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Family and Couples Treatment Services Program (FACTS)

Our training mission in the Family and Couples Treatment Services Program (FACTS) is to provide mental health professionals with opportunities to expand their skills in the treatment of families and couples. We welcome applications from clinicians who work in private practice, agencies, hospitals and free-standing mental health clinics. We have a diverse curriculum that includes a wide variety of the most current and effective practices in the field. We are committed to racial, ethnic, age and gender, and sexual identity diversity in our trainee cohorts.

FACTS Training Program

In 1982, ICP was the first NYC psychoanalytic institute to open its doors to family and couples therapy training. Back then this was an extremely radical idea forged out of ICP’s mission to address peoples’ real problems in living. From these roots FACTS – the Family and Couples Treatment and Training Service – emphasized the importance of working with clients through an empathic-relational perspective.

As the family and couples field progresses, FACTS builds on its interpersonal foundation, featuring a strength-based, solution-focused perspective. The FACTS program reflects the optimism and resilience that has characterized ICP’s history as an institution.

Our two-year program integrates clinical theory and technique used in approaches such as EFT, IFS, Gottman, narrative, trauma-informed treatment, harm-reduction and motivational interviewing and much more.

FACTS training runs for 32 weeks each year from mid-September through mid-June. Clinical supervision is provided through the entire year.

We utilize lectures, readings, videos, role playing and explorations of the trainee’s own family of origin. Trainees engage in supervised clinical work with couples and/or families.

Group supervision and discussion integrate theory and practice. Our training provides opportunities to work in specialized areas of family and couple therapy.

Academic Calendar

Classes meet on Thursdays from 9:00 am—12:45 PM. 1 hour and 45 minutes is spent in group supervision and the other hour and 45 minutes is spent with academic presentations. Classes run for 32 weeks from mid-September through mid-June and supervision typically runs throughout the whole year. Class size is limited to 12 trainees.

We require you to make yourself available to carry two clinical cases. Clinical treatment can be done in-person or remotely.

Eligibility/Program Requirements

A graduate degree in a mental health or related discipline is required.

Tuition and Expenses/Fees

  • Tuition for the 2024-2025 academic year is $2,995.
  • Tuition is subject to change annually.
  • The tuition covers course work and group supervision. Candidates are responsible for their own personal therapy and individual supervision fees.
  • Please note that expenses for training directly related to one’s profession may be considered a tax-deductible expense.

Graduation Requirements

A certificate in Family and Couples Treatment is awarded upon completion of the program.
  • Attendance:
    FACTS training consists of a two-year course of study for 32 weeks each year from mid-September through mid-June. For didactic courses and supervision, the attendance policy will be stated in the syllabus.

  • Case Requirements:
    We require you to make yourself available to carry a minimum of 2 clinical cases

Scholarships and Financial Aid

FACTS offers a yearly E. Kitch Childs Scholarship for a person of color who aspires to be a FACTS trainee, but who otherwise would not be able to attend due to financial constraints. It provides full tuition coverage for two years to complete the certificate program.

In the interest of encouraging the most diverse and inclusive trainee cohort, we welcome all who need financial assistance to apply for tuition reduction.

For more information, please contact our Program Manager at facts@icpnyc.org.

Please visit our Scholarships and Tuition Assistance page, for more information about scholarships and tuition assistance.


The first and second year of the training program is taught by various instructors who specialize in the topic they are teaching. Below is a selection of modules taught in both years of the 2-Year Training Program. 
*These modules are subject to change on a yearly basis*
First Year
Second Year
Topics and Instructors

WEEKS 1, 2:
Attachment: Marty Babits, LCSW, BCD

WEEKS 3-4: 
Genograms/Family Life Cycle: Marty Babits, LCSW, BCD

Systems Theory: Marty Babits, LCSW, BCD

WEEKS 6, 7: 
Levels of Intervention/Assigning Tasks: Roberta Estar, PHD

WEEK 8: 
Bowenian Theory: Individuation and Triangles: Alison Kalfus, LCSW

WEEK 9: 
Generational Transmission: Alison Kalfus, LCSW

WEEK 10: 
A Systemic Look at Substance Misuse: Alison Kalfus, LCSW

WEEKS 11-12: 
Communication: Building Emotional Safety: Marty Babits, LCSW, BCD

WEEK 13:
Communication: Emotional Nutrition: Marty Babits, LCSW, BCD

WEEKS 14-16: 
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT): Linda Bradley, LCSW

WEEKS 17-18: 
Neuroscience for Clinicians: Marty Babits, LCSW, BCD

WEEK 19: 
Trauma and Empathic Listening: Marty Babits, LCSW, BCD

WEEKS 20-21: Gender: TBD

WEEKS 22-23: 
Intro to Working with Transgender Clients: Carl Williamson, LMHC

WEEK 24: 
The Intersection of Personal/Social Location and Identity: Rosa Bramble, LCSW

WEEK 25: 
Cultural Humility: Rosa Bramble, LCSW

WEEK 26:
Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Couples: Anna Kramarsky, PHD

WEEK 27-28: 
Psychopharmacology for Therapists (w/ 2nd Year): Lisa Wang, MD

WEEK 29: 
Psychedelic Therapy with Couples: Eva Dillon, LCSW, CST

WEEK 30:
Object Relations: Marty Babits, LCSW, BCD

WEEK 31:
Internal Family Systems- Part: Marty Babits, LCSW, BCD

WEEKS 32-33:
Countertransference: Marty Babits, LCSW, BCD

WEEKS 34-35: 
Sexual Issues: Juliana Neiman, MA, LMFT, LMHC
Topics and Instructors

WEEKS 1-2: 
Motivational Interviewing and Harm Reduction Techniques in Substance Abuse Tx: Alison Kalfus, LCSW

WEEK 3: 
Self Psychology: Michael Nott, LCSW

WEEKS 4-5: 
The Frame: Michael Nott, LCSW

WEEKS 6-7: 
Somatic Approaches to Self-Regulation: Judi Price, LCSW

WEEKS 8-9: 
Narrative Therapy: Judith Friedman, Ed.D and Erika Steuerman, LCSW

WEEKS 10-11: 
Infidelity: Linda Bradley, LCSW

WEEKS 12-13: 
Sexual Issues Part 2: Juliana Neiman, LMFT

WEEKS 14-16: 
Emotional Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) Part 2: Linda Bradley, LCSW

WEEKS 17-18: 
Divorce, Loss, and Trauma: LouAnn Smith, LCSW and Abby Strauss, LMSW

WEEK 19: 
Non-Monogamy: Kristin Keefe, LCSW

WEEKS 20-21: 
Parenting Issues: Linda Bradley, LCSW and Alison Kalfus, LCSW

WEEKS 22-23: 
An Integrative Approach to Eating Disorders: Jake Pine, LCSW

WEEK 24: 
Working with Chronic Illness: Eva Kant, LCSW

WEEKS 25-26: 
Mindfulness in Family and Couples Work: Alison Pepper, LCSW

WEEKS 27-28: 
Psychopharmacology for Therapists (w/ 1st Year): Lisa Wang, MD

WEEKS 29-30: 
Working with Sexual Trauma: Rachel Youree, LCSW

WEEK 31-32: 
Three Dimensional Communication: Marty Babits, LCSW, BCD

WEEKS 33-34: 
Internal Family Systems: Liz Phillips, RP

Application Process

To apply to the FACTS Two-Year Program, we require the following:
  • Current Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Copy of Graduate Diploma
  • License or Limited Permit
  • Application fee of $75

Application Deadline: Rolling, with new applications accepted for the 2024-2025 academic year from April 2024 onward.

2024-2025 Information Sessions
Check our Events page for upcoming Info Sessions

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For more information about our program, the application process, or scholarships/financial aid: Contact our Program Manager at facts@icpnyc.org

Executive Committee, Faculty and Supervisors

Executive Committee
Marty Babits, LCSW, BCD, Co-Director
Alison Kalfus, LCSW, Co-Director
Ella Lasky, Ph.D.
Judith Friedman, Ed.D.
LouAnn Smith, LCSW
Judi Price, LCSW
Fran Hamburg, MS, MSW, LCSW
Roberta Estar, Ph.D.
Linda Bradley, Ph.D.
Michael Nott, LCSW
Faculty and Supervisors

Alison Kalfus, LCSW, Co-Director
Marty Babits, LCSW, BCD, Co-Director
Abby Strauss, LMSW
Alison Pepper
Anna Kramarksy, Ph.D.
Eva Dillon, LCSW, CST
Eva Kant, LCSW-R
Jake Pine, LCSW
Judi Price, LCSW
Judith Friedman, Ed.D.
Juliana Neiman, MA, LMFT, LMHC
Kristin Keefe, MA, LMHC
Linda Bradley, LCSW
Lisa Wang, MD
LouAnn Smith, LCSW
Michael Nott, LCSW
Rachel Youree, LCSW
Roberta Estar, Ph.D
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