Barbara Rothberg received her MSW in 1975 and her DSW, doctorate in Social Work, in 1984. Her dissertation on Custody Mediation addressed the complex issues of joint custody. With an early interest in family therapy, Barbara completed a 3 year Post-Master’s Program in Family Therapy in 1980, specializing in couple treatment at the Hunter School of Social Work. Throughout the years, she also received advanced training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and The Family Institute of Westchester, as well as completing the EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) externship.
Barbara completed Mediation Training from the Center for Understanding in Conflict in 2007, which led to her developing a collaborative practice in divorce coaching and family specialist work. She also completed advanced training programs in Elder Mediation, and Child Inclusive Mediation to assist families in transition with decision making.
In addition, she has been interested in Buddhist traditions of meditation and mindfulness and has been integrating these concepts into her work. She has attended several trainings on meditation and mediation.
As well as being in practice for more than forty years, Barbara has taught Couple Therapy courses to graduate students at Hunter and NYU Schools of Social Work for more than 20 years. Throughout her career, she has facilitated workshops and presented seminars and webinars on various topics. She has published several professional articles on couple issues.
The many years of working and learning have enabled Barbara to work empathically with each situation in a unique and creative manner.
Barbara is a mother and a grandmother and lives in Brooklyn.