Introduction to Couples Counseling Starts with Clinical Assessment

  • Friday, May 20, 2022
  • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM


  • If you are a current Bachelors or Masters-level student, and a member of MHCCF, you may register for this educational training under this category. MHCCF Student membership DOES NOT apply to Doctoral students who have completed their Masters degrees. Students are not applicable to receive CEUs, and if you are seeking CEU credit, you must update your membership-level to the appropriate status prior to registering for a MHCCF training. Thank you!

Program Information: 

Title: Introduction to Couples Counseling Starts with Clinical Assessment

Presenter: Melissa Comeau, Ed.S., LMHC, LMFT, NCC

Date: May 20, 2022

Live Event: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

(Announcements, virtual networking) 9:00 - 9:30 am

(Presentation) 9:30 - 10:30 am

*Your Zoom Link will be sent out at 8:30 am on the day of the event.*

Presentation Summary:

In this training, attendees are presented with information on how to determine when couples are appropriate for couples counseling. This information is helpful for all counselors including those who do not specialize in couples therapy. Understanding when couples are appropriate for couples counseling can also assist with providing appropriate recommendations and referrals to clients and couples. In this training, attendees will also become familiar with the systems perspective, be aware of costs and benefits of individual and dyad assessment models and explore their role as a couples therapist. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will become familiar with a basic understanding of the systems perspective and how it applies to working with couples. 

  2. Participants will learn how to assess clients for appropriateness of couples counseling including contraindications of couples counseling. 

  3. Participants will be made aware of costs and benefits of incorporating individual assessment in couples counseling versus a dyad-only assessment model. 

  4. Participants will begin to explore the professional role as a couples therapist. 

Speaker Bio:  

Melissa Comeau, Ed. S., LMHC, LMFT, NCC

Melissa has 13 years of experience working with couples, individuals and groups. Melissa has a private practice focusing on interpersonal relationship concerns. Melissa has experience working in college counseling centers focusing on work with young adults where one of the top concerns are relationship issues. Melissa started her career working in community mental health and non-profit agencies including Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault agencies, where she received training in identifying unhealthy and toxic dynamics in relationships. Melissa has a passion working with individuals and couples with diverse backgrounds and believes in the importance of multiculturalism. Melissa is active in increasing diversity awareness as the Diversity Chair for the Central Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CFAMFT) where she helped to put together panel discussions on Black Mental Health and Asian Mental Health. Melissa received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Master's of Science Degree and Education Specialist Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Florida State University. Melissa holds licenses and certifications as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Board Certified - National Certified Counselor. Melissa is also a Qualified Supervisor. 

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