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CC21 Keynote 02 - Polarization In Intimate and Civic Life - William Doherty, PhD

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Social Issues |  Intimacy |  Conflict |  Couples Therapy |  Keynotes
Couples Conference |  Couples Conference 2021 |  Online Continuing Education
William Doherty, PhD
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
1 Hour
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Jun 05, 2021
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We live in the most polarized era since the 1850s. The presenter will describe the connection between escalating couple conflict and escalating political polarization. He will propose ways that therapists can work with politically divided couples, and he will describe his work since 2016 on “red/blue” polarization in the U.S. via the national nonprofit Braver Angels. He will argue that couples therapists have much to offer a nation in trouble.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Identify the major elements of political polarization.
  2. Describe key strategies for helping couples who are divided by politics.
  3. Discuss ways to apply therapy and other professional strategies to healing the political divide in the country.

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



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William J. Doherty is an educator, researcher, therapist, speaker, author, consultant, and community organizer. He is Professor and Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program in the Department of Family Social Science, College of Education and Human Development, at the University of Minnesota, where he is also an adjunct Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.


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