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Foundation in Family Therapy




The Magic of Connection



September 21 2023-January 25, 2024

Paula Ochs LCSW, TEP



Are you working with children and adolescents and feel that you would like to know how to engage the parents in your work in order to enhance your effectiveness with your clients? Are you unsure of how to help your individual adult clients resolve 

issues with family of origin or current family members? If you answered yes, you will benefit from this 10 week course, 

Foundation in Family Therapy


This 10-week intensive training in family therapy in Northern NJ  offers clinicians in private practice and in agency environments a foundation in family therapy. Participants will gain an understanding of: why family therapy is a revolutionary step in psychotherapy; the importance of family dynamics; the role of intergenerational dynamics in the family structure; the importance of the body/mind connection; and the development of the self as therapist.






This course, Foundation in Family Therapy-The Magic of Connection, Approval #223003-315, provided by Paula Ochs is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: Thursday, April 14, 2022 through August 31, 2024. New Jersey social workers will receive 30 Clinical & Social and Cultural Competence CE credits for participating in this course.


For registration and more information on

Foundation in Family Therapy contact Paula Ochs



This course is appropriate for licensed social workers, especially LCSW's, family therapists, and counselors who are interested in learning how to do clinical work with couples and families. There are limited seats available.



Paula Ochs will draw on her rich experience as an active clinician, supervisor, and educator in order to teach beginning and intermediate level clinicians who wish to treat couples and families. Paula has taught and supervised for many years and has found that experiential leaning is the most powerful form of learning.  She uses a unique combination of Structural, Developmental, and Psychodramatic theories in her work.   


Participants will learn that current and past events and relationships, both physical and psychological, along with 

environmental factors, have a profound effect on couples and families.  Paula will provide instruction using videotaped sessions from master clinicians.  She will also reference writings from leaders such as Thomas Szasz and 

Daniel N. Stern, designed to challenge common assumptions about mental health.  Participants will engage in role-play and sculpting in order to learn the concepts.


Participants will be able to…


  • Gain an overview of family treatment and its relation to clinical practice.

  • Reframe problems from an individual to an interpersonal perspective.

  • Develop skills in making systemic and developmental assessments/ interventions that embrace current relationships/events and include the dynamics of family of origin.

  • Learn how to incorporate movement/action in assessments and interventions with a wide range of clients.

  • Develop multi-cultural sensitivity in assessing dysfunctional patterns and acquiring knowledge of appropriate interventions to alter family structure.

  • Identify how participants’ roles and experiences in their family of origin and current life have an impact on the therapist/client relationship and treatment. A certificate is provided at the end of the course.



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Paula Ochs LCSW, TEP

Paula Ochs is an experienced family therapist, psychodramatist, and certified supervisor practicing in New Jersey for over 25 years.  She is the founder and director of Chrysalis Clinical Supervision and Training, which specializes in the professional development of social workers, family therapists, and counselors, at all levels.  Paula is an Adjunct Associate Professor at NYU and Columbia and has taught family therapy at both the graduate and institute levels. She has presented workshops on many topics including Family Therapy in Action and Psychodrama, at universities and conferences around the country.  She has trained intensively with several master therapists including Sal Minuchin, Maurizio Andolfi, and Jeff Zeig.

When: Thursdays, 9:00AM until noon.

Classes begin 9/21/23

Where: Upper Montclair, NJ



Registration is $995. Partial refund available until 6/1/23. No refunds available from 6/2/23 on.

All requests for refunds and other grievances must be sent in writing to Paula Ochs. Please contact Paula Ochs for instructions for disability access. Chrysalis Clinical Supervision & Training is wheelchair accessible.

Dates: 9/21/23, 10/5/23, 10/19/23, 11/2/23, 11/16/23, 11/30/23, 12/14/23, 1/11/24, 1/25/24, 2/8/24.


*Dates  may be subject to change. A "weather day" will be available in May 2024.

Please contact Paula Ochs at for instructions for disability access. Chrysalis Clinical Supervision & Training is wheelchair accessible.

       For more information: contact Paula Ochs

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