Behavioral Health : Counselor: The Many Faces of Infidelity: Exploring the Causes and Treatment of Extramarital Relationships
18.00
Online
Elective
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Release Date: December 11, 2017 

Expires: December 11, 2022

About the Course

Multiple factors influence a person’s decision to enter into an extramarital affair. Identifiable demographic characteristics and personality traits influence an individual’s decision to engage in infidelity as well. Cyber-sex and online affairs are a relatively new area of knowledge for therapists, and the field’s understanding is still rather limited. However, therapists must treat these affairs with the same level of seriousness as they would an in-person affair. Therapists will continue to encounter situations that are new and enter uncharted territory as the years go on. Individual situations will continue to challenge the long-held beliefs and practices in therapy that are related to infidelity. This intermediate level course will list factors associated with an increased risk of infidelity, identify myths surrounding affairs, and Identify the considerations that all clinicians should understand before working with a couple who has experienced an affair.

Course Objectives
  • List demographic factors associated with increased risk of infidelity.
  • Identify two individual characteristics that may play a role in the increased likelihood of engaging in an affair.
  • Define what does and does not constitute infidelity.
  • List the five different types of affairs.
  • Compare and contrast the central argument between the moral view of affairs and the function of an affair from a relational perspective.
  • Identify three considerations all clinicians should understand before working with a couple who has experienced an affair.
  • Explain the three stages of treating an affair.
  • List the six stages of recovery for the spouse of the sexual addict.
  • Discuss the meaning of the "split self" in referring to the split-self affair.
  • Outline the basic stages of treating the split-self affair.
  • Identify four reasons why cyber-infidelity is an easy situation for some people to engage in.


About the Authors

Leah Walker, Ph.D., LMFT

Leah Walker, LMFT, has been practicing as a family therapist since 1994, after graduating with a master's in family studies from Mercer University in Macon, GA. Most of her clinical work was with children and adolescents and their families.  She has twenty years of clinical experience, including five years as a clinical supervisor in inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization programs and in-home family therapy. She specialized in working with military families, infant mental health and adoptive families. In addition, she has also been a substance abuse counselor. At this time, Ms. Walker is a senior manager in a psychiatric hospital, overseeing quality improvement and risk management. Leah Walker is a doctoral candidate at Florida State University in the Family Relations program. Her dissertation research is related to post-adoption services for special needs adopted children.

Kathryn Brohl, LMFT

Kathryn Brohl has worked in both for-profit and non-profit social services for over 35 years. She has been an administrator, consultant, trainer, private practitioner and front-line worker. Ms. Brohl has lectured and key-noted on trauma-informed care and other work-related topics throughout the United States, Canada and Australia and has been interviewed in publications such as USA Today, Parents’ Magazine, The Washington Post, Miami Herald and the Florida Times Union. Ms. Brohl has written and implemented several start-up programs during her career, including a large child welfare system as well as intensive outpatient and mental health programs. She is the author of six books, including two best-sellers and the first book in the United States for parents of molested children. 


Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Elite Healthcare ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite Healthcare policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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The Many Faces of Infidelity: Exploring the Causes and Treatment of Extramarital Relationships

18.00

Release Date: December 11, 2017 

Expires: December 11, 2022

About the Course

Multiple factors influence a person’s decision to enter into an extramarital affair. Identifiable demographic characteristics and personality traits influence an individual’s decision to engage in infidelity as well. Cyber-sex and online affairs are a relatively new area of knowledge for therapists, and the field’s understanding is still rather limited. However, therapists must treat these affairs with the same level of seriousness as they would an in-person affair. Therapists will continue to encounter situations that are new and enter uncharted territory as the years go on. Individual situations will continue to challenge the long-held beliefs and practices in therapy that are related to infidelity. This intermediate level course will list factors associated with an increased risk of infidelity, identify myths surrounding affairs, and Identify the considerations that all clinicians should understand before working with a couple who has experienced an affair.

Course Objectives
  • List demographic factors associated with increased risk of infidelity.
  • Identify two individual characteristics that may play a role in the increased likelihood of engaging in an affair.
  • Define what does and does not constitute infidelity.
  • List the five different types of affairs.
  • Compare and contrast the central argument between the moral view of affairs and the function of an affair from a relational perspective.
  • Identify three considerations all clinicians should understand before working with a couple who has experienced an affair.
  • Explain the three stages of treating an affair.
  • List the six stages of recovery for the spouse of the sexual addict.
  • Discuss the meaning of the "split self" in referring to the split-self affair.
  • Outline the basic stages of treating the split-self affair.
  • Identify four reasons why cyber-infidelity is an easy situation for some people to engage in.


About the Authors

Leah Walker, Ph.D., LMFT

Leah Walker, LMFT, has been practicing as a family therapist since 1994, after graduating with a master's in family studies from Mercer University in Macon, GA. Most of her clinical work was with children and adolescents and their families.  She has twenty years of clinical experience, including five years as a clinical supervisor in inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization programs and in-home family therapy. She specialized in working with military families, infant mental health and adoptive families. In addition, she has also been a substance abuse counselor. At this time, Ms. Walker is a senior manager in a psychiatric hospital, overseeing quality improvement and risk management. Leah Walker is a doctoral candidate at Florida State University in the Family Relations program. Her dissertation research is related to post-adoption services for special needs adopted children.

Kathryn Brohl, LMFT

Kathryn Brohl has worked in both for-profit and non-profit social services for over 35 years. She has been an administrator, consultant, trainer, private practitioner and front-line worker. Ms. Brohl has lectured and key-noted on trauma-informed care and other work-related topics throughout the United States, Canada and Australia and has been interviewed in publications such as USA Today, Parents’ Magazine, The Washington Post, Miami Herald and the Florida Times Union. Ms. Brohl has written and implemented several start-up programs during her career, including a large child welfare system as well as intensive outpatient and mental health programs. She is the author of six books, including two best-sellers and the first book in the United States for parents of molested children. 


Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Elite Healthcare ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite Healthcare policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.