Integrative Couple Therapy: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice

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The purpose of this course is to equip postgraduate mental health professionals with a systematic integrative approach to couple therapy.

Integrative couple therapy utilizes insight-oriented, experiential, and action-based techniques in a deliberate, client-centered fashion, providing maximal flexibility and resourcefulness to address the wide range of challenges and distress levels couples present.  The course will review the most prominent theories and associated practices in couple therapy, including intergenerational, psychodynamic, structural, cognitive-behavioral, experiential, and narrative therapies.  It will then present an overview of different forms of integration (theoretical, common factors, technical eclecticism, assimilative, and multiperspectivalism), and several prominent integrative approaches that combine two or more of the basic theories and associated practices.  The instructor’s own widely-published approach — Therapeutic Palette Integrative Couple Therapy – will be discussed in depth. Special attention will be devoted to creating and maintaining the therapeutic alliance from an integrative perspective.  Therapy with a wide range of distress levels — from happy couples seeking skills to prevent destructive conflict and enhance mutual understanding, to those on the brink of relationship dissolution, will be discussed.  The course will combine lecture, videotape demonstrations, role play, and discussion.

Part of the 2022-2023 Postgraduate Program in Couple Therapy Seminar Series.

Seminar Information


Nov. 16, 30, 2022, Dec. 7, 14, 21, 2022, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 2023


9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EST


Online, live via Zoom





Registration will close 48 hours prior to the start of the event.


Peter Fraenkel, PhD

Peter Fraenkel, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychology at City College of New York; former faculty at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and NYU Medical Center; and is in private practice in New York City.  . He is the co-author of The Relational Trauma of Incest: A Family-Based Approach to Treatment , Sync Your Relationship, Save Your Marriage: Four Steps to Getting Back on Track, and of the forthcoming book Last Chance Couple Therapy: Bringing Relationships Back from the Brink.  Dr. Fraenkel lectures and conducts therapist trainings internationally.  He received the American Family Therapy Academy’s 2012 award for Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy and AFTA’s 2004 award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice.  He is a former Vice President of AFTA, and a reviewer for several family therapy journals.

Credentialing Information

Adelphi University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Adelphi University maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Adelphi University, Derner School of Psychology, is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0024 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0607 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0185 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0083.

Disclaimer Statement

This continuing education seminar, seminar instructor/s, and the Postgraduate Programs as the seminar’s sponsor, receive no commercial support for the content of instruction (e.g., research grants funding research findings etc.), or benefit for endorsement of products (e.g., books, training, drugs, etc.) that are known to present a conflict of interest.

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Full refunds are issued for cancellations made up to 7 working days before the event. Cancellations of less than 7 days for any reason, or no-shows are not refunded. Credit towards a future event/workshop are issued for cancellations less than 7 days and up to 24 hours before the event. No credit is issued for cancellations less than 24 hours before the events or no-shows.

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