Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

Living Edition
| Editors: Jay Lebow, Anthony Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Sheinberg, Marcia

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_1017-1


Marcia Sheinberg, MSW


Marcia Sheinberg, MSW, is an internationally renowned family and couple theorist and therapist who has made outstanding contributions in several areas of clinical theory and practice. She is also an influential educator based at the Ackerman Institute for the Family.


Sheinberg received her BA in Sociology from Douglass College at Rutgers University in 1965 and her MSW from the NYU School of Social Work in 1970. In 1979, she received a postgraduate certificate in family therapy at Ackerman, where her major mentor was Olga Silverstein. Sheinberg’s first positions were as a case worker in the South East Bronx for the department of social service and as a staff social worker at the Children’s Aid Society in Buffalo, New York. She later was a social worker for the Princeton, New Jersey regional school system, from 1972 to 1982. Her major positions have been at the Ackerman Institute, where she began as a faculty member in 1980 and served as...

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Key Citations

  1. Goldner, V., Penn, P., Sheinberg, M., & Walker, G. (1990). Love and violence: Gender paradoxes in volatile attachments. Family Process, 29, 343–364.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. Peck, S. J., Sheinberg, M., & Akamatsu, N. (1995). Forming a consortium: A design for interagency collaboration in the delivery of service following the disclosure of incest. Family Process, 34, 287–302.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  3. Sheinberg, M. (1985). The debate: A strategic technique. Family Process, 24, 259–271.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  4. Sheinberg, M. (1988). Obsessions/counter-obsessions: A construction/reconstruction of meaning. Family Process, 27, 305–316.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  5. Sheinberg, M. (1992). Navigating treatment impasses at the disclosure of incest: A recursive process using a decision dialogue. Family Process, 47, 173–195.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Sheinberg, M., & Brewster, M. (2014). Thinking and working relationally: Interviewing and constructing hypotheses to create compassionate understanding. Family Process, 53, 618–639.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  7. Sheinberg, M., & Fraenkel, P. (2001). The relational trauma of incest: A family-based approach to treatment. New York: Guilford.Google Scholar
  8. Sheinberg, M., & Penn, P. (1991). Gender dilemmas, gender questions and the gender mantra. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 17, 33–44.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Sheinberg, M., & True, F. (2008). Treating family relational trauma: A recursive process using a decision dialogue. Family Process, 47, 173–195.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  10. Sheinberg, M., True, F., & Fraenkel, P. (1994). Treating the sexually abused child: A recursive multimodal program. Family Process, 33, 263–276.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The City College of New YorkNew YorkUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Margarita Tarragona
    • 1
  • Bahareh Sahebi
    • 2
  1. 1.PositivaMente & Grupo Campos ElíseosMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA