Working with Couples in a Time of Polarization

When:  Jun 25, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (ET)
Date and Time: Friday, June 25th, 2021 at 11:00am - 2:00pm (EDT)
Speaker: Bill Doherty, PhD, LMFT
CE Credits: 3 (General MFT Credits)

Event Description
A workshop on the special challenges that couples are facing during a time of political polarization. The presentation will cover sources of today’s polarization, special assessments issue for couples in conflict over politics, and tools for helping couples to buffer their relationship against these political stressors and to engage in active dyadic coping. The presenter will also discuss how he has adapted couple therapy principles in designing workshops that bring “reds” and “blues” together through the national nonprofit Braver Angels.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify the scope and sources of today’s high levels of political polarization.
  2. Discuss how political stress can affect couples and ways to assess theses effects.
  3. Describe tools for helping couples cope with political differences in ways that buffer their relationship and potentially improve it.
  4. Explain ways to make a contribution to depolarization at the community level

About the Presenter:
Bill Doherty is a Professor in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota where he directs The Citizen Professional Center and the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project, which does community engagement projects on health care and on divisive public issues. Following the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, he co-founded Braver Angels, a citizen initiative bringing conservatives and liberals together to counteract political polarization and restore the fraying social fabric in American society. Among Bill’s awards is the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Family Therapy Academy. He is co-author of the book Helping Couples on the Brink of Divorce: Discernment Counseling for Troubled Relationships.

Registration Dates

Registration Ends Friday, June 25, 2021

Pricing Information

Registration Price
Couples Network Students $20.00
Couples Network Members $30.00
AAMFT Students $40.00
AAMFT Members $60.00
Non-Members $90.00
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