ACE Foundation Programs

2020 Program Archive

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


Program Description

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.

Registration Options

*NYSSCSW Discount applies to NYSSCSW members in good standing 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, November 7, 2020

10:00am - 1:00pm

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Alan Frankel, LCSW

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Program Details

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

  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).

Social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, 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.

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.

Workshop with audience participation.

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 Jennifer 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 Jennifer, at time of registration, so that we can see to it that arrangements are made to accommodate your special needs:
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Advanced Clinical Education (ACE) Foundation of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists  #PSY-0121.

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; LP# P0017; LMFT #0028; LMHC #0045.

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