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Special Competencies for Working With Couples

  • July 06, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Preservation Park, Nile Hall, 668 13th Street, Oakland, CA 94612


Special Competencies for Working with Couples:

Taking Your Skills to the Next Level

Presented by a Panel of Speakers Including:

Michelle Joy, LMFT, Dr. Talal Alsaleem,

Ronald Mah, PhD, LMFT, & Sherryl Weston, LCSW

Please note:  We have had a change in one of the speakers.  Courtney Watson is unable to speak on working with a-typical sexual practices, so Ronald Mah has agreed to step in and speak on "Working with Personality Disorders in Couples Therapy" instead.  Ronald is a fantastic speaker so we are very fortunate he was able to fill in.

Topics include:

Working effectively with hostile, angry or conflict-avoidant couples

Helping couples heal from infidelity

Working with Intersectional couples

The impact of personality disorders in couples therapy

Date:  July 6, 2019  

Luncheon:  9 - 3 pm (8:30 check-in)

Location:  Preservation Park

Nile Hall

668 13th Street

Oakland, CA 94612

EB CAMFT Prelicensed (Student or Associate) Members - $60

EB CAMFT Licensed Members - $85

Other Membership Categories and Guests - $95

Price includes lunch!

To Register, Click Here

(Each person registering must register separately)

Course Description:

This workshop presents a panel of peer practitioners who will help therapists improve their competency to treat several challenging, sensitive issues present in couples therapy.  

Learning Objectives:

After the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Utilize tools to treat angry, hostile, or conflict-avoidant couples
  2. Implement strategies to help couples heal from infidelity
  3. Utilize increased awareness to treat special challenges that intersectional couples face (such as LBGTQ, interracial, interreligious, bicultural, etc.)
  4. Utilize strategies to deal with personality disorders when treating couples


  • Course meets the qualifications for 5.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
  • East Bay Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #52488) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs.  East Bay Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

**IMPORTANT REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY**  You may cancel for a full refund up to 10 days in advance of the event, or a 50% refund between 5 and 10 days in advance of the event. No refunds for cancellations within 5 days of the event or for no-shows or failure to attend due to emergencies.  Unused funds cannot be applied to future events. NO EXCEPTIONS!  If the event is cancelled for any reason, you will receive a full refund.  

**By registering for the event you agree to the terms of the Cancellation/Refund Policy**

For general information, special needs, ADA accommodations, or grievances: 

Please contact Sandy at  You will receive a response within 24 hours.  Note: Deadline for requesting ADA accommodations is two weeks prior to the workshop so that we may have time to properly accommodate you.

Please note: Certificates of Completion will be awarded at the completion of the workshop to those who attend the workshop in its entirety, sign in and out, and complete the course evaluation form. 

About the Speakers: 

 Michelle Joy, MFT, has been associated with The Couples Institute where she uses to deliver state of the art, effective tools for couples. Michelle offers Communication Workshops for ALL couples.  Michelle also co-leads Marriage Prep 101 Workshops for Engaged, Newly Married, or Seriously Dating couples with her husband, Dan Joy, for couples interested in Bay Area premarital counseling. A graduate in The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy – Advanced Level, Michelle is a go-to person on the Couples Institute staff for professional trainings.  Michelle helps couples reach their goals using latest advancements in differentiation and neuroscience, which ranks among one of the leading applications in psychotherapy.  

  Dr. Talal H. Alsaleem is an award-winning marriage counselor and researcher, is recognized as a leading expert in the field of infidelity counseling. He is the author of the acclaimed book, Infidelity: The Best Worst Thing that Could Happen to Your Marriage, and the founder of the Infidelity Counseling Center. His research interests and clinical work are focused on identifying the causes of infidelity and providing the best treatment for recovery from its impact. He developed Systematic Affair Recovery Therapy (SART) ™, a method of infidelity counseling that has helped hundreds of couples navigate the challenges of the healing journey from affairs. Dr. Alsaleem is an international lecturer and speaker. His engaging talks have helped many counselors broaden their understanding of infidelity and gain the necessary clinical tools to help their clients recover from affairs. 


Ronald Mah, M.A., Ph.D., L.M.F.T., educator, consultant, and author has written and trained extensively on couple therapy,  He often works with very challenged and challenging couples.  Ronald considers the complexity of issues in the relationship as the keys to therapy, that is understanding the partners and the dynamics must precede therapeutic strategies and interventions.  Among the major complications to the couple’s relationship and therapy are the impact of personality disorders.  Hence, his topic will be “Lions, and Tigers, and Narcissists and Borderlines… Oh My! Personality Disorders in Couple Therapy.” The person with the characterological dx will not only assert their issues with his/her partner, but also with the therapist.  When one or both partners have a personality disorder, the personality disorder is not merely an additional element in the relationship, and thus in the therapy but is often the fundamental driving force that defines the relationship, the dynamics, the problems, and hence the couple therapy. 

  Sheryl Weston, LCSW is a multicultural, internationally raised Air Force Brat whose husband is Chicano. Her experience in social work spans over four decades and crosses into an expansive racial, cultural, lifestyle and international family units. Included are mail order brides, Hurricane Katrina and Rita survivors, from Asia, Africa, Mexico, the Caribbean and South America. She began her professional career as a special education teacher.

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