Since the early 1980s, Ellyn Bader, Ph.D. has specialized in helping couples transform their relationships. She is considered by many to be the preeminent expert in couples therapy training. Ellyn founded and directs the Couples Institute with the help of her husband, Peter Pearson. She started as a family therapist and found that more often than not, when a couple had relationship problems, their kids were directly effected by their problems. Overtime, Ellyn became interested in couple’s relationships especially with what made them work and what didn’t. Ellyn and her husband started doing a few workshops for couples and it eventually led to the creation of The Couple’s Institute. Later they discovered that they could share their experiences with other family therapists and created their online training program for therapists through their Couples Institute Developmental Model and their Master Mentoring program.
Our conversation centered on the challenges of moving from a traditional business model to a completely new online training program.