1st Year Curriculum 

The first year of the FACTS two year training program is taught by Ella Lasky, PhD, Marty Babits, LCSW, BCD and Judith Friedman, EdD.

First Year Training Topics Include: 

  • Our integrated model synthesizing systems, structural, attachment, relational, and other approaches
  • Introduction to using systems theory
  • Using attachment theory
  • Learning how to intervene
  • How to assign tasks
  • Therapeutic communication
  • Family life cycle theory
  • Bowenian theory
  • How generational transmission works
  • Understanding and using genograms
  • Ethnicity, social class, and gender as it relates to family and couples work
  • Neuroscience for clinicians
  • Understanding transference and countertransference
  • Object relations theory
  • Trauma theory
  • Internal family systems theory and practice
  • Up to the minute psychopharmacology
  • Dealing with sexual issues

2nd Year Curriculum/Modules 

The second year of the training program is taught by an array of different teachers who specialize in the topic they are teaching. Below is a selection of modules taught in the second year of the 2-Year Training Program.

*Those who are not in the FACTS training program but would like to take a module listed below, can certainly do so! You can register for up to two modules per year. For pricing and registration, please e-mail

Sexual Trauma

Sexual Trauma taught by Rachel Youree, LCSW

The module that I teach is “Sexual Trauma in Couples Therapy”.  This course provides an introduction to the assessment and treatment of sexual trauma.

Using EFT as the model for treatment, students will learn the basics of attachment theory, and the identification and management of PTSD symptoms.  Treatment planning options will be discussed and illustrated in the discussion of two cases from my practice.


Gender taught by Ella Lasky, PhD

In this module we will explore how men and women express their emotional issues differently, the different stressors on men and women and the cultural mandates on each gender.

We will look at how these different expressions of feelings make it difficult for men and women to understand one another and elicit negative responses from their partners.

We will also explore our own internalized ideas of maleness and femaleness, such as how each of us,

In the role of therapist, react when a patient expresses stereotypical and non-stereotypical feelings or behaviors.


Parenting taught by Linda Bradley, LCSW and Alison Kalfus, LCSW

This module focuses on theory and practice of issues that emerge in parenting for couples, or single parents.  Case examples are presented to give a variety of issues that arise. Class discussion is encouraged.


Affairs taught by Linda Bradley, LCSW

This module focuses upon the most up to date theories on the subject of infidelity as it occurs in couples.  Case examples are presented to illustrate and to foster class discussion.

Divorce and Mediation

Divorce and Mediation taught by LouAnn Smith, LCSW

This module will provide an overview to the developmental challenges divorce presents to all family members. Through case material, participants will learn about normal regressions evoked and present in this crisis/process as well as feelings/behaviors and enactments present largely due to earlier unresolved issues.  The topic of parental alienation will be examined and a case for mediated divorces (as opposed to litigated divorces) will be made with the goal of educating clinicians who may work with this population.

Chronic Illness

Chronic Illness taught by Eva Kant, LCSW

This module will provide an overview of the various and important issues arising when individuals and couples are faced with the challenge of dealing with chronic/life-limiting illness.  Treatment approaches will be discussed and case examples will be examined.

LGBTQ Issues

LGBTQ Issues taught by Sheila Josephson, PhD

This module will examine the differences between working with gay couples compared to straight couples. 

Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders taught by Janet David, PhD

This module is suitable for practitioners with varying levels of experience. It covers the history of the relationship between FACTS and CSAB, and the need for an integrated, multi-discipline approach to treatment. It reviews the dynamics of an eating disorder as seen in families, such as ‘enmeshment’, ‘intergenerational transmission of symptoms’ and family secrets. Readings are assigned and case material is presented, as well as discussion of how to use genograms. Participants are encouraged to bring in anecdotes from their own practices.

Somatic Approaches to Couples Therapy

Somatic Approaches to Couples Therapy taught by Judi Price, LCSW

This course will focus on utilizing mindfulness and various techniques from somatic modalities to facilitate the body’s inherent capacity to heal. We will explore elements of somatic experiencing, sensorimotor psychotherapy, AEDP, IFS, parts work, stabilization and grounding techniques from EMDR, and discuss how they can be utilized in working with couples and families. As we learn to decrease activation in the nervous system by employing tools and techniques such as those listed above, we are able to increase the range of resilience or window of tolerance and establish more adaptive self-regulation of emotions. Experiential exercises and case material will be offered. 


Psychopharmacology taught by Carl Boyer, MD

This series of psychopharmacology lectures provides an overview of the primary medications used to treat the DSM categories, such as mood disorders, bipolar-spectrum disorders, ADHD-spectrum disorders, and addictions that family and couples therapists are most likely to encounter in their work with clients. Side effects, indications, risks, and benefits of each drug are briefly outlined, and ample time is provided for case discussion and questions.


Alcoholism taught by Alison Kalfus, LCSW

This module is on working with couples and families where there is alcoholism or chemical dependency, looking at both intra-psychic issues, and systemic dilemmas. 

Narrative Therapy

Narrative Therapy taught by Judith Friedman, EdD

The module on Narrative Therapy derives from the work of Michael White and David Epston who introduced to the field of psychotherapy a way in which the client can be separated from his/her diagnosis.   This model of treatment allows for the utmost creativity as the therapist leads the client to a sense of self greater and healthier than the perception of self as problem-focused and/or mentally ill.  

Sexual Issues in Couples Therapy

Sexual Issues in Couples Therapy taught by Juliana Neiman, LMFTh

This course will provide an overview on understanding how to begin to diagnose and treat sexual dysfunctions. The course will include discussion about the unique difficulties of doing sex therapy for the therapist- The definition of female and male sexual dysfunctions- The physiology of the human sexual response- The models of sexual behaviors- How to diagnose and evaluate if the couple does actually present with a primary sexual dysfunction or the dysfunction is a symptom of a deteriorated relationship that has to be addressed before sex therapy is started.  Discussion will include treatment of each dysfunction- Exercises and Questionnaires used in session- as well as bibliography and videos recommended to the couple.

Special attention will be given to emotions such as anger and resentment- shame and guilt- inhibition and low self-body and self-esteem- as well as sexual trauma and illness.

Cases will be discussed.


IFS taught by Marty Babits, LCSW, BCD

IFS (Internal Family Systems) was originated by Richard Schwartz. It entails an innovative therapeutic technique and a profoundly humanistic perspective on work with trauma.  The purpose of including an introduction to IFS in our curriculum is to familiarize you with this useful treatment perspective and,perhaps, whet your appetite for further study of the model. 


Step-Family taught by Brendan Rodstrom, LCSW


The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.