Couples Therapy Peer Consultation Group: Patterns in Interpersonal Interactions by Karl Tomm
9 Wednesdays;Bi-weekly
February 7- May 29, 2024; 12:00pm-1:30PM ET 

13.5 CEs | Live On Zoom

Facilitator: Jeremiah Gibson, LMFT
Program Dates: 9 Meetings February 7, February 21, March 6, March 20, April 3, April 17, May 1, May 15, May 29 

Cost of Program: FREE for Members – Become an NEAFAST Member! $80 for Non-Members 13.5 CEs: $175 for Members, $202 for Non-Members

The Couples Therapy Peer Consultation Group: Patterns in Interpersonal Interactions is a biweekly, 13.5 CE event that will meet in 9 90-minute segments.  

Karl Tomm and company’s book Patterns in Interpersonal Interactions is a seminal textbook for understanding how to effectively work with couple dynamics, rather than doing individual therapy in the presence of one’s partner. Each group meeting will be a combination of reviewing Tomm’s process (approximately 45 minutes) and sharing one case consultation from a group member (approximately 45 minutes). Each group meeting coincides with a chapter from Tomm’s book: 

            —February 7: Introduction: Origins of the PIPs and HIPs Framework
February 21: Introducing the IPscope 
March 6: Conceptualizing Interactional Patterns 
March 20: A Life History of a PIP 
April 3: Can I Give You a TIP? Inviting Healing Conversations in Practice 
April 17: Braiding Socio-Cultural Interpersonal Patterns into Therapy 
May 1: Gendered PIPs and HIPs and Societal Discourses 
May 15: Sensing, Understanding, and Moving Beyond Intercultural PIPs 
May 29: Continuing the Journey 

Learning will happen from a combination of two short reviews of the material—one presentation, where the group facilitator will summarize the content, and one from the group, as they make reflections on the content from the week. Participants will be expected to buy the book and read the chapter prior to each group; participants who fail to do this may be asked to leave the group. Participants will also learn how to implement the skills discussed in the book through case studies, role plays, and reflecting team elements.

Continuing education units will be distributed to all who attend all 9 sessions. If folks need to miss one session, they will be asked to write a 2-3 page summary about the content from the chapter, and how they plan on implementing this information with a deidentified couple.

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Jeremiah Gibson, LMFT, is the Executive Director of the New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy (NEAFAST), a professional association dedicated to the expansion of quality training and education in family and relational therapy in Massachusetts. He is a certified sex therapist through the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), and works with couples at the South Shore Sexual Health Center in Quincy, MA, where he is also on the faculty for their year-long training program for sex therapy. Jeremiah also co-hosts the podcast Sexvangelicals: The Sex Education the Church Didn't Want You to Have.

This activity is pending certification by the New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy (NEAFAST) on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions for LMFT professional continuing education.

This activity can be retroactively approved for CEs for Massachusetts LMHCs. Learn more at

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Please note: It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

Cancellation Policy: Please email us at [email protected] if you are unable to make it.