Professional Education


Upcoming Events

We are excited to introduce our upcoming fall workshops!

MTZ Counseling is approved by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work to provide continuing education to LMSW/LCSW’s; and by the New York State Education Department State Board of Mental Health Practitioners to provide continuing education to LMHC’s. Please scroll down to our policies section for more information.

Registration for workshops is now open! Please register by clicking the Sign Up Now button. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to each event. You may register at the door for most workshops.

Some educational events are by pre-registration only. Please check details for each event.


If you have any questions or inquiries regarding our workshops, contact Michal at or you can register below,


This workshop is postponed. Please check back for workshop updates.

Polyamory and Consensual non-monogamy in the Clinical Encounter: An Introduction for Clinicians Who Are Curious and Concerned


Many clinicians are noticing polyamory and consensual non-monogamy (CNM) as an increasing aspect of our clients’ lives. In this workshop clinicians will have the opportunity to learn about the rate, frequency and history of polyamory and CNM in the United States, and current trends and evolving norms in polyamorous/CNM culture. How are polyamorous/CNM people the same as and different from their monogamous peers? How can people use polyamory/CNM that help them build happier lives? Adversely, how do people use polyamory/CNM that cause them to have less happier lives? Through lecture and case presentation, these questions and participants questions will be discussed.


The Different Roads to Divorce: A Divorce Attorney Explains Mediation as an Alternative to Litigation

Note: Date change and reduced cost!

Date: Tuesday, November 12th, 2019, 6-7:30pm
Presenters: Louisa DeRose, JD, and Michal Tziyon, LCSW
Location: The offices Rower, LLC, 387 Park Avenue South, Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10016
Length of Workshop in contact hours: 1.5 Contact hours (1.5 CEU’s for LMSW/LCSW’s and LMHC’s)
Cost: $20 pre-registration required


In our work with clients, we often are faced with the question of divorce. It is helpful for us, as clinicians, to understand the realities of the process in order to be informed in exploring the realities with our clients. In this workshop, Louisa DeRose, a divorce attorney and Ackerman trained mediator, will present and discuss the fundamentals, basic principles and process of divorce in New York State.

The presentation will include a discussion about the three main roads to divorce: Negotiation/litigation, collaboration and mediation. The benefits and drawbacks of each method will be addressed, with a focus on the benefits of mediation. The four main issues of divorce - child support, custody, maintenance, property division – will be presented through the lens of the mediator, with a description of the process of working out a settlement agreement and filing paperwork. Participants will obtain the tools to guide their clients in the right direction if and when the client’s goal is to get a divorce.


Past Events

  • Being Apart to Be Together: Helping Couples Tolerate Intimacy with Teresa Solomita, LCSW, NCPsyA

  • Working with Substance Abuse: The Full Spectrum with Jeremey Chase, LMHC, NCC

  • Keeping Treatment Alive: How to Resolve Resistances to Treatment in the Therapeutic Dyad with Josie Oppenheim, LP, Psya. D. and Michal Tziyon, LCSW

 Our Faculty


Louisa DeRose, J.D.

Louisa DeRose, J.D., is an attorney and mediator who trained as a litigator at the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. Having recognized that settling divorces and related issues outside the courtroom can often be in a family’s best interests, Ms. Derose also trained as a mediator at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Ms. DeRose is as adept at helping her mediation clients collectively work towards making the best choices for their future, as she is fighting for her client’s rights in the courtroom.

Kyra Grosman, Psy. D.

Kyra Grosman, Psy.D., holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, and a Psy. D. in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has been working in the field of mental health and psychotherapy since 2009, presently in private practice in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Grosman specializes in working with the queer community in a culturally competent manner and guides queer people to live their best lives. He aims to teach the relationship skills people need to have fulfilling relationships and believes relationships should be created intentionally and with thought.

Josie Oppenheim, LP, Psya. D.

Josie Oppenheim, Psya.D., L.P., is on the research and teaching faculties at the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies (CMPS) in New York City, where she is a supervisor and training analyst. She was a clinical supervisor at the New School for Social Research, Department of Psychology and Mental Health Consultant and Supervisor for Grand Street Settlement’s Early Childhood Programs. Previously trained as an actress and stage director, she was co-founder and Artistic Director of the Stella Adler Conservatory Theater. Dr. Oppenheim presents regularly at national and international conferences on psychoanalytic and cultural topics. She has authored numerous papers for professional journals, national magazines and college texts and her journal papers have appeared on the syllabi of psychoanalytic training programs. She is a recipient of the Phyllis W. Meadow Award for Excellence in Psychoanalytic Writing and is a Gradiva Award nominee. She is in private practice in New York City.

Teresa Solomita, LCSW, NCPsyA

Teresa Solomita, LCSW, is a NAAP certified psychoanalyst and graduate of the Center for Modern Psychoanalysis and The Center for Group Studies. She has trained at The Couples Institute in the attachment/ developmental model of couple therapy. Ms. Solomita has been in practice for over 15 years, specializing in working with people who are struggling in their relationships and have a desire to change. She is in private practice in Brooklyn and NYC where she works with individuals, couples and groups.

Michal Tziyon, LCSW

Michal Tziyon, LCSW, is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She obtained her Master of Social Work Degree from New York University with post-graduate clinical training in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy at the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, and family and divorce mediation training from the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Ms Tziyon has been in practice since 1999, in the field of mental health and forensic family work and specializes in the clinical supervision and training of clinicians. Ms Tziyon has been exclusively in independent practice since 2007 in New York City, presently in the Tribeca neighborhood in lower Manhattan. In 2017 she expanded her practice to include additional psychotherapists under her supervision.

 Workshop Information


 Workshop Policies

Our educational workshops are open to mental health professionals and graduate students of all disciplines.

MTZ Counseling (Michal Tziyon, LCSW, PLLC) is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of Continuing Education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors #MHC-0170.

MTZ Counseling (Michal Tziyon, LCSW, PLLC) is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing Education for licensed social workers #SW-0578.

Certificates of Completion are provided to participants via email within 5 business days of the educational event.

Workshop Proposals

If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a workshop or educational activity, please contact Michal at

Workshop Requests

If you have a particular interest in a topic, clinical issue, theoretical orientation, technique or any topic relevant to continuing education for professionals in mental health, please contact Michal at

Costs, Refunds and Cancelation Policy

  • The cost of each workshop is indicated with the workshop description.

  • You will receive a full refund if cancelling more than 2 business days/48 hours prior to the time and date of this event.

  • There is no refund if cancelling less than 2 days/48 hours prior to time and date of this event

  • You will be fully refunded if MTZCounseling cancels an event.