Student – Couples and Infidelity: A Manageable Crisis – Webinar – May 12, 2021

May 12, 2021 7:00 pm - 10:15 pm Webinar

Couples and Infidelity: A Manageable Crisis

Wednesday May 12, 7-10:15 pm. 3 CEUs
Presenter: Raffi Bilek, MSW, LCSW-C
Infidelity is often thought of as a deal breaker for any marriage. A Gallup poll revealed that 62% of partners say they would leave a spouse who was cheating. The reality, however, is that infidelity does not have to mean the end of a relationship – about 70% of couples actually end up staying together after an affair is discovered.
While certainly challenging to deal with clinically, infidelity can be skillfully managed by the therapist in order to facilitate a hoped-for process of healing and reconciliation. Couples facing the upheaval of infidelity in their relationship come in with as varied a presentation as with any other problem – some furious and yelling, some cold and disconnected, some apparently serene and objective. Wherever the couple is starting from, a good understanding of the roadmap for helping them heal from infidelity can ground the therapist and help them guide the couple through the process of healing.
This workshop will lay out the steps from one approach for working with couples dealing with an affair and provide useful perspectives on the process, as well as specific techniques to move through it. Empathic dialogue rooted in the Relationship Enhancement Therapy model will serve as a foundational tool for helping couples through this difficult time in their lives. The goal is to increase therapist confidence in working with couples presenting with infidelity.
Learning objectives: Attendees completing this webinar will be able to:
•    Identify the impact of their own values and experiences on their treatment of infidelity
•    Describe the needs of both partners in the wake of infidelity.
•    Describe a five-stage approach to helping couples facing infidelity.
Raffi Bilek, MSW, LCSW-C is a marriage and family counselor and director of the Baltimore Therapy Center. He is also the director of the Montgomery County (MD) Abuse Intervention Program and the founder of a small nonprofit to provide low-cost family services to his local community. Raffi earned his bachelor’s degree at Brown University and later a master’s degree in social work from Yeshiva University. He has authored five social-issues children’s books. His current writing projects include a couples’ communication handbook and a book on philosophy and linguistics. Raffi speaks four languages.
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