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

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Alexandra Solomon, PhD
1 Hour 59 Minutes
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Mar 17, 2023
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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 needed to create an intimate relationship, but we don’t talk nearly enough about the skills and paradigms needed 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 clients better understand the thoughts, feelings, and common issues that arise during a breakup as well as how to integrate the loss and prepare to begin dating again. You’ll explore:

  • How to teach relational self-awareness as an essential meta-skill for making sense of relationship endings and new beginnings
  • 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


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.



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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. Catalogue 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.


  • Understanding the psychology of goodbye and how we process grief
  • How the pandemic has impacted relationships and break ups
  • Helping clients to integrate their experience of loss
  • How to help your client know when they are ready to begin again
  • What you need to know about dating after Loss

Target Audience

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



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