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Navigating Breakups and New Beginnings: How to Apply Relational Self-Awareness

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Alexandra Solomon, PhD
2 Hours 03 Minutes
Feb 08, 2022
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The data is clear: most of us will author more than one love story in our lifetime. We talk a lot about the skills and paradigms that individuals and couples need in order to create an intimate relationship. But we don’t talk nearly enough about the skills and paradigms that individuals and couples need in order to end an intimate relationship. Learning relational metaskills can help clients approach endings—and new beginnings—with more integrity and Relational Self-Awareness, reducing collateral damage to both self and others. In this session, discover an integrative approach for helping your clients better understand the thoughts, feelings, and common issues that arise during a breakup as well as integrating the loss and preparing to begin dating again. You’ll explore:

  • How to teach Relational Self-Awareness as an essential metaskill to navigate clarify boundaries and make sense of relationship endings
  • How to help clients advocate for their relational needs with romantic partners
  • An integrative approach to helping clients move from fear and relational ambivalence toward empowerment and clarity



This online program is worth 2.25 hours CPD.



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Alexandra H. Solomon, PhD, is staff clinical psychologist, member of the teaching faculty in the marriage and family therapy graduate program, and clinical assistant professor of psychology at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. In addition to her clinical work with couples and individuals, Solomon teaches graduate and undergraduate students. One of her courses is Northwestern University’s internationally renowned “Building Loving and Lasting Relationships: Marriage 101,” which combines traditional and experiential learning to educate students about key relational issues like intimacy, sex, conflict, acceptance, and forgiveness. Solomon’s work has been widely cited, and her articles on love and marriage have appeared in The Handbook of Clinical PsychologyThe Handbook of Couple Therapy, Family ProcessPsychotherapy Networker, and other top publications in psychology. Her work also appears in O Magazine and The Huffington Post, and she is a frequent interviewee and contributor for the Oprah Winfrey NetworkYahoo! HealthThe Atlantic, CBS Early Show, NPR, Psychology Today, and WGN Morning News. She is a sought-after speaker for corporate, collegiate, and professional audiences on topics related to modern love. Solomon lives in Highland Park, IL, with her husband, Todd, and their two children, Brian and Courtney.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Alexandra Solomon maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Northwestern University. She receives royalties as a published author and is the podcast host of Reimaging Love. Dr. Solomon receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Alexandra Solomon is a thought leader for Heleo, a founding expert for the Mine'd app, and an ambassador for The Relationship School. She is an ad hoc for several peer review journals, for a complete list contact PESI, Inc. Dr. Solomon is a member of the American Psychological Association, and the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists.


  1. Explain the major intrapsychic and relational tasks involved with relationship endings.
  2. Demonstrate how to help clients set boundaries and advocate for their relational needs with new romantic partners.
  3. Practice how to explore with clients the importance of Relational Self-Awareness in creating a successful romantic relationship.
  4. Demonstrate how to avoid common therapeutic pitfalls when working with clients who are ending a relationship or beginning a new one.


  • The Psychology of Goodbye
  • How we process grief
  • How the pandemic has added complexity to break ups
  • What the therapist needs to keep in mind
  • Integration of Loss
  • Hooking up versus self-aware casual sex
  • Indicators of readiness to begin again
  • Dating after Loss

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals



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Total Reviews: 30

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