When You Need More than Zoom in the Room: Deepening the Effectiveness of Online Couple & Family Therapy with Creative Engagement

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How do we reduce defensiveness, anxiety, and aggression in a relationship? How do we replace these negative energies with deeper communication, empathy and insight?

This workshop is designed to teach the integration of  verbal and nonverbal methods of expression in an effort to reduce destructive reactivity within relationships and to replace old behavior patterns  with self-awareness, self-regulation and  empathy. We will explore the impact of somatic transference and counter-transference within relationships. These methods can be particularly helpful for online sessions.

Our theory is that the more ways we can interact with our clients, and the more open we are to ourselves, the richer and more satisfying the therapy will be for all.

In this connection the workshop will introduce the use of visualization, breath, sound, creative expression and role playing as part of the treatment process.  Through mind/body techniques  a climate that supports mutual understanding of self and other  is made possible.

These methods are designed to help both therapist and client to melt away defensive stances and move in the direction of genuine connection and mutual understanding.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe three non-verbal interventions for use with couples in on-line treatment sessions.
  2. Identify two interventions that can reduce defensiveness in on-line couple therapy sessions
  3. Distinguish between  each of the following: visualization, creative expressions, and role playing

Workshop Information


October 1, 2023


10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. EST


Online, live via Zoom


3 CEUs available for New York State Psychologists, Social Workers LMFT and LMHC


$75 – General Admission
$50 – Derner Alum, Adelphi faculty/clinical supervisor, Non-Adelphi psychoanalytic Candidate/student
$25 – Derner student/Postgraduate candidate

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


Fran J. Levy, Ed.D., LCSW, BC-DTRFran J. Levy, EdD, LCSW, BC-DTR

Dr. Fran J. Levy has her Doctorate in the Integration of the Arts in Psychotherapy. She is a Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist, Psychodramatist and a Diplomate in the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work. She has been creatively interweaving the arts into her work as a psychotherapist for over 30 years.

Dr. Levy is the author of Dance Movement Therapy: A Healing Art (AAHPERD, 2005) and senior editor of Dance and Other Expressive Art Therapies: When Words Are Not Enough (Routledge Press, 1995). Dr. Levy teaches internationally and her books have been translated into several languages and are used as textbooks in graduate and undergraduate programs in the United  States and abroad. 

In her private practice she works with adults and also supervises clinicians in the use of verbal and nonverbal approaches to psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Michael D. Zentman, PhD

Dr. Michael Zentman  is the founding director of the  Adelphi Postgraduate Program in Couple Therapy and an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Derner School of Psychology Postgraduate Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy  Dr. Zentman has presented workshops and seminars on a variety of subjects including the treatment of primitive and disorganized  couples, the integration of psychoanalytic and systemic couples theory, and  managing infidelity in marital treatment.  His publications include articles and chapters on couples therapy and the impact of the Holocaust on the practice of psychoanalysis.

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. 

Cancellation Policy

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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Hy Weinberg Center, 220
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