Managing Secrets in Couples & Family Therapy: A Radical Approach


Affairs are all about secrets. How can a therapist treat both the unfaithful and the hurt partner and respect the confidences of each?


Affairs are all about secrets. How can a therapist treat both the unfaithful and the hurt partner and respect the confidences of each?

This workshop will describe an “open secrets policy” – a radical model for helping unfaithful partners resolve their ambivalence about what to disclose, decide whether to recommit to the marriage and perhaps, to work to rebuild trust and intimacy. Tammy and Janis will draw from their clinical cases to bring these concepts to life.

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

Designed for:   Therapists, counselors, healers, and anyone else interested in the field of love and eroticism.

Course includes:   One hour recorded webinar and reading material.

1 ASSECT CE** Available in these Core Knowledge Areas (CKAs):  

Sex Education:  C, E, I, M

Sex Therapy:   A, C, E

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


During this course participants will: 

  •  Understand the benefits of seeing partners both individually and conjointly in treating infidelity.
  •  Challenge the assumption that the therapist can’t keep secrets and maintain ethical boundaries in the couple.
  •  Learn how to help unfaithful partners unpack their secrets and resolve their ambivalence about recommitting to the marriage.


Meet your instructors:  

Dr. Tammy 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 Spring, Ph.D., LPN  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 1 CE credits. 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


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