522 Different Divorce Agendas

William DohertyWilliam Doherty • Saturday Afternoon
Partners who are completely at odds about whether their marriage is even worth salvaging challenge the basic premise of marital therapy: that both clients have at least a minimal stake in preserving their union. Most therapists are unprepared to treat a couple in which one partner is a real “customer” and the other has one foot out the door. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to use individual and joint sessions to work with such couples in a way that respects each partner’s separate agenda, while creating a holding environment for both. You’ll learn how to do short-term Discernment Counseling to help couples clarify their decision about divorce, determine whether they’re ready for the hard work of reconciliation, and explore what they can learn from their relationship if they decide not to stay together.

William Doherty, Ph.D., is a professor and director of the Citizen Professional Center at the University of Minnesota. His books include Take Back Your Marriage, Take Back Your Kids, and Family Therapy, with Susan McDaniel.

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