December 3, 2021

12/3/21: Webinar with Dr. Bill Doherty. When a Client is Considering Divorce: Clinical and Ethical Aspects

Friday, December 3, 2021, 2:00 - 3:30 pm EST

Deciding to stay or leave, give up hope, or try couples therapy -- is a typical client dilemma addressed in individual therapy. But there is little clinical training on how to sensitively and skillfully help clients dealing with one of the most fraught psychological and ethical challenges in adult life. It’s an ethical issue because it involves other stakeholders.  So we are left to make it up on our own. This presentation will offer a perspective and a set of practical tools to help clients discern a direction that is consistent with their personal goals and has ethical integrity for themselves and others. The presenter is known for his engaging and practical workshops.


Bill Doherty, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Family Social Science at The University of Minnesota. He directs the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project, which developed “discernment counseling” for couples on the brink of divorce, and The Citizen Professional Center, which does community engagement projects on health care and divisive public issues. Following the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, he co-founded Braver Angels. This citizen initiative uses couples therapy principles to bring conservatives and liberals together to counteract political polarization and restore the fraying social fabric in American society. Among Bill’s awards is the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Family Therapy Academy. His latest book is The Ethical Lives of Clients: Transcending Self-Interest in Psychotherapy, to be published in October 2021 by the American Psychological Association.