December 3, 2021

When a Client is Considering Divorce: Clinical and Ethical Aspects

Webinar on Friday, December 3, 2021 at 2 pm ET

Deciding to stay or leave, to give up hope or try couples therapy--this is a common client dilemma addressed in individual therapy. But there is little clinical training on how to sensitively and skillfully help clients who are dealing with one of the most fraught psychological and ethical challenges in adult life.  So we are left to make it up on our own. This presentation will offer a novel perspective and a set of tools to help clients discern a direction that furthers their personal development and has ethical integrity for self and others.   

Deciding to stay or leave, to give up hope or try couples therapy--this is a common client dilemma addressed in individual therapy. But there is little clinical training on how to sensitively and skillfully help clients who are 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 self and others. The presenter is known for his engaging and practical workshops.

Speaker

Bill Doherty, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Family Social Science at the The University of Minnesota where 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 on divisive public issues. Following the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, he co-founded Braver Angels, a citizen initiative that 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.