Infidelity and Affairs: Helping Couples Heal Their Broken Hearts
The disclosure of an affair is among the most devastating and painful experiences that couples face. It is also one of the most challenging and complicated problems encountered in therapy. This workshop will examine various forms of infidelity, the impact of its discovery on each spouse and the marriage, and issues of recovery and treatment. Some of the challenges encountered in treatment include how much information about the affair should be disclosed, how to help with shattered trust, hypervigilance and anxiety, and how to build empathy between the partners. Some important insights that have been gained in understanding and treating infidelity and affairs will be reviewed. In addition, a framework for the treatment of infidelity rooted in Relationship Enhancement Therapy will be presented.
Featuring: Robert Scuka, PhD, MSW, LCSW-C, executive director of the National Institute of Relationship Enhancement® in Bethesda, Maryland and a senior member of its training facility in Relationship Enhancement Therapy. He has over 22 years of experience facilitating retreats, professional trainings, and couples workshops both in the U.S. and abroad. He is a frequent lecturer at professional continuing education mental health conferences and seminars across the east coast. Dr. Scuka is the author of Relationship Enhancement Therapy: Healing Through Deep Empathy and Intimate Dialogue (Routledge, 2005), and has publishtd the article A Clinicians Guide to Helping Couples Heal from the Trauma of Infedlity, Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, (2015, 14, 141-168).