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Become a Certified Couples Specialist (CCS)

CRI is pleased to offer comprehensive  training courses that teach how to effectively work with couples in therapy.


Fundamentals of Working with Couples in Therapy

22.5 hours



Application of Couples Therapy through Simulation

22.5 hours



Advanced Application of  Couples Therapy

20 hours




(22.5 hours) Fundamentals of Working with Couples in Therapy teaches therapists how to recognize, understand, and effectively treat couples in therapy using an integrated approach. The training covers a wide range of theoretical approaches including Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Attachment Theory, Cognitive-Behavioral Couple Therapy (CBCT), Gottman, Imago Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Solution-Focused Couples Therapy. Training also covers major topics important to couples including: Affairs, Sex Dysfunction, Forgiveness, Faith, Trauma, Parenting, Neurodiversity and Anger Management.

Developed by Harry Motro, PsyD, LMFT, the training is a 22.5 hour in-person intense experience meeting over 10 weeks. Each class is divided into two parts. The main teaching method consists of in-depth interactive discussions led by Dr. Motro during which couples approaches and theories are explored and related techniques and interventions are demonstrated.



(22.5 hours) Application of Couples Therapy through Simulation. 

The simulation experience consists of couple therapy simulations where the participants practice the techniques and apply the theories to simulated couples.

The structure, designed by Dr. Motro, is as follows:

a) Couple Pairing:

Each certification student will be paired with another student to create a fictitious couple that they will “play” as actors each week. 

b) Background Document:

This couple will create a background document which will include a presenting problem (the couple should have a current crisis), age, ethnicity, spiritual beliefs, strengths, weaknesses, areas of conflict, family background, childhood wounds, marital history, sexual history and other items that you deem important. Important: what you bring to the couple’s story should include as much personal content as you feel safe including. It is much easier to simulate a client if it is based on a story that is close to home. This background document will not be shared with the therapist or observer. 

c) Couples matched with Therapist/Observer:

Each couple will then be matched with two other students, a student therapist and an observing therapist. This matching will be the same for all semester. During each class, the student therapist will conduct a 30-minute therapy session with the same simulated couple. The therapist will apply the principles taught during the student training earlier in the class. 

d) Logistics:

During each class, we will have two sessions; each student will participate in the couple role in one session and as a therapist or observer in the other session. The entire class will then debrief on the experiences after each session. 

e) At the end of the training, training participants will discuss and process:

•    What assessments and theoretical approach(es) did you utilize to treat this couple?
•    What major social, multicultural, etc. factors played a role in their problems and solutions?
•    What ethical issues arose? How did you deal with them?
•    What research findings may bear on the development or resolution of their marital issues?
•    What personal insights or growth did you gain from the simulations?

Level 1 and 2 training is offered one time per year in the fall in conjunction with Dr. Motro's graduate Marriage and Couples Class at Western Seminary. The classes take place at 1000 S Park Victoria Dr., Milpitas, CA 95035.



(20 hours) Advanced Application of Working with Couples in Therapy consists of hands on supervision under CRI founder, Dr. Motro. Supervision is structured in a way to reinforce the theories and techniques learned in earlier training but with a focus on application with real couples.


The training will cover:

  • goal setting for couples and building a treatment roadmap,

  • assessment techniques,

  • communication approaches for couples,

  • family of origin and healing childhood wounds,

  • building emotional intimacy,

  • boundary building,

  • parenting approaches and interventions,

  • assessing and treating sexual issues,

  • building a shared relationship vision,

  • constructive problem solving,

  • identifying and deconstructing patterns,

  • processing of personal feelings (i.e., counter-transference) triggered during sessions with clients,

  • discussion of pertinent legal, ethical and crisis issues,

  • and termination considerations.