By the end of this training participants will have gained or furthered their understanding of:
- Demographics of infidelity, including distinctives in gender, socio-economic level, race, and faith.
- Why infidelity is classified as a trauma.
- The common infidelity recovery process.
- Several narrative images that can be explored in session designed to help couples work through the trauma of infidelity including:
- Crushed Ankle
- Cancer vs Arterial cut
- Impact (shock wave)
- Purchase & Debt
- Trust Bucket
- Trust Grid
- Toxic Beauty
- Common roles spouses accept in recovery from infidelity and how to guide couples toward healthier roles.
- The rules of recovery in infidelity and how to present them to couples.
- Complex infidelity cases and what makes them different.
Friday, March 29, 2019
8:00-8:45 – Registration
8:45-9:00 – Welcome and introductions
- Infidelity by the numbers;
- Indifelity as trauma;
- Infidelity recovery process.
10:30-10:45 – Break
10:45-12:15 – Images of Recovery – Part 1
12:15 – 1:30 – Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 – Images of Recovery – Part II
3:00 – 3:15 – Break
3:15 – 4:15 – Roles and Rules
4:15-4:45 – Reaction and discussion
4:45 – 5:00 – Wrap up and evaluations
About your trainer
“As difficult and painful as this process is, I love watching couples go through the recovery process. Most of the couples who walk through the recovery process go on to have truly admirable marriages. They learn the skills, attitudes, and stances that help them have rich intimacy.”
Michael R. Sytsma
PhD, LPC, CST, CPCS
Dr. Sytsma has worked almost exclusively with couples in his counseling practice since founding Building Intimate Marriages, Inc. in 1998. Over 70% of his current case load includes affair recovery. As such, he has worked with hundreds of couples sorting through infidelity.
Michael has a PhD from the University of Georgia (COAMFT) where he focused on marital sexuality, a Masters in Community Counseling from Georgia State University (CACREP), a diploma in Christian Counseling from Psychological Studies Institute, and a BS in Christian Ministry from Indiana Wesleyan University where he also studied Substance Abuse Counseling. He is also an Ordained Minister in The Wesleyan Church and served as staff pastor for many years before founding Building Intimate Marriages, Inc. Michael is also a co-founder of Sexual Wholeness, Inc. where he developed the Institute for Sexual Wholeness program.
Dr. Sytsma loves to teach. He is a frequent presenter at professional conferences, couples retreats and workshops, and serves as professor in several graduate schools and seminaries including Richmont Graduate University, Asbury Theological Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary, Dallas Theological Seminary, and Denver Seminary.
While trained in various models of counseling, Michael credits Minuchin and Bowen for the core of his theory while borrowing heavily from IFS, Narrative, and his early training in CBT and the medical model of substance abuse counseling.
Dr. Sytsma’s full C.V. is available here.
Who is it for?
- Professional Counselors (LPC/MHCC)
- Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT)
- Clinical Social Worksers
- Pastoral Counselors
- lay counselors,
- psychiatric nurses,
300 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Sugar Hill, GA 30518
Cost & Continuing Education
(includes program, materials, snacks, CE certificates)
Early Registration (until 10/31/18) – $125.00
Normal Registration (11/1/18-3/14/19) – $150.00
Late Registration (3/15/19-3/29/19) – $175.00
Full time student – $99.00.
*Policies, including cancelation/refund, are detailed below.
Note the CE policy listed below.
Licensed Professional Counselors Association
This workshop has been approved by LPCA GA for 6.0 Core hours of continuing education for Professional Counselors. #7595-18.
Marriage and Family Therapy
This workshop has been approved by GAMFT for 6.0 Core hours of continuing education for Marriage and Family Therapists. #150-2018
National Board for Certified Counselors
Images of Affair Recovery has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. Building Intimate Marriages, Inc., is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-3219.
Want an Online Option?
We will be streaming this workshop live. Note that while the streamed version will include all the same content, it will NOT include a CE option. It will include all the content and ability to text in questions. The online version is LIVE and only available the weekend of the event.
To register for the streamed version, please click the link.
Registration is fully transferrable without additional cost. To transfer registration the original individual who registered must email the host before the start of the workshop.
Registrations will be refunded based on the following:
- Before 2/1/2018 full refund.
- Between 2/1/2018 and 4/6/2018 full refund minus $25.00 processing fee.
- After 3/15/2018 no refund.
No refunds will be provided for those who fail to attend or do not meet CE requirements.
- Sign in before the beginning of each session,
- Be present until the end of each session, and
- Submit an evaluation form of the program.
Record of attendance and evaluation forms will be maintained by Building Intimate Marriages, Inc. for at least 5 (five) years from the date of the workshop.
– will be taught from a disctinctly Biblical Christian perspective and
– will be taught toward a target audience that is seeking to provide counseling both from that perspective, and largely to clients holding this perspective,
program participants who adhere to any religion, religious principles, creed, integration approach, or political principles, are welcome to attend. It is expected that workshop attendees will understand and respect the intended target audience and faith perspective of the presenters.
Building Intimate Marriages, Inc. does not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program, or activity on the basis of gender, race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age, organizational membership, or any other basis prohibited by law.
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