Why you'll love this course

Infidelity counseling isn't just clinically difficult. It also can challenge some of our own beliefs about relationships and healing. This course provides clear, specific guidance to bring couples down a path of healing -- and to address the personal challenges common among therapists along the way.

Course description

Working with couples in crisis can be overwhelming for new and seasoned clinicians alike. This is especially true when it comes to working with clients struggling with infidelity, who are often in extreme emotional distress and feeling lost and hopeless about the future of their relationship. 

The knowledge base you will gain from this workshop is based on extensive clinical work with couples dealing with infidelity, and supported by data from a comprehensive review of the current body of research. Completing this workshop will expand your understanding of the clinical challenges associated with the journey of healing and give you the clinical tools you need to be better prepared for working with couples as they address the crisis of infidelity.

1 hours CE. Recorded Video Format (non-interactive).

This course was recorded from a live presentation at the 2019 Therapy Reimagined conference in Los Angeles. For information on past and future Therapy Reimagined events, visit therapyreimagined.com.

Learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe at least 3 necessary areas of assessment needed for couples in crisis

  • Describe at least 2 components of a safe therapeutic environment for couples in crisis

  • Integrate the steps necessary to overcome at least 3 personal challenges commonly faced by therapists working with couples in crisis

Course outline

1. Causes of infidelity

i. Relationship issues

ii. Mental health and individual dissatisfaction

iii. Sociocultural and environmental factors

2. Assessment and informed consent

i. Risk assessment

ii. Informed consent

iii. Treatment goals

iv. Treatment structure

v. Therapist role and expectations

3. Establishing a safe therapeutic environment

i. Two key milestones

3. Clinical challenges

i. Personal challenges

ii. Environment of treatment

iii. Gender bias

iv. Value bias



Talal Alsaleem, PsyD

Talal H. Alsaleem, PsyD, is a California licensed marriage and family therapist (#49918) recognized as a leading expert in the field of infidelity counseling. He is the author of Infidelity: the Best Worst Thing that Could Happen to Your Marriage, and the founder of the Infidelity Counseling Center. His research interests and clinical work are focused on identifying the causes of infidelity and providing the best treatment for recovery from its impact. He developed Systematic Affair Recovery Therapy (SART)™, a method of infidelity counseling that has helped hundreds of couples navigate the challenges of the healing journey from affairs.

Additional Information

Format and Length:

Recorded Video format (non-interactive); Total running time 60 minutes

Topic Area:

Clinical Practice

Instructional Level:


Completion Requirements:

To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz.

Who Should Attend:

Psychologists, counselors, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

Publication and Review Dates:

Course Published: February 24, 2020 

Financial Support Statement:

SimplePractice Learning pays course providers for their teaching. This course was presented at the Therapy Reimagined 2019 conference. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest Statement:

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Refund Policy:

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Continuing Education Approvals:

SimplePractice is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course provides 1 hour of continuing education (1 CE credit) for psychologists.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #145276). SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

SimplePractice is approved as a Rule/Statute Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. Note that we do not automatically report CE completion to CE Broker at this time, so certificates of completion must be manually uploaded. Click here for more information.

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0582.

SimplePractice is approved to provide continuing education activities for Social Workers in the state of Texas. Social Work CE Provider Number 7678.

This course is not part of our continuing education program approved through NAADAC. Click here to view our complete CE approval information, or check out our collection of NAADAC approved courses.

This course is not part of our ASWB approved continuing education program.