Couples & Sex Therapy Seminar - Case Consultation

Couples & Sex Therapy Seminar - Case Consultation


Runs concurrent with Part I: InterAnalytic Couples Therapy (July-Dec.) and Part II: Human Sexuality, Sex Education & Sex Therapy (Jan.-June). Registration covers one six month course.


Online - Zoom Platform

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 9th 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.


The Advanced Couples & Sex Therapy Seminar - Case Consultation class is offered to all mental health professionals, and is designed to incorporate multiple instructional levels (introductory, intermediate and advanced). Participants include the residents and students who are enrolled in the Couples & Sex Therapy Training Program from 12:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. PST.

Morning Seminar - 10:45 am - 12:00 pm PST
  • Ron Crane, MFT and Mark Winitsky, PsyD
Afternoon Seminar - 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm PST
  • Wendy Cherry, Psy.D and Alexandra Pinkus, MFT

Registered students can attend either or both seminars each week.

The goal of this seminar course is to assist students who are interested in working with couples in therapy, or who have gained fundamental knowledge and seek to refine their skills and become more comfortable understanding and working with couples. Students attending this course are strongly encouraged to present actual couples therapy cases for consultation. There will be case conferences, direct case consultation and role play.

Educational Goals:

This course is designed to help participants:

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. neuroscientific, psychomotor, psychobiological) 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.


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.

Wendy Cherry, Psy.D, a licensed psychotherapist, is the co-founder of AACAST, and the Co-Director of the Couples and Sex Therapy Training Program. She trained with Dr. Walter Brackelmanns for seventeen years, is a part of Dr. Allan Schore's Developmental Neurobiology and Clinical Application study group, and has taught at universities and colleges in the LA area. Dr. Cherry has developed an expertise in the neuroscientific theories of relationship and clinical treatment of insecure attachment organization. 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 speaker and media expert on internet issues in the Los Angeles area. 

Satisfactory Completion: Participants must attend each class in the Advanced Couples & Sex Therapy Seminar in order to meet the requirements for AACAST Certification. Participants are currently allowed to miss three (3) classes in this seminar, but must demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills in the four levels of interaction in IACT, and the four sexual issues addressed in HSSEST. Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in for each class, completed an evaluation, and signed out of each class in order to receive an attendance certificate. 

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, 93065 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

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