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Managing the Crisis of Infidelity

Leading Clients from Raw Pain to Constructive Action

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Ellyn Bader, PhD
1 Hour 15 Minutes
Audio and Video
Mar 23, 2024
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Helping couples navigate the aftermath of infidelity can be challenging work for even the most experienced therapists. It’s rife with anger, distrust, betrayal, guilt, shame, and deep emotional pain. In the face of these intense emotions, therapists need to quickly organize a deluge of conflicting information and narratives into a coherent plan for healing and reconnecting. In this practical and experiential workshop, you’ll learn: 

  • The three key stages of infidelity treatment and specific treatment goals of each 
  • How to explore the meaning of the infidelity in ways that can begin to move the couple toward recovery 
  • How to move partners past crisis to re-building their relationship 


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 hours CPD.



Ellyn Bader, PhD's Profile

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The Couples Institute

Ellyn Bader, Ph.D., is in private practice and is Co-Director of The Couples Institute in Menlo Park, California. Over the past 25 years she has conducted professional training programs in couples therapy and has trained therapists throughout the United States as well as Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. She is a past president of the International Transactional Analysis Association and a recipient of the Clark Vincent Award for an outstanding literary contribution to the field of marital therapy from the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Dr. Bader is frequently invited to speak at national and international conferences. She and her husband, PETER PEARSON, Ph.D., coauthored the books, “In Quest of the Mythical Mate: A Developmental Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment in Couples Therapy” (Brunner/Mazel) and “Tell Me No Lies: How to Face the Truth and Build an Honest Marriage” (St. Martin’s Press).

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Ellyn Bader is the director of The Couples Institute and receives compensation as a consultant. She receives royalties as a published author. Ellyn Bader receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Ellyn Bader is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Transactional Analysis Association, and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.


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  1. Describe 3 stages of infidelity treatment, demonstrating awareness of the treatment progress that occurs during each stage.  
  2. Evaluate the meaning of affairs and infidelity through a therapeutic lens. 
  3. Determine two types of deception in relationships, including how to work with each. 
  4. Demonstrate how to interrupt patterns of conflict avoidance and move couples into deeper intrapsychic work. 


  • Defining Infidelity 
  • The Three Stages of infidelity work: From crisis to termination 
  • Setting the stage for effective infidelity treatment 
  • Establishing Individual Accountability: 
  • How to navigate disclosure in session  
  • Overcoming betrayal and reduced trust 
  • What happens now? What comes next after the couple decides to stay together (or not) 
  • Navigating the many types of lies and deception 
  • A video case example of infidelity in 4-year long relationship 
  • Risks and Limitations 

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Counsellors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Social Workers



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