Brazilian Intensive Training Program

Instituto da Familia, FTSA

Group from Brazil
June 8 – 12, 2015

We are pleased to welcome our Brazilian colleagues for an advanced 5-day Intensive Training Program in Family and Couple Therapy, organized in collaboration with the Instituto da Familia, FTSA, Londrina, Brazil.  You will gain valuable practice knowledge and skills with presenters at the forefront of the family therapy field.


9:00 – 12:15    Morning Session
12:15 – 1:15    Lunch
1:15 – 4:00     Afternoon Session

Monday, June 8 – Day 1
9-4 Arthur Nielsen, MD
Secrets of Happy Couples: Building Loving and Lasting Relationships

Tuesday, June 9 –  Day 2
9-4 Mary Jo Barrett, MSW, MFT
Working with Relational Trauma and Abuse in Couples

Wednesday, June 10 – Day 3
9-4 Froma Walsh, PhD
Healing Wounded Bonds: Reconnection and Reconciliation In Post-Divorce and Family of Origin Relationships

Thursday, June 11 – Day 4
9-4 Mona Fishbane, PhD
Working with Couple Reactivity: Individual, Interpersonal, & Intergenerational Change

5-8 Celebrate! Reception and dinner.

Friday, June 12 – Day 5
9-1 Karen Skerrett, PhD
Cultivating Positivity in Couples Therapy

2-4 Froma Walsh – Experiential Exercises, Summing Up, Certificate Presentation

Distinguished Training Faculty

Mary Jo BarrettMary Jo Barrett, MSW, MFT is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Contextual Change. is on the CCFH Faculty and adjunct faculty at SSA, University of Chicago. Mary Jo is a nationally prominent expert on trauma, relational abuse, and compassion fatigue & work with complicated family cases with sexual abuse and violence. She is an inspiring presenter and trains internationally on the Collaborative Stage Model that she developed. Her new co-authored book (Rutledge pub) is Treating Complex Trauma.


Mona Fishbane, PhD a clinical psychologist in private practice, is director of couple therapy training at the Chicago Center for Family Health. She is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, on the Advisory Board, Family Process, and a long-term AFTA member and past board member. Mona lectures nationally and internationally, and has published numerous articles on couple therapy and neurobiology, as well as on intergenerational relationships. She has been the recipient of honors and fellowships, most recently a grant from the Templeton Foundation. Mona’s book is, Loving with the Brain in Mind: Neurobiology & Couple Therapy (2013), in the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology.

Arthur Nielsen, MD is a full-time, practicing psychiatrist and couple therapist. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, is a faculty member at Northwestern’s Family Institute and at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, where he teaches couples therapy. For may years, he has been the coordinator of course he developed for Northwestern University students, “Marriage 101: Building Loving and Lasting Relationships.” He is the author of many professional papers and his new textbook (published by Routledge) is titled, Comprehensive Couple Therapy: Systems Theory, Psychodynamics and Psychoeducation. His positive engagement with clients brings out their best.

karenKaren Skerrett, PhD, RN, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and CCFH faculty member has most recently taught at The Family Institute at Northwestern University and the University of San Diego. She maintains a clinical and consulting practice with couples & families, with particular expertise in challenges of illness and disability. She is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences, with numerous professional articles and background in Positive Psychology. This workshop focuses on her two new co-authored books: Couple Resilience: Emerging Perspectives and Positive Couple Therapy: Using WeStories to Enhance Resilience. Her approach taps the unique processes of relational resilience and growth in couples and the development of healing narratives, uncovering positive potential within a relationship. “We stories”–created, recovered and made anew—provide essential elements of connection, highlighting memorable moments of compassion, acceptance, and respect. A shared commitment simultaneously builds the relationship and enables each partner to feel greater accountability and autonomy.

FromaWalshFroma Walsh, PhD is CCFH Co-Director and Firestone Professor Emerita, University of Chicago. She is the leading expert on resilience-oriented practice for personal & relational healing and growth from trauma, loss, & prolonged life challenges. With 120+ publications, recent Books: Strengthening Family Resilience (2nd ed); Spiritual Resources in Family Therapy (2nd. ed.); Living Beyond Loss: Death in the Family (2nd ed.); & Normal Family Processes: Growing Diversity & Complexity (4th ed. 2012). Past President, American Family Therapy Academy, and past Editor, Journal of Marital & Family Therapy, she has received many awards for her distinguished contributions and is a valued presenter and consultant internationally.


For informationTo join Brazilian group training, contact CCFH or Para obter informações para participar de treinamento em grupo do Brasil, entre em contato CCFH.