Even when a couple’s problems seem solvable, progress in couple therapy sometimes stalls, leaving clinicians and clients both frustrated. Using case examples, this course provides guidance for addressing some of the frequent reasons why couple therapy gets stuck, even then the therapist is using empirically supported couple treatments. Specific issues covered include lack of commitment, boundary disagreements, family/in-law conflict, sexual differences, hidden agendas, and more.
1.5 Hours CE. Recorded Video Format (non-interactive)
Content Advisory: To protect client confidentiality, case examples include fictionalized elements.
Describe at least five common reasons why progress in couple therapy stalls
Apply two methods derived from empirically supported methods of couple therapy for guiding couples through times of stalling progress in therapy
Modify treatment plans in at least three different ways to address emerging problems and relational dynamics throughout the couple therapy process
1. Current couple therapy treatments
c. What is known about failures
2. Common causes of stalled progress
3. Methods for addressing stalled progress
a. Clinical interventions
b. Changes in the treatment plan
c. Pausing, transferring, or terminating therapy
4. Case examples
Format and Length:
Recorded video format (non-interactive). Total running time 99 minutes.
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. Learners are expected to complete the quiz within a reasonable number of attempts, and may be blocked from completing the course and receiving their certificate if unable to do so.
Completion Quiz and Course Evaluation:
After watching course videos, the course completion quiz will be available to complete, followed by the course evaluation.
Who Should Attend:
Psychologists, counselors, masters or doctoral level clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists
Publication and Review Dates:
Course Published: April 19, 2022
Financial Support Statement:
SimplePractice Learning pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.
Conflict of Interest Statement:
The presenter served as Chair of the SimplePractice Learning Curriculum Committee and Education Director for SimplePractice Learning. In accordance with our policy, he was recused from committee discussion and decision-making regarding this course. Content decisions are made at the committee level.
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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 1.5 hours of continuing education (1.5 CE credits) for psychologists.
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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 1.5 hours 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.
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This course is not part of our NAADAC-approved continuing education program.