NIRE’s Staff

The Staff of
The National Institute of Relationship Enhancement
The staff of the National Institute of Relationship Enhancement consists of a multi-disciplinary team of mental health professionals from the fields of psychology and clinical social work who are active both in providing counseling services and conducting training workshops for mental health professionals. NIRE also maintains a referral network of highly respected professionals who provide auxiliary services such as psychological assessment, educational testing, child psychiatry and adult psychiatry.
Bernard Guerney, Jr., Ph.D.
Institute Director, NIRE
Director of Couple/Family Therapy Training
Bernard Guerney, Jr., Ph.D., founder of the National Institute of Relationship Enhancement®, is internationally recognized as one of the most prominent and innovative practitioners of marital and family therapy. His methods have been developed and refined in over thirty five years of practicing, teaching and supervising individual, marital, group, and family therapy. His presentations and workshops have elicited high praise and great enthusiasm on four continents. For their work in developing Relationship Enhancement® therapy and enrichment methods, Dr. Guerney and his wife, Dr. Louise Guerney, have won several national awards. He is a fellow in five APA divisions, a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, Counseling and Psychotherapy, Behavioral Medicine, and Marital/Family Therapy, a certified group therapist, and an AAMFT-Approved Supervisor. Currently Dr. Guerney is Director of NIRE, Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland, and Professor Emeritus of Family Studies and of Counseling Psychology at Pennsylvania State University, where he founded and directed its Individual and Family Consultation Center for 25 years. Alone or with others he has produced over 80 articles and chapters, four books, and numerous manuals, training tapes, and films in the areas of individual, marital, group, and family therapy. He has served on the editorial board of many marital and family therapy journals. He was one Salvador Minuchin’s co-authors of the family therapy classic Families of the Slums. Dr. Guerney’s own book, Relationship Enhancement: Skill Training Programs for Therapy, Problem Prevention, and Enrichment has been called, by Dr. Douglas Sprenkle, “a seminal and potentially revolutionary work … perhaps the best … integration of theory, research, and practice in the family intervention field.”
Rob Scuka, Ph.D., M.S.W., LCSW-C
Executive Director, NIRE
Director of Couples’ Programs
Rob Scuka, Ph.D., M.S.W., LCSW-C, is Executive Director of NIRE and a member of NIRE’s Faculty. Dr. Scuka is certified as a Relationship Enhancement® Marital/Couples Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer, a Couple Relationship Enhancement® Educator/Leader, Supervisor and Trainer, a Child-Centered Play Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer, and a Filial Family Therapist and Supervisor. He is author of Relationship Enhancement Therapy: Healing Through Deep Empathy and Intimate Dialogue (Routledge, 2005). In addition, Dr. Scuka is co-author (with Drs. Bernard Guerney and William Nordling) of the Couples’ Relationship Enhancement® Program: Leader’s Manual and is the principal author of the Home Study Program Guides that accompany NIRE’s two video-based home study programs for professionals. Dr. Scuka has produced three DVDs/Videos: Demonstration of the Identification Mode of Empathy with the Relationship Enhancement® Model, Relationship Enhancement® Skills Demonstration Conducted by Two Leaders (with his wife Mary Scuka), and Using Relationship Enhancement® Therapy To Help Couples Recover from Infidelity. Dr. Scuka has served as the principal leader of NIRE.s Couples’ Relationship Enhancement® Weekend and has led numerous three-day RE Therapy and 3-day RE Program Leadership training workshops across the country. Dr. Scuka also leads church retreats for couples and appears as a guest speaker at community events for the general public. In addition to his Master in Social Work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, Dr. Scuka also has a doctorate in religious studies and taught philosophy and religion at American University and Georgetown University for nine years. He also has been on the faculty of the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work in Baltimore, MD as an adjunct instructor.
William Nordling, Ph.D.
Clinical Director, NIRE
Director of Certification/Supervision Programs
Louise Guerney, Ph.D.
Director of Play and Filial Therapy Training
Director of Parenting Skills Program Training
Carolyn Hansen, M.S.W., LCSW-C
Director of Stepfamily Programs
Joan Dyer Liversidge, M.S., LCMFT
Therapist, Educator and Trainer