Vermont  Psychological Association

Working to advance mental health care for Vermonters since 1950

Course Description


Infidelity lays waste to relationships in countless ways.  The injured party most often experiences trauma in unwanted memories, flashbacks, upsetting dreams, and severe emotional distress.  The person who cheats may be coping with emotions of guilt, shame, and hopelessness.  It can be incredibly difficult for therapists to guide couples through these intense emotions.

The process of moving couples from  feelings of betrayal to feelings of  forgiveness does not happen overnight, but reconciliation is possible with the right blueprint.  Dr. Laura Louis presents that blueprint in this informative and engaging seminar.  Learn how to draw the plans for healing, starting with a foundation of important guidelines for both partners.   Add the necessary supports, including cognitive behavioral therapy, to help the partners process their feelings and to buttress the relationship against triggers for infidelity.  Install atonement and accountability as security measures to protect against resentment and defensiveness.

Continuing Education Credits:  The Vermont Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association and the Vermont Board of Psychological Examiners to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  VPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  CE certificates for six (6) continuing education credits will be awarded to participants who attend the entire workshop and complete the evaluation form.  Partial credits will not be awarded.  Late arrival or early departure will preclude receipt of a certificate.

Registration/Refund Policy:  Registration at the door is welcome, but is on a space-available basis only; all registrations at the door are $195.  No refunds will be offered for this program.

Directions to Capitol Plaza:  Travel I-89 to Exit 8.  At the second light, turn left.  At the next light, turn right onto State Street.  The Capitol Plaza is on your right at 100 State Street.  Complimentary parking permits are issued at the registration table for public & hotel parking behind the hotel.






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Conference Schedule


8:30       Registration
9:00       Couple Initial Assessment Process

10:15    Break
10:30    Stages of the Healing Process

12:00    Lunch
1:00       Applying CBT Working with Couples

2:30       Break
2:45       Treatment Intervention

Objectives

By attending this conference participants will be able to:


  1.   Do an initial assessment with couples after an affair has occurred.
  2.   Explain motivation factors behind infidelity.
  3.  Explain how children are affected by infidelity.
  4.   Apply cognitive behavioral therapy to assist couples in processing feelings about the affair.
  5.   Outline the stages to healing after infidelity.
  6.   Develop a plan for managing triggers for infidelity.
  7. Describe the therapist's role in facilitating forgiveness.

Mending Fences

A Blueprint for Clinicians Counseling Couples Surviving Infidelity

Laura Louis, Ph.D.

Author of Marital Peace

Who Should Attend:  Psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, & other mental health professionals.

CE Workshop-March 2, 2018

Presenter:

LAURA LOUIS, Ph.D., owns Atlanta Couple Therapy in Atlanta, where she works extensively counseling couples.  Dr. Louis has over 10 years of experience in helping distant couples heal after infidelity by building trust, cultivating intimacy, and enhancing communication.  Her therapeutic approach has been influenced through worldwide training in Brazil, Mexico,  London, and Haiti.  Dr. Louis has conducted hundreds of seminars transforming relationships all over the world, including speaking at the American Psychological Association convention.  She is affectionately called the "Marriage Architect."  Her book, Marital Peace , is a roadmap to guide couples on how to maintain connection during the the challenges of marriage.   For more information, visit  www.atlantacoupletherapy.com