Love, Secrets, Cybersex, Infidelity, Addiction – and Forgiveness?

What constitutes an affair – intercourse? Instant messaging? What makes cyber-relationships particularly seductive? Is there room for secrets in couples therapy and, if so, how can therapists create a safe place for each partner’s rigorous honesty and self-scrutiny? When is cybersex a sign of sexual addiction? How can therapists help hurt partners absorb the trauma of infidelity? How can therapists help unfaithful partners take responsibility for the damage they caused and earn forgiveness? How can we help partners decipher the meaning of an affair in ways that shed light on their vulnerabilities and longings? How can this meaning be used to grow the relationship? What concrete exercises help couples rekindle trust and erotic intimacy after an affair?

Case examples and concrete exercises will bring these concepts to life.


Janis Abrahms Spring, PhD, ABPP, is a board certified clinical psychologist in Westport, CT, and an award-winning author of After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful (second edition, 2012); How Can I Forgive You? The Courage to Forgive, The Freedom Not To; and Life with Pop: Lessons on Caring for an Aging Parent. Dr. Spring is visiting faculty at the Ackerman Institute, Smith College School of Social Work, Harvard’s Continuing Education Conferences; recipient of the Connecticut Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Practice of Psychology and the Connecticut Association for Marriage and Family Therapy’s Award for Distinguished Service to Families.

Date: Friday, April 21, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $135
CEUs for NYS: 6
CEUs for NASW – CT: 5

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