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Janis Abrahms Spring

Janis Abrahms Spring, PhD, ABPP


Infidelity: Secrets, Cybersex, Affairs
- and Forgiveness or Not?

Saturday April 7, 2018
9:00 - 5:00       $160/$137 until 3/16      7 CE hours


Don’t miss this unique opportunity to spend a day of intense clinical training with Dr. Janis Abrahms Spring, one of the nation’s foremost experts on infidelity and forgiveness. She will focus on in-depth interventions of her radical treatment model for helping couples navigate the crisis of infidelity, including how to best use her “open secrets policy.” Specific techniques will be demonstrated to help each partner own their contribution to the marital damage, distinguish between cheap and earned forgiveness, and to treat each other in ways that foster growth and reconnection.

Poignant case examples will bring to life answers to such important clinical questions as:

  1. What constitutes an affair? Why is cybersex so seductive/addictive?
  2. Is there room for secrets in couples therapy and, if so, how can therapists create a safe place for rigorous self-scrutiny and honesty?
  3. How can partners decipher the meaning of an affair in ways that shed light on their vulnerabilities, longings, and unresolved traumatic injuries?
  4. Is it possible for partners to heal without forgiving?
  5. What common assumptions about forgiveness stand in the way of allowing couples to reconcile and heal?

This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Describe an open secrets policy that helps couples and therapists manage secrets in couples therapy
  • Specify what makes cybersex so appealing and potentially addictive
  • Explain how an understanding of contributing factors reduces a couple’s vulnerability to future affairs
  • Define trust-building exercises that foster connection between partners after an affair

Janis Abrahms Spring is an internationally acclaimed expert on infidelity and forgiveness. Her award-winning books, After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful and How Can I Forgive You? The Courage to Forgive, The Freedom Not To, have sold more than 600,00 copies. She is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, a former clinical supervisor at Yale University’s Department of Psychology, and a popular media guest on radio and television. Best of all, she is an engaging speaker who will keep you riveted for an entire day.