New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Westchester Chapter with the Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW Presents:


3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Course Number: 273      Location: ZOOM - Westchester


Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020

Registration: 9:30am - 10:00am

  Presentation: 10:00am - 1:00pm



This presentation will focus on three areas on the “marital spectrum”:

  1. Couples in marriage/couple counseling in high conflict situations.
  2. Marital Crisis Consultation – discernment therapy (tough decisions).
  3. Divorce Mediation as best option when possible (a more constructive solution when a marriage has to end).

Marital Therapy: This workshop will look at marriages in the stage in which conflicts have developed but the couple still wants to work on their marriage together in therapy. A discussion of EFT couple therapy will provide an example of how to effectively do the work to try to help couples de-escalate. A vignette about a couple in crisis threatening to divorce one another and how EFT technique helped to dissipate an explosive juncture point will be presented to demonstrate how this couple started session on the verge of divorce but left in a much better place holding hands.

Marital Crisis Consultation: also referred to as discernment counseling, is a model used to help couples in an acute crisis in which one or both are strongly considering separation/divorce but haven’t quite decided yet .This consultation is designed to help them walk through different scenarios and ultimately gain clarity as to which direction to pursue, i.e. couple counseling to work further on the marriage, explore a temporary separation, or go straight to a divorce. If separation, we examine how to proceed with the options of trial separation? Mediation? or Collaborative?

Divorce methods: Mediation is strongly suggested with a brief discussion of other options, e.g. collaborative divorce and the traditional adversarial approach. An in-depth discussion follows in order to help couples think through what approach may be best for their situation. A caucusing technique can be used to de-escalate. At times introducing a brief description of TA, i.e. parent-adult-child and an explanation of why, in negotiations, we want to strive to try to stay in adult-adult state if we are to succeed at task ahead.

Teaching Methods: Workshop with audience participation.

HANDOUTS: Bibliography

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able:

  1. Define the basic elements of Sue John’s theory of EFT couple therapy and explain how one can apply the use of this approach to help de-escalate a high conflict situation with a couple.
  2. Describe Marital Crisis Consultation (discernment counseling), how it works and when to refer couples for it.
  3. Explain divorce mediation, how it works and when it is appropriate to refer couples for mediation.
  4. Identify and explain the principles and techniques used in mediation of caucusing (separating the couple in an escalating high conflict situation and seeing them briefly one at a time).

Alan L. Frankel, LCSW is a clinical social worker/psychotherapist. He maintains a private practice in Mt. Kisco, NY (Westchester County) and has over forty years of clinical experience working with a wide array of people and problems. He is a psychotherapist who works with children, adolescents and adults, specializing in helping children and families undergoing the difficult transition of a separation or divorce. Al Frankel provides individual adult psychotherapy, child/adolescent therapy and marriage counseling. He is a Certified EFT Couple Therapist. He also provides marital crisis consultations for couples in the early stages of considering whether to try to stay together or possibly separate/divorce. Mr. Frankel is also an adjunct professor in The Human Services Dept. at Westchester Community College, where he has been teaching courses in Human Behavior and Social Development since 1992. 

Alan Frankel graduated from Cornell University in 1976. He earned his Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978. Al Frankel was trained in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy at The Institute For Contemporary Psychotherapy in NYC, in 1986. He received additional postgraduate training in child and adolescent therapy, as well as in couples and family therapy. Mr. Frankel also received additional training in EFT (emotionally focused couple therapy) in 2008. He recently completed training in sex therapy at The University of Michigan School of Social Work in their Sexual Health/Sex Therapy Certificate Program.

This seminar is appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience.

Who May Benefit from attending: social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners and family and marriage/couple therapists and mental health counselors.

  • 3.0 Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed.
  • Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.
  • For questions regarding disability access please contact Kristin or Jennifer, at time of registration, so that we can see to it that arrangements are made to accommodate your special needs:
  • For questions regarding course content, please contact Kristin or Jennifer:
  • In the event of any grievance please contact Dr. Susan Klett, Director of Professional Development at

Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers #0056; Licensed Psychoanlalysts #P-0017; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0028 and Licensed Mental Health Counselors #MHC-0045

Event Registration

Contact hours for this course
applicable for:

          LMSW         LP

Event Registration:   9:30am-10:00am
Presentation:             10:00am-1:15pm

Members:                 $50
               Non-members:        $75
               Students with ID:    $20
    Student fees are only for social work
        master level, full time students.

Late Fee:  
                Additional fee of $10.00

                          Please note:      
                   Late Fee charge takes
                  effect on November 5
, 2020

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