Rebuilding Intimacy After an Affair
Sexual infidelity occurs in 21% of men and 11% of women in the U.S. general population; rates of emotional infidelity are nearly double these. Research documents a broad range of adverse impacts for individuals engaging in infidelity or learning of their partner’s affair – including partner violence, depression, suicidal ideation, acute anxiety, and symptoms similar to posttraumatic stress disorder – particularly when disclosure or discovery of infidelity results in marital separation or threats of divorce. Couple therapists describe infidelity as among the most difficult relationship problems to treat.
This workshop will present an integrative approach to counseling affair couples. This counseling approach draws on the theoretical and empirical literature regarding traumatic response as well as interpersonal forgiveness. It incorporates empirically-supported interventions from multiple theoretical frameworks for counseling distressed couples. Three stages of intervention will be outlined during the presentation.
6.0 Hours of CEUs for LMHPs & LIMHPs
Morning Coffee & Lunch Provided
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15% early bird discount for registrations before March 13th
By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
- Conceptualize couples' recovery from an affair from a trauma perspective
- Contain relationship turmoil and conflict accompanying discovery or disclosure of an affair
- Facilitate partners' emotional regulation, self-care, and interactions with significant others - including children and family - following an affair
- Systematically explore individual, relational, and situational factors potentially contributing to the affair
- Based on this exploration, promote partners' development of a shared comprehensive model articulating risk factors contributing to an affair and steps toward remediation
- Promote forgiveness in couples following an affair
- Assist couples in reaching an informed decision about how to move forward following an affair
Dr. Douglas K. Snyder is Professor of Psychology and previously served as Director of Clinical Training (1991-2012) at Texas A&M University in College Station. He earned his bachelor's degree from Wittenberg University, received his doctoral degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and interned at Duke University Medical Center.
Dr. Snyder has been recognized internationally for his research on couple therapy. His work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and recognized for distinction by both the American Psychological Association and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Snyder is co-author of two books that address working with couples recovering from an affair, including Getting Past the Affair: A Program to Help You Cope, Heal, and Move On, and Helping Couples Get Past the Affair: A Clinician's Guide. He is co‑editor of five additional books including texts on Treating Difficult Couples and Couple-Based Interventions for Military and Veteran Families, as well as the recent 5th edition of the Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy. He has written or co-authored over 50 book chapters and over 100 articles in refereed clinical and scientific journals, and has presented over 175 scholarly papers and clinical workshops at national and international meetings of professional associations, and served on editorial boards of more than a dozen clinical and scientific journals.
Dr. Snyder has received awards from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) as well as the American Psychological Association (APA) – including the APA’s 2005 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Family Psychology and the APA’s 2015 Distinguished Psychologist Award for Lifetime Contributions to Psychology and Psychotherapy. He has an extensive record of providing training institutes and workshops in counseling affair couples in half-day, one-day, or two-day formats – including the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Psychological Association, the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, the American Psychological Society, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies – as well as invited workshops or institutes at international marriage/family therapy associations in South Korea, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Switzerland.
Dr. Snyder contributes to the training faculty of the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School at Ft. Jackson (Columbia, SC), conducting two-day trainings for the Chaplains Captain Career Course twice per year on the topic of working with military couples struggling with issues of infidelity. He has consulted regularly over the past 10 years to the Family Life Chaplain Training Center at Ft. Hood (Killeen, TX), and more recently to the Center for Deployment Psychology (Bethesda, MD).
NAMFT is an independent organization representing the professional interests of Marriage & Family Therapists and all mental health providers in Nebraska who have an interest and desire to work systemically. There will be more information available during this event and an opportunity to join the organization and benefit from membership.