Join Hedy Schleifer as she presents the basic theoretical framework and principles of Encounter-centered Couples Therapy (EcCT). She will describe the method she evolved for unraveling the “survival knot" in the developmental-growth journey of a couple. The "survival knot" is the principal "stuck place" for couples. It often remains unconscious but has the potential to be an essential agenda that is deeply embedded in the couple’s presenting problem. The “survival knot” is what many couples experience as their impasse issue, where one person's anguished desperation meets the other person's dogged resistance, and vice versa. 

The theory on which the “survival knot” is based stems from the assumption that couples know each other's "war story" at a subconscious level. The crucible of their power struggle centers around the unconscious developmental themes with which they wrestle. The growth potential of the relationship lies in shedding light on the developmental themes that fuel their reactive dynamic as well as their relational nightmare. Unraveling the “survival knot” allows new creative energy to flow between the couple for the purpose of designing a relationship of choice, rather than one of reactivity and compulsion.   

In this two-hour continuing education web conference, Hedy will share strategies from Encounter-centered Couples Therapy she has develop for unraveling the "survival knot” in countless couples around the world. She will describe how she created this relational diagnosis by decoding the complex distinction between the adaptive, reactive couple’s "survival dance" and the attuned, empathic connection between two intentional partners in relationship. Therapists will learn the roadmap for entering this most treacherous territory of a couple's relationship, while receiving a clear step-by-step structure to guide couples with confidence and expertise. 

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Summarize strategies to unravel the "survival knot" and assist couples with common impasse issues.

  2. Explain the basic theoretical framework of Encounter-centered Couples Therapy.

  3. Describe the major guiding principles of Encounter-centered Couples Therapy.

  4. Utilize Encounter-centered Couples Therapy strategies to assist couples in making productive steps toward healthy and creative connections.

  5. Identify unconscious developmental themes that have the potential to fuel reactive dynamics in couples.

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How the Web Conference Works

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email from with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable. 

To attend the event, registered attendees will log in to the web conference center using a computer or device (smartphone or tablet with internet access) and calling in to the teleconference line on a phone. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via their computer or device. Attendees who are logged in to the event center will be able to see live streaming video and/or document sharing. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. 

At the conclusion of this event, participants will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate in the Member's Area. To confirm attendance, participants must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the live presentation. Participants will also be prompted to complete an online survey evaluating the event. Participants will need to complete this online survey within six days after the event. Once completed, participants will be able to download a copy of their CE certificate instantly. 

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by for attending this web conference in its entirety. is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within Counseling Services. is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

This organization,, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content., 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 #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to members.

Event Reviews from Members

Hedy brought a love and compassion-infused presentation of couples therapy to all of us across the country.  Her message was deeply relevant, profoundly wise, wonderfully accessible, and transformative.  Not only is my professional mindset impacted by her wisdom, but my personal life as well.  I highly recommend all therapists avail themselves of her knowledge and expertise.  Such a fabulous and impactful course,! - Joanna Singh, LMSW 

Very well done. She lives and breathes the material, thus presents it in a concentrated, beautiful way. - Andrea Shaw, PhD, MFT 

Loved the hopefulness of her perspective and its focus on deeper resonance for couples. - Jaci Schoen, MS, LMFT - Irvine, CA

Meet the Presenter

Hedy Schleifer, MA, LMHC

Hedy Schleifer is an internationally known psychotherapist, trainer, relationship coach, workshop presenter, and motivational speaker. Currently a licensed mental health counselor in Florida. Hedy earned her Master of Arts in Clinical and Child Psychology from Tel Aviv University in Israel and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Israel.

Certified by Harville Hendrix, PhD as an Imago Therapist, Workshop Presenter, and Clinical Instructor, Hedy and her husband, Yumi, pioneered the expansion of Imago Relationship Therapy in several countries. They have trained hundreds of therapists and workshop presenters and led relationship workshops for couples. Hedy founded the Tikkun Learning Center in 2010 to train relationship therapists in Encounter-centered Couples Therapy (EcCT) which she considers to be the crystallization of her life’s work into the concept of the “three invisible connectors”: the Space, the Bridge, and the Encounter. Hedy believes that world peace begins with the human family, and that this peace can best be achieved by creating strong relationships that grow into committed, mature partnerships.

Today, Hedy travels extensively throughout the world bringing her passion and expertise in the art of relationships and conflict dissolution to many settings, spanning the mental health, healthcare, religious, educational, and corporate communities. Hedy currently bases her trainings and work with couples on an integrative approach inspired by the philosophy of Martin Buber, as well as a variety of relational methodologies including Imago Relationship Therapy, Appreciative Inquiry, Re-evaluation Counseling, and Relational Neuro-biology. 

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