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D.S.W., Adelphi University (1977)

Recent Courses

Advanced Social Work Practice With Individuals In Family Contexts
S/T: Advanced Social Work Practice With Couples

Teaching Specializations/Interests

Associate Clinical Professor, Postgraduate Program in Marriage and Family Therapy, Derner Institute, Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y. (2000-present).

Associate Professor, Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City, N.Y.(1984-present).

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, N.Y.U. Medical Center, New York, N.Y. (1983-2010).

Editorial Board, Journal of Strategic and Systemic Therapies, (1981-1993).

Faculty, Family Therapy Institute of Washington, D.C. In association with Jay Haley and Cloe Madanes, supervised mental health professionals in strategic family therapy (1980-1990).

Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research(IPTAR)1971-1976.

For two years was Chaplain(1st Lt.),Combat Engineers,U.S.Army.

Other Scholarly/Artistic Work

" How to be a Successful Failure as a College Teacher",Adelphi Online Faculty Newsletter(Fall 2006 Edition).

"'You Wouldn’t Even Say Hello’ or My Three Joining Principles”,Journal of Systemic Therapies (Winter, 1993).

“Ten Tried and True Methods to Achieve Burnout”,Family Therapy Networker (September/October, 1992).

“Passionate Stalemates”, Family Therapy Networker (May/June, 1989).

“The Ghandi Technique: A New Procedure for Intractable Problems”,Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (Vol. 13, No. 3, 1988).

Introduction to Special Edition: "Humor and Strategic Therapy”,Journal of Strategic and Systemic Therapies (Vol. 7, No. 9, 1988).

“Retrospectives of a Strategic Therapist Who Likes Shredded Wheat”, Family Therapy Networker (September/October, 1986).

“International Politics and Family Systems: Some Observations of Tactics”, International Journal of Family Therapy (Vol. 2, No. 4, 1980).

“The Importance of the Second Interview in Marriage Counseling", The Counseling Psychologist(Vol.5 No.3,1975).

“I Taught Him to Swear”,Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy (Vol. 11, No. 1, 1975).

“You Have to Know Who is Who”, Journal of Family Counseling (Vol. 2, No. 1, 1974).

“Deepening Our Counseling”, Journal of Family Counseling (Vol. 1, No. 2, 1973).

Honors and Accomplishments

Awarded $5000.00 prize as the outstanding teacher at Adelphi University for 2003-2004.


Sex, Love and Violence, Madanes, C., W.W. Norton Publishers, New York, 1990. Case of a couple in therapy.(R.Belson, therapist).

Problem Solving Therapy, Haley, J., (Second Edition) Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, 1981. First session of a marriage therapy. (R. Belson,therapist).

Strategic Family Therapy, Madanes, C., Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, 1981. Case of a depressed man.(R. Belson ,therapist).


New York Magazine (June 15,1992) Full page interview.

New York Times (July 9,1989). Full page interview.

Professional Activities

-Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development, Adelphi University School of Social Work(Nov.2009)."Thoughts of a Strategic Therapist Who Likes Shredded Wheat:How to Use Strategic Therapy to Solve Individual,Couple and Family Problems"

-Mannerheim League, Helsinki, Finland (October, 1988). Invited to the largest family therapy agency in Finland for a three-day workshop.

-Washington, Philadelphia, Detroit, Houston, Louisville, Seattle, Nashville, Kansas City, Tampa Bay, Greensboro, Hartford (August 1985 – August 1986).
Invited by Jay Haley to join him in a series of workshops on Strategic Therapy.

-Institut fur Ehe und Familie, Zurich, Switzerland (July, 1983). Invited for a two day workshop on family therapy.

-Munich Institute of Psychoanalysis, Munich, Germany (June, 1983).
Invited for a one day workshop on Strategic Therapy.

-Adelphi University NY Statewide Breast Cancer Support Group(September,2009)."Coping with Anxiety and Depression-Techniques You Can Use to Feel Better"

-Hofstra University, Graduate Program in Marriage Therapy (March, 2004).
“Strategic Therapy with Sexual Problems”

-Adelphi University School of Social Work (November, 2003).“Nuances of Teaching”

-Samuel Field YM & YWHA (June, 2003).
“Humor with Elderly Couples”

-Adelphi University School of Social Work, Keynote Speaker, Two-Day Conference on Couples and Families (April, 2003).
“Intensity, Chaos, Humor and Redemption: 30 Years of Working With Couples and Families”

-Michigan Home Based Family Service Association: Keynote Speaker (November, 1994).“The Healing Power of Humor”