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Working with Couples

Using the Cape Cod Model: Boston, MA

A Six-Week Intensive Couples Therapy Training from a Contemporary Gestalt Perspective

The Cape Cod Model© (CCM©) is both an approach and a step-by-step technique for working with couples.



Embracing an optimistic stance, the therapist's task is oriented towards helping the couple become aware of how "they" are and to see that their difficulties are likely the result of competencies that are either overused or limited. Based on a couple's understanding of their competence through a series of observations and interventions of the therapist, growth is accomplished by expanding their behavior range and building on their competencies. The Cape Cod Model© is uniquely driven by the clinician's ability to intervene with optimism, trust and support.


The program is structured so that each week content and theory will be followed by opportunity for practice. Accordingly, the number of participants will be limited to allow for weekly feedback from faculty.

Participants in the program will:

  • Learn to use themselves as an instrument of influence
  • Learn an approach that recognizes how people connect
  • Learn to see the couple as a co-created system
  • Develop the ability to give compelling, appreciative feedback
  • Learn to appreciate and articulate the competence of the couple system
  • Understand and practice the sequence of the Cape Cod Model©
  • Learn creative approaches to helping clients expand their range of behavior
  • Have an opportunity for weekly practice
  • Receive weekly faculty feedback


Sharona Halpern, MA, LMHC, has 30 years' experience as a psychotherapist, trainer, group leader and consultant. She has a private practice in consulting and psychotherapy in Newton, Massachusetts, and is a co-director of the Cape Cod Training Program at the Gestalt International Study Center in Wellfleet, Cape Cod.

Stuart N. Simon, LICSW, MCC has over 35 years' experience working as a psychotherapist, consultant and trainer in the US, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is the author of several articles and chapters that focus on working therapeutically with individuals and couples, and is a member of the core faculty of the Gestalt International Study Center in Wellfleet, Cape Cod.


Continuing Education

22 Massachusetts social work (NASW-MA) and LMHC credits are available for this program. NASW Authorization Number: D 80319-2; MaMHCA Authorization:





Dates and Fees:

Working with Couples

Using the Cape Cod Model


Greater Boston


Six Friday mornings in December 2018, January and Feburary 2019

Begins 9:00am
Ends 1:00pm


CE Hours 22

Social work and LMHC:

NASW Authorization Number:

D 80319-2

MaMHCA Authorization:


Faculty Sharona Halpern, MA, LMHC, ACC
  Stuart N. Simon, LICSW, MCC
Location Watertown, MA

December 7 and 14, 2018

January 4, 11 and 18 and
February 1, 2019



Gestalt International Study Center
1035 Cemetery Road, P.O. Box 515, South Wellfleet, MA 02663
Phone: +1 508 349 7900