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Bad Couples Therapy and How to Avoid It

William DohertyMonday, November 7

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William Doherty • Learn about the most common mistakes therapists make when treating couples and how to avoid the pitfalls inherent in couples work with seasoned therapist William Doherty.

You’ll expand your therapeutic repertoire for dealing with challenging situations, including how to effectively structure early sessions and the best ways to work with couples on the brink of divorce. In this nuts-and-bolts presentation, you’ll find out how to avoid unintentionally undermining a couple’s commitment to each other and other practical strategies that will help make you a more effective couples therapist.

William Doherty, Ph.D., is a professor and director of the Citizen Professional Center at the University of Minnesota. His books include Soul Searching, Take Back Your Marriage, and Take Back Your Kids. His latest book is Family Therapy, with Susan McDaniel. Website:

Learning Objectives:

1. Outline the most common pitfalls of couples therapy.
2. Understand the best interventions for couples on the brink.
3. Explain how to help maintain a couple’s commitment.