The framework presented by Dr. Chambers is a four-session evaluation that includes an initial conjoint session in order to understand the couple's relationship problems followed by separate sessions in order to understand each person's individual and family of origin histories (Chambers, 2012; Chambers, 2008; Fishel, 2000; Karpel, 1994). The evaluation concludes with the therapist providing feedback to the couple that is used to establish a working alliance. Although the notion of routinely meeting with each member of the couple separately as part of an evaluation is not new (e.g., Emery, 2002), the purpose of this presentation is to describe this procedure in enough detail that participants will be able to teach this model to their trainees and/or be able to replicate this model for use in their own practice with couples.

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

  1. Describe the rationale and goals for the model, including the tasks and pertinent issues to assess in each session;
  2. Present the model to couples during the initial phone call and initial visit;
  3. Realize how to provide a dyadic/systemic conceptualization of their relationship problems, and how to make appropriate recommendations for treatment;
  4. Understand ethical and complicated issues such as confidentiality, how to handle secrets, and how to know when couples therapy is contraindicated.

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How the Web Conference Works

In short, participants will be able to listen to the event by calling in to our teleconference center. Prior to the event, all participants will be sent an email with instructions on how to login to the teleconference center. This event will include lecture, interaction, and question and answer periods.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

1.5 CE credits will be provided by for attending this web conference in its entirety. 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. is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements., provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content., 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 for free to members.

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Meet the Presenter

Anthony Chambers, PhD

Dr. Anthony Chambers has a passion for strengthening and nurturing relationships. Dr. Chambers is the Director of the Postgraduate Fellowship Program in Marriage and Family Therapy, the Director of the Couples Therapy Program, and a Staff Licensed Clinical Psychologist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. He is also on the Core Faculty member of the Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program at Northwestern University and an assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology. He teaches an innovative program called “Marriage 101” to undergraduate students. The course identifies how to select a mate, the intricacies of intimate relationships, and how to prevent common relationship problems.

Dr. Chambers has authored several articles that have been published in Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and Family Relations delineating the unique factors that contribute to the high divorce rate and the disproportionately low marriage rate among African-American couples. He has also lectured and published articles on interracial couples, premarital couples counseling, and the transition to marriage. Dr. Chambers also reviews manuscripts for publications including the Journal of Marriage and Family and Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. He also serves on the editorial boards for academic journals which include Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice and Family Process.

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