By Dennis Ortman, PHD
Using case studies, Dr. Ortman will demonstrate how to recognize the effects of parental infidelity in adult clients and how to address it as part of a therapy program. Dysfunction often pervades in family units where there has been a major violation such as an infidelity. Parents cannot help but be caught up in the emotional aftermath, and may suffer from depression, anxiety, detachment, numbing, and a number of other symptoms. Depending on their developmental stage, children will adopt different coping styles and ways of relating to their emotionally-damaged parents which can have long-standing consequences after the immediate trauma of the infidelity is over. This is an intermediate course intended for practicing clinicians.