Couples and Infidelity: Navigating a Manageable Crisis in Therapy

Presented by Raffi Bilek, LCSW-C on 02-19-2021 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to noon Pacific (3 p.m. Eastern)

Infidelity is often thought of as a dealbreaker for marriages. A Gallup poll revealed that 62% of partners say they would leave a spouse who was cheating. The reality, however, is that infidelity does not have to mean the end of a relationship–about 70% of couples end up staying together after an affair is discovered.

Nor is infidelity the most difficult relationship problem to treat, contrary to what many mental health clinicians may believe. Couples facing the upheaval of infidelity in their relationship come to couples therapy with as varied a presentation as with any other problem–some couples furious and yelling, some cold and disconnected, some apparently serene and objective. Wherever the couple is starting from, a good understanding of the roadmap for helping them heal from infidelity can ground the therapist and help them guide the couple through the process of healing.

In this 3-hour continuing education webinar, Raffi Bilek, LCSW-C will lay out effective therapeutic steps for working with couples dealing with an affair and provide useful perspectives on the process, as well as specific techniques to move through it. Empathic dialogue will serve as a foundational tool for helping couples through this difficult time in their relationship and lives. In addition to providing practical clinical tools, the goal of this webinar is to increase therapist confidence in working with couples presenting with infidelity.

This introductory continuing education webinar is designed to help mental health professionals:

  1. Identify the impact of one's own values and experiences on one's treatment of infidelity.
  2. Describe a five-stage therapeutic approach to helping couples facing infidelity.
  3. List common needs of both partners in the wake of infidelity.
  4. Explain four needs and four challenges of both partners in a couple experiencing infidelity.
  5. Summarize the current infidelity statistics in the U.S. according to current research.

Statement of program material's accuracy, utility, and risks: The presenter indicates the materials presented in this course are accurate and pose minimal risks to participants.

Declaration identifying any potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support: The presenter indicates materials included in this course have been presented within other courses, conferences, or consulting jobs. There are no known conflicts of interest.

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Reference:

  1. Jones, J. (2008, March 25). Most Americans not willing to forgive unfaithful spouse. GALLUP. https://news.gallup.com/poll/105682/most-americans-willing-forgive-unfaithful-spouse.aspx

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Meet the Presenter

Raffi Bilek, LCSW-C

Raffi Bilek, LCSW-C

Raffi Bilek, LCSW-C is a marriage and family counselor and director of the Baltimore Therapy Center. He is also the director of the Montgomery County (MD) Abuse Intervention Program and the founder of a small nonprofit to provide low-cost family services to his local community.

Raffi earned his bachelor's degree at Brown University and later a master's degree in social work from Yeshiva University. He has authored five social-issues children's books, and, in his earlier years, a book of Chuck Norris jokes. His current writing projects include a couples' communication handbook and a book on philosophy and linguistics.

Raffi speaks four languages and programs in two. He is also a nationally-ranked Scrabble champion. You can learn more about him and the Baltimore Therapy Center, here: baltimoretherapycenter.com.

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  • aceGoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Logo 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.
  • aceGoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/30/2019 - 03/30/2022.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC 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 #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

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