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Fair Play: Rethinking the Domestic Workload with Couples

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Eve Rodsky |  Phyllis Cohen, PhD
1 Hour 46 Minutes
Mar 17, 2023
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We know from recent research that many women do two-thirds of what it takes to run a home and a family, regardless of whether they work outside the home or earn the larger income—having significant impacts on mental and physical health, employment, and life and relationship satisfaction. This recorded session will introduce a method of helping couples improve communication and negotiate issues related to resentment, burnout, establishing equity, and redistributing the mental burden of unappreciated and unpaid domestic work in the home. The Fair Play system utilizes structured decision-making and communication approaches to make invisible work visible and valued. Fair Play methodology has been tested on hundreds of couples from different socioeconomic levels and cultures. In this session, therapists who want to use this tool in their practice will discover how to help clients in relationships:

  • Improve communication and negotiate issues around invisible domestic work
  • Establish equity when it comes to a partner’s time, regardless of whether they work inside or outside the home
  • Use the Fair Play system to help with decision-making
  • Explore how couples can learn to trust and value one another as equal partners in running a household


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 2.0 hours CPD.



Eve Rodsky's Profile

Eve Rodsky Related seminars and products

Eve Rodsky received her B.A. in economics and anthropology from the University of Michigan, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is the author of instant New York Times bestseller, Fair Play. After working in foundation management at J.P. Morgan, she founded the Philanthropy Advisory Group to advise high-net-worth families and charitable foundations on best practices for harmonious operations, governance, and disposition of funds. In her work with hundreds of families over a decade, she realized that her expertise in family mediation, strategy, and organizational management could be applied to a problem closer to home – a system for couples seeking balance, efficiency, and peace in their home. Rodsky was born and raised by a single mom in New York City and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their three children.  


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Eve Rodsky receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Eve Rodsky has no relevant non-financial relationships.

Phyllis Cohen, PhD's Profile

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Phyllis Cohen, PhD, is a psychologist/psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. She’s a clinical supervisor at the NYU Post-Doctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, where she’s on the Executive Committee Family Systems and Psychoanalysis Project. She’s taught child, marital, and family therapy in many professional training programs, and is on the faculty of the Trauma Institute at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis. She’s the founder and director of the New York Institute for Psychotherapy Training in Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence, coauthor of The Mother-Infant Interaction Picture Book: Origins of Attachment, and coeditor of Healing after Parent Loss in Childhood and Adolescence: Therapeutic Interventions and Theoretical Considerations, among other publications.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Phyllis Cohen is the founder, consultant, trainer, director and supervisor at New Alternatives for Children and the founder and director at NYIPT. She has employment relationships with NYU, Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, and is the co-director, World Trade Center Project. She receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Cohen receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Phyllis Cohen is on the editorial board for the Journal of Infant and is a member of the American Psychological Association, the New York Zero2Three, and the Association for Play Therapy.



  1. Theorize how inequitable and unpaid labour impacts mental and physical health, perpetuates gender inequity, and leads to couple dissatisfaction and burnout.
  2. Propose a method for helping couples share domestic labour from Conception to Planning and Execution, clearly defining expectations.
  3. Support how structured decision-making tools with couples can be introduced to clients to address burnout, and inequity in the home.



  • An introduction to the issue of unpaid labour and invisible work in domestic relationships
  • Engaging couples to begin a process of sharing in domestic labour in equitable ways
  • Applying the “Fair Play” System principles in real life domestic situations
  • Communication practices to set up couples for success at home
  • Common fails and fixes


Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners 
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      4.4

Total Reviews: 9

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