The Master Class
Advanced Training for Experienced Couples Therapists
About the Program:
The Master Class was a three-year advanced training for experienced couples therapists. It was an intensive training program that consisted of six five-day group sessions spread over three years, five two-hour teleconferences with Hedy between sessions, and additional teachings that Hedy gave to the group throughout the time together, based on need, and new learnings that were appropriate for the class.
Topics included "Encounter-centered Couples Therapy,” Hedy's major contribution to the art of working with couples, as well as a great many engaging and pertinent topics of importance to the growth of the skills and effectiveness of Couples Therapists. Hedy taught therapists how to create “presence” in themselves and in their couples. Therapists learned how to free blocked energy - energy that was embedded in their own and their couples’ survival patterns, whether semiconscious and/or unconscious.
It was Hedy's genuine desire to work in a group setting, gathering kindred spirits, who feel called to a path towards assisting couples in their own journey towards connected living, and relational maturity. This, Hedy believes, is essential to how we will transform our world. Those who applied needed to be seeking to work in-depth in order to grow their own relational maturity, and help others on the road. The Master Class was unique opportunity of profound personal development and professional growth.
Therapists applied with the understanding that they were willing and ready to take steps at their growth edge as a therapist and as a person, and were committed to the evolution of their own relational intelligence and relational maturity, and prepared to reveal their greatest, most vital, and passionate potential as a couples therapist.
Hedy led two three-year Master Classes. The first Master Class had 34 therapists enrolled and ran from 2011 to 2014. The second Master Class, which ran from 2014 to 2017, had 32 therapists enrolled. A directory of these therapists and relationship coaches who completed Hedy’s Master Class in Encounter-centered Couples Therapy, can be found here. These are the only therapists in the world who can call themselves “Practitioners of EcCT”
Encounter-centered Couples Therapy (EcCT)
From a new and important juncture in her professional life, Hedy Schleifer, MA, LMHC, founder of the Tikkun Learning Center, made a decision. She decided to “download” the whole program that has revealed itself to her during the 25+ years during which she conducted a focused clinical laboratory for her work with couples. The Master Class is the resulting training program which includes everything Hedy found relevant to couples therapy, everything that Hedy would like to “download”, and everything that went into the creation of “Encounter-centered Couples Therapy.”
This new method of working with couples is intended to help couples not only reconnect, but also achieve higher relational intelligence and greater relational maturity. EcCT is receiving growing recognition by both therapists and couples who have heard of Hedy's unique therapeutic skills and methods.
“My approach to couples work is to visualize it as a path to the achievement of higher relational intelligence and greater relational maturity. Over the 25+ years of experience in my clinical laboratory, as well as the 52 years of my personal work in the living laboratory of my own marriage, I have come to a new integration of the fabric of everything “relational” that informs me. It has crystallized into a simple concept of the “three invisible connectors”: the Space, the Bridge and the Encounter.
I chose the title “Master Class,” because I want to transmit my work to couples therapists and relationship coaches who want to develop and hone their own mastery in couples work. I also long to have people take up the torch, and become themselves teachers and mentors of the unique discipline that I am presenting.”