Distressed Couples (4 CE)
Title: Distressed Couples
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: Mary Ella Viehe, Ph.D., LMFT, Gerry Grossman, M.A., LMFT
Course Delivery: Online, Self-Paced
Course Description: This course addresses the nature of marital conflict: the expectations, cognitions, attributions, perceptions and communication styles associated with distressed couples. Various assessment instruments are discussed, as well as the difficulties found in dealing with this population.
Different treatment models are explored including Behavioral Couples Therapy, Couples Coping Enhancement Training, Minimal Marital Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Insight-Oriented Marital Therapy, and Integrative Couples Therapy. Specific marital issues that are focused on are infidelity, addictive behaviors, chronic illness, depression, HIV/AIDS, and domestic violence.
- Identify the psychological and behavioral factors that contribute to distress in couples.
- Identify the difficulties of working with distressed couples and know how to establish appropriate goals.
- Integrate a range of couples' therapy models that focus on emotional, behavioral, and insight-oriented approaches.
- Adjust the therapeutic model and goals to typical couples' presenting issues.
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.