Treating the Trauma of Infidelity in Couples Work

Presenter: Heather Thompson, PhD, LCSW 

Date/Time: Friday, January 24, 2020, 9 am - 4 pm 

Location: FAU Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD

Cost: $175; $150 Early Bird until January 10, 2020
A limited number of seats have been reserved for students with a special $125 rate until January 10. Use Promo Code CouplesStudent at checkout. 

CEUs: 6


Dealing with infidelity is one of the most difficult issues for a couple to face. Additionally, it can be challenging for clinicians to address. Traditional couple therapies may neglect the inherent trauma that takes place when infidelity occurs within the couple relationship. This training will provide an overview of trauma-informed care, as it relates to working with couples who have experienced infidelity. Additionally, research will be presented on the prevalence of infidelity, how it is experienced by both partners, and how to process the impact of the infidelity for the couple. Specific tools and techniques for working with couples through this experience will be shared. 

Learning Objectives: 

1. Attendees will gain an understanding of the experience of trauma for individuals, and typical reactions to trauma.
2. Attendees will gain an understanding of the impact affairs or infidelity has on partners within a coupled relationship, specifically conceptualizing this impact as a traumatic event. 
3. Attendees will gain an overview of various theoretical and clinical approaches to working with couples, and specifically dealing with couples who have experienced infidelity. 
4. Attendees will gain a skillset for working with couples in dealing with the aftermath of an affair, including grounding techniques, self-regulation tactics, and techniques to manage conflict. 

About the Presenter: 

Heather Thompson, Ph.D., LCSW is an Assistant Professor and BSW Coordinator for the FAU Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work. She earned her Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy and MSW in Social Work from the Florida State University in Tallahassee. She taught as an Adjunct Professor at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University after the completion of her Ph.D. She has several years of experience in the child welfare system in Florida, working in a range of roles from a front line staff to an administrator at the lead child welfare agency of North Florida. Additionally, as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Dr. Thompson has provided counseling services, including individual, couple and family counseling, as well as parenting interventions to at-risk families involved in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. She is also a Qualified Supervisor for registered interns in Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapy. Her area of research expertise is in child welfare, specifically identifying protective factors for adolescents and their families in long-term foster care. Her secondary area of research focuses on identifying best practices for child welfare professionals. 

Small Print: 

FAU Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work is an approved provider of the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling, the Florida Board of Psychology and the Florida Board of Nursing (BAP #50-6251).

If you are an individual with a disability and need accommodations please complete the Application for Support Services and submit with documentation of your disability to mshaw@health.fau.edu. Student Accessibility Services (SAS) will process the application and contact you to discuss your accommodation needs. SAS requires that this information be provided at least two weeks prior to the beginning of your Professional Development Course, so that we have sufficient time to set up the accommodations requested. Thank you!

Participants must be present for the entire training to receive CEUs. Partial CEU credit will not be given.

Refunds minus a $30 administrative fee allowed for cancellations up to 14 days prior to workshop. No refunds after 14 days prior to workshop. Refunds or transfers to other course dates may be permitted in cases of documented personal or immediate family medical emergency, when the same course is being offered on multiple dates, at the discretion of the Professional Development Coordinator. Registrations may not be transferred to another individual. Printed course materials will only be provided to those who attend the course. To request a refund or transfer, please contact Sara Dochterman at sdochter@fau.edu.

If you have any questions about Professional Development please contact Sara Dochterman at sdochter@fau.edu or 561-297-6680. 

Friday, January 24 at 9:00am to 4:00pm

Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work

Event Type

Lecture, Lectures, colloquia, seminars, etc., Workshops/trainings




$175; $150 Early Bird until January 10, 2020. A limited number of seats have been reserved for students with a special $125 rate until January 10. Use Promo Code CouplesStudent at checkout.

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