to couples therapy, both nationally and internationally.

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 has been training with Dr. Walter Brackelmanns for the last fourteen years, teaches at Ryokan College, and is a part of Dr. Allan Schore's study group. 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 must attend each class in the Advanced Couples & Sex Therapy Seminar in order to meet the requirements for AACAST Certification. Participants are currently allowed to miss three (3) classes in this seminar, but must demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills in the four levels of interaction in IACT, and the four sexual issues addressed in HSSEST. 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, 14419 Riverside Drive, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 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.



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