Mending Broken Fences: A Clinician's Guide to Treating Infidelity

Presented by Laura Louis, PhD on 01-22-2016 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern)

When faced with the aftermath of an affair, couples often feel lost in a flood of different emotions. Research shows that the injured party most often experiences symptoms consistent with PTSD. It can be incredibly difficult for therapists to help couples cope with reoccurring flashbacks, resentment, and a host of other emotions. Couples that struggle with the aftermath of an affair will need to develop effective strategies to help them heal and rebuild trust again.

Different types of affairs have different paths to healing and forgiveness. This web conference will help to determine the different types of infidelity and an emphasis will be placed on discovering triggers and risk factors that can lead to infidelity. Dr. Louis will discuss how therapists can effectively explore the impact of the affair using cognitive behavioral therapy, how the therapist can facilitate marital recovery, and the different types of therapeutic tools to help couples find new meaning.

Drawing on the research of Leone (2013), Piercy, Dolbin-MacNab, Richards (2011) and others, Dr. Louis will provide practical tools for helping couples bring meaning to their situation and gain clarity on the risk and protective factors related to affairs. Lastly, participants will discover how to instill hope in couples, and how to rebuild trust on a path to forgiveness.

This web conference is introductory instructional level and designed to help clinicians:

  1. Describe what patterns may trigger infidelity.
  2. Examine the different types of infidelity, and explain how each one has a different treatment.
  3. Develop a blueprint of effective strategies to guide couples through the healing process.
  4. Analyze a variety of therapeutic models for helping couples learn to transition into forgiveness and rebuild trust.

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How the Web Conference Works

This CE web conference will include lecture and question-and-answer periods. Attendees who register for this event will log in to the web conference center by using a computer and calling in to the teleconference line. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via computer. Live streaming video and/or document sharing will also be available to participants. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. Attendees may also access the web conference on a smartphone or tablet. 

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email from GoodTherapy.org with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable.

After the live event, a recording and a written transcript of the event will be available in the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area. At the conclusion of the event, attendees will receive an email from GoodTherapy.org with information about how to request a CE certificate. To download a CE certificate, attendees must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the web conference and complete an online survey. 

405.5CE hours and counting!

All are available to GoodTherapy.org members at no additional cost.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety. GoodTherapy.org is also an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services.

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

This organization, GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Meet the Presenter

Laura Louis, PhD

Laura Louis, PhD

Dr. Laura Louis is the owner of Gifted Counseling in Atlanta, Georgia, where she works exclusively with couples. For more than 10 years, she has been helping couples heal from infidelity. Dr. Louis has conducted many seminars helping couples build trust, enhance communication, and cultivate intimacy. As an approved contractor with the City of Atlanta, GA, she provides full-day continuing education presentations to clinicians on facilitating couples' healing from infidelity.

Her therapeutic approach has been influenced through worldwide training in Brazil, Mexico, London, and Haiti. In 2013, she was a speaker at the American Psychological Association convention, where she addressed multicultural strategies for working effectively with couples. Dr. Louis is the author of Marital Peace: 10 Things You Can Do To Divorce-Proof Your Marriage.

For additional information on Dr. Louis and her work, please visit www.giftedcounseling.com.

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.