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CC11 Workshop 05 – The State of Affairs: Rethinking our Clinical Attitudes Towards Infidelity - Esther Perel, MA, LMFT

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Infidelity |  Workshops |  Affairs |  Couples Therapy |  Intimacy |  Relationships |  Marriage |  Multicultural
Couples Conference |  Couples Conference 2011
Esther Perel, MA, LMFT
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Original Program Date:
Apr 01, 2011
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Infidelity generally points out flaws in a relationship, and the revelation of an affair often triggers a crisis of trust and connection. We’ll examine the benefits and the costs of truth-telling and transparency, how couples can rebuild trust and intimacy, and how affairs can actually stabilize a marriage and prevent its dissolution. In particular, we will focus on how couples can turn the crisis into an opportunity. Combining didactic material, case studies and video vignettes, we will lay out a nuanced and multicultural therapeutic approach for working with extramarital relations, fantasized or real, disclosed or shrouded in secrecy.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Analyze three motivations and meanings behind affairs and ways to integrate them back into the relationship.
  2. Identify 5 assumptions, values and personal experiences that influence our therapeutic work with Affairs.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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Esther Perel, MA, LMFT, is the best-selling author of Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence, translated into 25 languages. Fluent in nine of them, the Belgian native is a practicing psychotherapist, celebrated speaker and organizational consultant to Fortune 500 companies. The New York Times, in a cover story, named her the most important game changer on sexuality and relationships since Dr. Ruth. Her critically acclaimed viral TED Talks have collectively reached over 10 million viewers.