Council for Relationships, Inc.

aka Council for Relationships, Inc.   |   Philadelphia, PA   |  www.councilforrelationships.org

Mission

Council for Relationships is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help people from all walks of life improve their important relationships by providing exemplary therapy, educating and training clinicians in the family systems approach, and advancing the behavioral health field through research.

Ruling year info

1958

Co-Interim Chief Executive Officer / Chief Clinical Officer

Ms. Emma Steiner

Co-Interim Chief Executive Officer / Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Howard Cohen

Main address

4025 Chestnut Street 1st Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA

Show more contact info

Formerly known as

The Marriage Council of Philadelphia

Penn Council for Relationships

EIN

23-6297362

NTEE code info

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2019, 2019 and 2018.
Register now

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

This profile needs more info.

If it is your nonprofit, add a problem overview.

Login and update

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Transcending Trauma Project

Since 1991, the Transcending Trauma Project has conducted 305 in-depth life histories with 98 Holocaust survivors, their children, and their grandchildren to examine how Holocaust survivors have coped, adapted and rebuilt their lives and how their trauma and recovery has affected their families. TTP is the only research project to interview three generations of survivors and their families to look at pre-war and post-war factors, family dynamics, coping and adaptation strategies after the war, and the impact of severe trauma.

The project has produced 1,200 hours of interviews which are permanently preserved as digital files. The Phil Wachs and Juliet Spitzer Archive of the Transcending Trauma Project is housed at both Yad Vashem and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and is available onsite to the public.

TTP’s findings have been published in articles appearing in mental health professional literature and in two books: Transcending Trauma: Survival, Resilience, and Clinical Implications in Survivor Families (Routledge 2012), and Narrative Reflections: How Witnessing Their Stories Changes our Lives (Hamilton Books 2013). Additionally, the research findings of TTP have inspired Master’s level college courses, as well as presentations at academic conferences, mental health conferences and community events.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Community Partnerships Initiative (CPI) of Council for Relationships was established in 2007 to extend the reach of therapeutic services to help vulnerable individuals and families heal from trauma, improve mental and emotional wellbeing and re-establish healthy relationships through collaborative partnerships. CPI eliminates common barriers to receiving mental health care by offering on-site, no-cost therapeutic services that are responsive to client and agency needs throughout the greater Philadelphia area.

CPI partners include Acts Christian Transitional Services, Eliza Shirley House, Families Forward Philadelphia, HELP Philadelphia, Jane Addams Place, Mother’s Home, Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network, Project HOME, Red Cross House, Freire Charter School, and Southwark School.

Individual, couple, and family therapy is available, as well as group interventions for adults, children, teens and families. The therapeutic focus of our work includes grief and loss, trauma, parenting, relationship challenges and recovery from mental illness and substance abuse. As part of the CPI mission, Council staff support the training and capacity-building goals of our community partners by offering workshops, consultation, and guidance for the partner agency staff.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups

Operation Home and Healing (OHH) provides counseling and programs for active service members, Veterans and their families. Specially-trained therapists work with Veterans and their loved ones to help heal the invisible wounds on their individual, couple, and family relationships. Council’s therapists aim to help Veterans and their families heal and become better partners, parents, and family members. OHH is led by an esteemed advisory board of military psychology experts.

Council offers the following special counseling services for Veterans and military families:
• Therapists with specialized training in military culture and competency
• Therapeutic interactive group programs for active service members, military families and Veterans
• Counseling to military families, spouses, and non-married partners with or without the Veteran present
• Appointments within 48 hours after intake contact
• Affordable sliding fee scale based on income
• Subsidized services available on a limited basis
• Training for mental health professionals or clergy working with military families or Veterans

OHH services are provided in private counseling settings as well as in group programs which offer education and skill building. OHH is at the forefront of military culturally competent counseling services, as one of the 13% of service providers nationally who meet the Department of Defense/Veterans Administration standards for providing mental health services to Veterans (RAND, 2014).

Our staff is specially trained to meet Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs criteria as being culturally competent with military personnel and their families. This criterion includes:
• Therapists who are knowledgeable about military culture and structure
• Evidence-based treatment approaches
• Intake screening procedures to identify Veterans and post deployment mental health issues

Population(s) Served
Adults

Low or No Fee therapy is provided on a sliding-fee scale to individuals with low income, which allows access to services regardless of the client’s ability to pay. Last year, CFR saw 1,608 clients at low or no fee who otherwise would not have had access to high quality counseling.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups

CFR’s Education and Training programs expand high quality services for our community by training therapists and others in the mental health field. Started in the 1950s, CFR’s Post-Graduate Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy is the first of its kind to educate clinicians and clergy in marital, family and sex therapy. CFR educates the next generation of relationship therapists through the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) accredited Post-Graduate Certificate program. Today, CFR’s Post-Graduate Certificate program remains the only COAMFTE accredited training program with a clergy track.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Master’s Degree in Family Therapy program is a unique collaboration between Council for Relationships and Thomas Jefferson University’s College of Health Professions, bringing together the talents and resources of two respected organizations. Experienced CFR clinicians teach in the program and supervise students as they complete their clinical hour requirements. The program focuses on areas including marital intervention, family therapy with children, divorce and remarriage, family violence and medical family therapy. There are two specialty tracks: family therapy and sex therapy.

Population(s) Served
Adults

WPHS helps women navigate mental health concerns through all the stages of their lives.

Women often face a unique set of psychological difficulties. WPHS brings together clinicians who specialize in women’s issues so we can provide the best care to fit your needs. Our services include individual counseling, couple and family therapy, sex therapy, and psychiatric medication treatment and referrals.

Our therapists and psychiatrists help women with:
- Premenstrual Syndromes: Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
- Menopause: Adjusting to the transition
- Pregnancy: Planning and managing a pregnancy with psychological or psychiatric concerns
- Postpartum: Managing the postpartum transition, including postpartum depression
- Fertility: Issues Handling infertility, trouble conceiving
-Pregnancy Loss: Grieving the loss of a pregnancy or the loss of an infant
- Cancer: Breast and gynecological cancers
- Other mental health concerns that affect women

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Social and economic status
Health
Family relationships
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Accreditations

American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists 2021

Affiliations & memberships

American Psychological Association 2013

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

Financials

Council for Relationships, Inc.
lock

Unlock financial insights by subscribing to our monthly plan.

Subscribe

Unlock nonprofit financial insights that will help you make more informed decisions. Try our monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights?
Learn more about GuideStar Pro.

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

Council for Relationships, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/15/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. David Bricker

Mortgage Capital Trading (MCT)

Term: 2021 - 2022

Michael Veloric

Veloric Asset Management

Stanley Muravchick

University of Pennsylvania

Edward Blumstein

Edward Blumstein, P.C.

Lana Watkins

Consortium, Inc

Karen Ix

Shelby Riley

Dave Bricker

Mortgage Capital Trading

Graham Brent

NCCCO

Jackie Zavitz

Heidrick & Struggles

Tonya Zweier

Innovairre

James Ask

Pennsylvania Trust

Jeff Gibbard

The Superhero Institute

Steven Kempf

GMS

Lisa Koblin

Saul Ewing

Robert Perkel

Jefferson University Hospital

Samantha Porter

City of Philadelphia

Paula Smith-Benson

Women Veteran Command Center

Judy Tykocinski

Emmy Miller

Liberty Business Strategies, Ltd.

Krystal Dillard

Natural Creativity

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/17/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/17/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.