to use individual and joint sessions to work with such couples in a way that respects each partner’s separate agenda, while creating a holding environment for both. You’ll learn how to do short-term Discernment Counseling to help couples clarify their decision about divorce, determine whether they’re ready for the hard work of reconciliation, and explore what they can learn from their relationship if they decide not to stay together.
William Doherty, Ph.D., is a professor and director of the Citizen Professional Center at the University of Minnesota. He’s the author or coauthor of 12 books on families and family therapy, including Take Back Your Marriage, Take Back Your Kids, and Family Therapy, with Susan McDaniel. To learn more, visit http://www.drbilldoherty.org.