Expired Building Trust: Couples Therapy and the Challenges of Fairness and Justice

Trustworthiness is seen as the core value in couple and family life. Contextual family therapy was among the first models to claim that family therapy and moral questions are inseparable. We cannot overlook the importance of affection or the ever-present element of power, but trustworthiness and relational justice are the critical and central elements in relationships. This presentation will focus on relational ethics and trust-building to help couples and families reappropriate individual responsibility and accountability within a systemic context of couple and family therapy. It will highlight several clinical strategies and discuss how trust accrues for couples and families if there is fairness of exchange, reciprocity, and equitable give and take for all relationships, especially for marginalized communities and their members.

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn how to utilize contextual therapy’s clinical strategies for working with couples and families, especially those from marginalized communities
  • To understand the centrality of trustworthiness and relational justice as core values in couple and family life
  • To recognize the value of fairness of exchange, reciprocity, and equitable give and take in couple and family therapy


Manijeh Daneshpour, PhD is the systemwide couple and family therapy director and distinguished professor of marriage and family therapy at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) of Alliant International University in California. She is also a licensed marriage and family therapist with close to three decades of academic, research, and clinical experience. She is from Iran and identifies herself as a third-wave feminist. Dr. Daneshpour’s main areas of research, publications, and presentations have been centered on issues of multiculturalism, social justice, postmodernism, third-wave feminism, and premarital and marital relationships, all embedded in contextual therapy.

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  • February 2, 2024
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Manijeh Daneshpour, PhD

3 CE Contact Hours

Location:   Online Event


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