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308 | Stabilizing Marriages After Infidelity Disclosure: Themes and Tasks for the First 90 Days

Couples in Crisis, Relationship Conflict, and Marital Recovery, Friday 9/15 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Workshop Tracks


Dave Carder, M.A.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




Sexual and emotional infidelity is reported by about half of the U.S. population. Research has shown that evidence-based treatment needs to include specific therapeutic factors. The following factors will be introduced to licensed mental health professionals and ministry leaders: a therapy contract (Peluso, 2007); addressing family of origin factors (Fife, 2020); exploring a personal sexual history (Warach, 2018); investigating the availability of the affair partner (Munsch, 2018); exploring attachment history (Mitchell, 2021); looking at developmental changes, age, family makeup, career upheaval, etc. (Williamson, 2017); and assessing the ability to forgive (Chi, 2019). This workshop outlines a systematic structure that will help contain anger, lower spousal anxiety, provide measurable progress, build skill deficits, restore respect and trust, and initiate reattachment (if so desired) in couples affected by marital infidelity.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe a structure that creates the best possible environment for the client’s chosen level of recovery
2. Explain the purpose for each theme and task required for the client’s recovery plan to have the best possible outcome
3. Identify, in the Marital Satisfaction Timeline (MSTL-2nd session), strengths and deficits that will affect the couple’s recovery
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