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courses are co-authored by Dr. Debbie Swayman, LMFT and Karen Kaplan, MS, MS.Ed.

Their courses reflect the needs of today's families, based on comments and questions they receive from clients and community members who are experiencing difficulty in their own lives, or the lives of their family members.

Debbie and Karen are co-directors of Family Therapy Associates, a private practice located in Coral Springs, Florida . They specialize in relationship, divorce, and blended family issues. For more information, please visit

Their unique backgrounds have created a formidable, partnership that utilizes their diverse expertise, perspectives, and interests to provide comprehensive courses in a "virtual instructor" design, which holds the interest of the reader.

Debbie and Karen also write a monthly column known as “Family Matters”.


Karen Kaplan, MS, MS.Ed- Karen holds a Master Degree of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University, a Bachelors Degree in Education from Boston University as well as a Masters in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition she has authored additional courses on the subject of aging and care-giving.



Dr. Debbie Swayman, DMFT, LMFT- Debbie holds a Masters Degree and a Doctorate Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from State University of New York College at Buffalo, and a Masters Degree in Speech/Language Pathology. In addition she is on the adjunct faculty for graduate studies in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Nova Southeastern University, and is also a clinical member and approved supervisor for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.



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