The workshop will take place at the beautiful Casa per Ferie Sacro Cuore, a private conference center in Marina di Massa, a small village on the west coast of Tuscany ( The residence is only a few meters from a private beach, where guests will find umbrellas, seats and lounge chairs. Marina di Massa is strategically located close to Lucca, Pisa, Massa Carrara (marble caves), Florence and Cinque Terre. Delicious and rich breakfasts and regional Italian lunches will be provided to participants.

Special diets can be accommodated upon request.

Workshop participants can fly to either Milan (276 km), Florence (120 km), or Pisa (60 km) and take the train to Massa or rent a car to come to conference site. Those arriving by train can arrange to be picked up at the train station for a small fee.


Housing (single/double) with half-board (breakfast and lunch) is included in the registration fee. Space is provided on the registration webpage for indicating arrival and departure dates and the type of housing you prefer.

Attendees wishing to arrive early or stay late may do so for an additional fee. Guests and family members of workshop attendees are welcome to stay at the training site during the workshop and to join us on the optional excursions.

The fees for additional guests are indicated on the reverse (See Additional Lodging).

This training week is designed for individuals who wish to gain in-depth knowledge about Therapeutic Assessment with adult clients. The training is a recommended first step for clinicians wanting to achieve certification in Therapeutic Assessment with adults. Dr. Finn and his colleagues will lecture on the essential concepts and skills involved in Therapeutic Assessment of adults. Then participants will view video examples presented by members of the Therapeutic Assessment Institute that illustrate each step in a Therapeutic Assessment with adults: Initial Sessions, Standardized Test Administration, the Extended Inquiry, Assessment Intervention Sessions, Summary/ Discussion Sessions, and Follow-up Sessions. Following each didactic portion, attendees will participate in structured role plays during which they will practice the essential skills of Therapeutic Assessment with guidance from the workshop faculty.

All lectures will be given in English and Italian. Videotapes will be subtitled into Italian or English, and role-play groups will be in English or Italian.

Optional excursions

We are organizing four optional excursions for participants attending the workshop and their guests. Once you have registered for the workshop, you will receive information on the excursions and be asked to choose any, all, or none of them and to pay the additional fees. All participants to the workshop have free access to the private beach of the Casa per Ferie (see, Location). The dates and locations are:

Wednesday, June 27, Pisa
Pisa is a perfect town for a half-day visit. All its most important treasures are within walking distance, and visitors can grasp how the fundamentals of Romanesque architecture morphed into the Reinassance in Tuscany, and from there, to the rest of Europe. Known worldwide for its leaning tower, Pisa was one of the four main historical Maritime Republics of Italy, along with Venice, Genoa, and Naples. The main tourist attraction is the Miracle Square, site of the leaning tower (built over 199 years, starting in 1173 and finishing in 1372), and also of an historic Medieval architectural complex that comprises the famous Duomo, the Baptistry, and the Graveyard.

Friday, June 29, Cinque Terre
"The Five Lands" is composed of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over the centuries, people have carefully built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. Part of its charm is the lack of visible corporate development. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, and cars cannot reach them from the outside. Visiting Cinque Terre provides a deep experience of a unique natural environment, ancient agricultural and fishermen's ways of life, and traditional Italian food from the seaside. Anchovies, pesto, focaccia, and farinata are some of the regional specialties that visitors can enjoy.

Sunday, July 1st, Lucca
Lucca is one of the cities most loved in all of Tuscany, a classic stop that can't be missed in exploring the region. Most of the attractions in Lucca today show its ancient history: from the trace of the Roman amphiteater that can be seen in the shape of the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro to the archeological remains under the 12th century church of Saints Giovanni and Reparata, to the various towers and villas from the 12th to 16th centuries. As the city was grew and was modernized, the walls that surrounded the old town were maintained and the top of the walls became a pedestrian promenade, today one of Lucca's main attractions. Other top attractions include the Piazza of San Michele with its beautiful Church of San Michele in Foro, the Basilica of San Frediano, as well as the Clock Tower and Guinigi Tower, to name just a few.

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