Affairs: Helping Couples Heal (3 CE)
Course Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Course Developed By: Jennifer Kolb, LCSW
Bio: Jennifer Kolb, LCSW; Social Work Consultant, reviewed and determined the course meets requirements for continuing education in the field of social work. This course is appropriate for masters and clinical level social workers. Jennifer graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Louisville, Kentucky. She specializes in school-based psychotherapy with children and adolescents, as well as licensing exam coaching and preparation.
Content By: Patricia Patton-Lehn, Ph.D., Mary Ella Viehe, Ph.D., LMFT, Gerry Grossman, M.A., LMFT
Course Delivery: Online, Self-Paced
Course Description: Affairs represent a significant stressor in a couple's relationship. Affairs are one of the most commonly cited reasons why couples dissolve their relationships, and helping couples cope with affairs and discover the underlying dynamic that lead to the affair is an integral part of couples therapy. This presentation is designed to assist clinicians in working with couples that have been impacted by affairs.
The topics covered include the factors which contribute to affairs, such as workplace and online affairs, and precipitating dynamics within the relationship. Treatment issues specific to the betrayed partner such as "post-infidelity stress disorder", coping with shattered expectations and expressing feelings are presented. Treatment issues related to the unfaithful partner are also described, including developing accountability and openness, contacting the former lover, and exploring the meaning of the affair. For those couples who decide to stay together, therapists also learn some clinical approaches for helping them to build trust and repairing the affair's impact on children.
- Diffuse the immediacy of the conflict between the couple.
- Facilitate exploration of the factors that led to the affair and the subsequent feelings of betrayal, depression etc.
- Create manageable steps for the couple working through an affair.
- Assist couples who are desirous of staying together in fostering a stronger relationship to help prevent future affairs.
Course materials can be downloaded or read online. To receive a certificate of completion, you must complete a multiple-choice post-test with a score of 75% or better and complete a course evaluation.