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After the Affair: Trauma to Reconnection, Does it have to be this Hard?

After the Affair: Trauma to Reconnection, Does it have to be this Hard?

By Janis Abrahms Spring, PhD, ABPP

1.5 CEs

For those who are going through the pain, confusion, and anger of an infidelity, this workshop is crucial to help you cope with the raging emotions, and how to make thoughtful decisions about your future. Infidelity is often the deathblow to a relationship. But it can also be a wake-up call, challenging couples to confront the issues that led to the affair and build a healthier, more intimate relationship than before. As a clinical psychologist who has been treating distressed couples for over 30 years, Dr. Janis Abrahms Spring has found that couples can survive infidelity, provided that both partners are willing to look honestly at themselves and at each other and acquire the skills they need to help themselves through such a shattering crisis. In this workshop crucial questions are addressed including:
• Why did the affair happen?
• Once love and trust are gone, can they ever be rekindled?
• How can I—or should I—recommit when I feel so ambivalent?
• How do we get the lover out from between the two of us and become sexually intimate again?
• Is forgiveness possible? Is it healthy?
Dr. Abrahms Spring teaches concrete, practical strategies for helping absorb this trauma and think thoughtfully about whether and how to stay together.   This is an intermediate course intended for practicing clinicians.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe three psychological losses experienced by the hurt party when an affair is discovered.
  2. Describe strategies to facilitate a hurt party's decision whether to reconcile with a spouse after an affair.
  3. Describe common challenges faced by couples who decide to recommit after an affair.
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