After an affair, most couples struggle with issues around rebuilding trust, earning forgiveness, and moving toward a shared future. As a therapist, it’s easy to feel ineffective or lost in the treatment. Common dilemmas in affair recovery often surface around secret keeping, both in the therapy as well as in the primary relationship. Forgiveness can be a stuck place as well. In this class, we’ll learn how to help couples work through these major stumbling blocks.

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Taught by:  Dr. Tammy Nelson and Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph.D., ABPP

Designed for: Therapists, counselors, healers, and anyone else interested in helping couples regain trust and earn forgiveness after an affair.

Course includes: A two-part teleclass. Each part is one hour in length.

2 CE** credits through both AASECT and Imago. 

AASECT CEs available in these Core Knowledge Areas (CKAs): 

Sex Education: C, E, I, M

Sex Therapy CKA: A, C, E

Certified Sex and Couples Therapist (CSCT): Category 2b, 2c, 2d

You must complete a Feedback Form and pass a short quiz at the conclusion of the course to get CE credit. Please email your Feedback Form and quiz to


This two-part class will address questions such as:

After an affair:

  • is it best to work with partners individually or as a couple?
  • how are secrets managed in couples therapy?
  • what are the advantages and disadvantages of revealing an affair?
  • how can partners constructively talk about the details of the affair?
  • what does it mean to forgive?
  • is forgiveness necessary?
  • can trust be rebuilt (in cyberspace and in the flesh)?
  • how do couples work towards forgiveness?

This workshop will provide a radical model of treatment for affair recovery and provide concrete exercises for guiding couples through the healing process.



Meet your instructors: 


Dr. Tammy Nelson Dr. Nelson is a sex and relationship expert, an international speaker, an author and a licensed psychotherapist with over 25 years of experience working with individuals and couples, is in private practice and teaches seminars and workshops around the world for couples and professionals.  She is a Board Certified Sexologist, a Certified Sex Therapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Certified Imago Relationship therapist.  She is an invited speaker at Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance Physicians Organization and at the University of California, Irvine.   She speaks worldwide on global relational change.



Janis Abrahms SpringPh.D., ABPP is a nationally acclaimed expert on issues of trust, intimacy, and forgiveness. Her book, After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful, has sold more than a half million copies. Dr. Spring is also the author of the award-winning, How Can I Forgive You? The Courage to Forgive, The Freedom Not To, and Life with Pop: Lessons on Caring for an Aging


**This program meets the educational requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 2 CE credits – asynchronous. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information please contact or go to  Please contact your local certifying organization for detailed information on courses they accept for CEs.