ACE Foundation Programs

Saturday, April 29, 2023

The New York State Society For Clinical Social Work Mid-Hudson Chapter With The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation presents:


Program Description

There are many ways to do couples therapy, and several distinct models that have been used successfully. This presentation will look at the different models, what is effective about each, and how they are similar and different. There will also be an examination of what can go wrong in couples therapy and what “not to do.” The presenter will describe his own approach to couples therapy, with emphasis on improving communication and conflict resolution, and provide examples of different outcomes from his own cases.

Registration Options

*NYSSCSW Discount applies to NYSSCSW current members only.

**Student Discount only applies to full time students currently enrolled in social work and MHP master level programs.

This is an ACE Foundation Program. If this is your first time taking an ACE Foundation program not co-sponsored by an NYSSCSW, you will be prompted to make your complimentary account on the ACE Foundation Learning Center platform, where you will be able to access all program information, course materials and information for future ACE Foundation programs from your member dashboard. You will be asked to set a password for your new ACE Foundation Learning Center account.


Saturday, April 29, 2023

10:00am - 1:00pm


Register by Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 5pm.

contact Hours:

3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded For This Program


Keith Jordan, LCSW


Live online via Zoom

Program Originator:


Course Number


NYS CE Accreditation for:


The Advanced Clinical Education (ACE) Foundation of the NYS Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0028; licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0045; licensed psychoanalysts #P-0017; licensed psychologists #PSY-0121; and licensed social workers #SW-0056.

Out of State Providers:

Out-of-state providers are welcome to request a certificate upon completion of the presentation evaluation but must check with their own state licensing boards to inquire about whether or not the certificate is recognized as transferrable for CEs in their state’s jurisdiction.

Program Details

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

  1. Compare and contrast at least three models of couples therapy (similarities and differences).
  2. Describe how to address three causes of defensiveness leading to escalation of arguments between couples.
  3. Specify six rules of communication that can be taught to most couples to reduce conflict.
  4. Name two situations when couples sharing feelings with each other is helpful and two situations when it is not helpful.

Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners and family and marriage/couple therapists and mental health counselors.

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

Keith Jordan, LCSW is retired after 30 years with Orange County Mental Health, where he worked at various times as a substance abuse counselor, inmate counselor and custody evaluator. He presently has a full-time private practice in Poughkeepsie where he specializes in couples therapy and co-parenting counseling. He has an online Couples Group and an online Co-parenting Support Group. He also provides therapy at Behavioral Health Services of the Hudson Valley in Newburgh. He is an active member of the Mid-Hudson Chapter of NYSSCSW, the Hudson Valley Guild of Mental Health Professionals, NASW and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC). Prior to becoming a Social Worker, he was a Teacher and Guidance Counselor. He is married and lives in Poughkeepsie.

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Zoom Webinar with Q and A

Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed, as evidenced by signing in and out and completing a course evaluation. Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.

ACE welcomes participants with diverse abilities. Please contact Kristin or Debbie at, at time of registration, to request accessibility accommodations. Accommodation requests are considered in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities ACT (ADA), Section 505 of the Rehabilitation ACT.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made at least five days before the event will be fully refunded. For cancellation please call 1-800-288-4279, or email us at

Inclement Weather Policy:

Should Inclement weather occur, we will be notifying all registrants via the email by which the registrant signed up. Please be sure to check your email before you leave for the course.

  • 3.0 Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed.
  • All registrations must be submitted by the Wednesday prior to the program.
  • Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.
  • For questions regarding disability access please contact Kristin or Debbie, 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 Debbie:
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