IMPORTANT INFORMATION ALERT: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the UCLA campus is currently closed. We do not have information on when the campus will reopen for in person classes. We are prepared to begin our classes on July 8th on the Zoom online platform if we are unable to meet on the UCLA campus. We will ensure all course registrants are informed as we receive updated information.

Couples & Sex Therapy Training Program

Part I: Inter-Analytic Couples Therapy (IACT)


  • Ron Crane, MFT
  • Wendy Cherry, Psy.D


July 8 – December 16, 2021, Thursdays

12:15 pm - 3:00 pm PST (15 min. break)


UCLA - Semel Institute, 1st Floor, Room 17-416


Part I: Inter-Analytic Couples Therapy (IACT) is a six-month, two-quarter course offered to all mental health professionals, and is designed to incorporate multiple instructional levels (introductory, intermediate and advanced). IACT incorporates Interpersonal Neurobiology into the treatment of couples at four levels of couple interaction: Conflict/Communication, Closeness, Transference, and Attachment/Intersubjectivity. The first segment of each class is a lecture with a Power Point slideshow (1.25 hours), and the second segment focuses on clinical application, which includes DVDs of actual couples therapy sessions, demonstrations, and role plays (1.25 hours). There will also be question and answer periods. Students take a 15 minute break between class segments.

Learning Objectives

This course is designed to help participants:

1. Identify four areas that a skilled couples therapist and a skilled sex therapist share competency.

2. Name four reasons that justify integrating couple’s therapy and sex therapy into one profession.

3. Discuss the importance of integrating both verbal/explicit and nonverbal/implicit content in clinical work with couples.

4. Assess affect regulation skills and regulatory style of each member of a couple.

5. Apply five affect regulation skills to clinical work.

6. Identify five concepts and/or techniques of psychoanalytic/psychodynamic theory and an interpersonal model of couple therapy to clinical work.

7. Match four difficult issues in couples therapy with effective interventions.

8. Discuss how cultural diversity affects all clinicians.

9. Provide at least three components of a personal action plan for providing culturally competent treatment.

10. Demonstrate couples therapy skills in role playing triads.

Educational Goals:

1. Provide mental health professionals with techniques that effectively integrate couples therapy and sex therapy in a clinical practice.

2. Provide new competencies and knowledge to mental health professionals by presenting new research findings (i.e. interpersonal neurobiology, affect regulation, right brain psychotherapy) and integrate these findings into existing education, theoretical models, and clinical approaches to the field of couples and sex therapy.

3. Advance existing skills and competence in the field of couples and sex therapy to better equip mental health professionals to serve the needs of the public.

4. Promote research endeavors by mental health professionals in the field of couples and sex therapy in order to contribute to the discipline of psychology as a whole.


Wendy Cherry, Psy.D, a licensed psychotherapist, is the co-founder and Executive Director of The American Association of Couples and Sex Therapists (AACAST), and the Co-Director of the Couples and Sex Therapy Training Program at UCLA. She trained with renowned couples therapist Dr. Walter Brackelmanns for almost two decades, and is an accomplished educator, lecturer and public speaker for numerous universities, organizations and businesses. Dr. Cherry furthers her knowledge in the field of Interpersonal Neurobiology with membership in Dr. Allan Schore's Right Brain Psychotherapy study group. She has the distinction of being trained in both business management and as a mental health professional. Prior to her work in the field of psychology, Wendy created and directed one of the very first Internet companies, becoming a well-known media expert on internet issues in the Los Angeles area. She has appeared on numerous television news shows, including Fox 11, Channel 9, Channel 5, and also on Extra! and Inside Edition. Dr. Cherry has a private practice in Encino, CA specializing in couples and sex therapy.

Ron Crane, MFT, a Marriage and Family Therapist, received his Bachelor of Science and his Master of Science degrees from Kansas State University. He has done extensive post-graduate work at the University of Missouri, the University of Southern California, and the University of California at Los Angeles.  He received a Doctor of Laws Degree, LLD (honoris causa) from International College in 1980 for his contributions to the Mental Health profession. Ron has been in the practice of psychotherapy for over forty-five years with special interest in: Individual and Couples Therapy, Gay and Lesbian Therapy, Sexual Therapy, and Addiction Therapy. He has been involved with: Sexual Abuse Treatment Centers, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Youth Shelters and Family Services, the South Central Los Angeles Mental Rehabilitation Center, and various addiction treatment programs.

Satisfactory Completion: Participants must attend each class to receive CE credit for the InterAnalytic Couples Therapy (IACT) course. Participants are currently allowed to miss two (2) classes in the Inter-Analytic Couples Therapy lecture series, but must complete the required reading for the missed class(es) and watch the DVD of the missed class(es) in order to meet the stated learning objectives. CE credit is not available for missed classes. Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in for each class, completed an evaluation, and signed out of each class in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the class. No exceptions will be made. Students that miss more than two (2) classes will be ineligible for CE credit. CE certificates will be emailed to participants within thirty (30) days of course completion in exchange for a completed course evaluation.

Refund Policy: All course cancellations and requests for refunds must be made in writing. Telephone requests will not be honored. Letters and/or an e-mail to the Executive Director should be received no later than 15 days prior to the first day of the course to receive a full refund of the course payments. An exception is made in the case of an emergency situation defined as the death or illness of registrant or a family member. In case of emergency, a full refund will be issued. In the case of a withdrawal from the course after the course has started, for any reason, the refund will consist of a prorated amount based on attendance, minus a $50.00 administrative fee. All refund requests should be made in writing and sent to: AACAST, Attn: Wendy Cherry, Executive Director, 1072 Katherine Rd., Santa Susana, CA, 93063 or by e-mail at

Accommodations for Disabilities: Participants who have a disability and require special assistance should contact Wendy Cherry, Psy.D. by email at or by phone at (818) 540-8657.

Grievances, issues, or concerns regarding the conference or registration should be addressed in writing and submitted to

The American Association of Couples and Sex Therapist (AACAST) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #133064) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. This course meets the qualifications for 46 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. AACAST maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

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