About the Couples Conference


The Couples Conference is open to professionals in health or mental health-related fields, including physicians, doctoral-level psychologists and dentists who are qualified for membership in, or are members of, their respective professional organizations (eg. AMA, APA, ADA), and to professionals with health-related graduate degrees (eg. MSW, MSN, MA or MS) from accredited institutions. Full-time graduate students in accredited programs leading to such degrees will be accepted if they supply a letter from their department on letterhead stationery, certifying their full-time status as of May 2023.

The Couples Conference is organized by The Milton H. Erickson Foundation, Inc., a federal nonprofit corporation, formed to promote and advance the contributions to the health sciences by the late Milton H. Erickson, MD. In addition to organizing congresses, workshops, Brief Therapy and Couples Conferences, the Erickson Foundation also organized eight landmark Evolution of Psychotherapy Conferences in 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017 and 2020 attracting more than 8,000 professionals from around the world at each conference. The Milton H. Erickson Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, physical challenge, gender or sexual orientation.

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The Couples Conference is organized in partnership with The Couples Institute.

For more than 35 years, Dr. Ellyn Bader and Dr. Peter Pearson have been helping couples resolve issues and create strong, loving relationships. Known worldwide through their pioneering work in couples therapy, they are the founders of The Couples Institute in Melo Park, California.

They are frequently invited to speak at major conferences and to conduct training in the psychological treatment of couples throughout the world. Their books on couples therapy for professionals is used in graduate schools across the country. In addition to their professional collaboration, they are marriet to each other, bringing even greater insight into the work they do. They will educate, enlighten and entertain you with the challenges they have faced as a couple, and how they overcame them to build a strong marriage.

Ellyn and Peter have been featured on over 50 radio shows and on television including “The Today Show” and “CBS Early Morning News.” The Bader-Pearson approach is known for its practical applications that help partners create enduring love.

The Couples Institute
445 Burgess Drive, Suite 150
Menlo Park, CA 94025 
Toll Free: 877-327-5915