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Tokens of Affection: Reclaiming Your Marriage After Postpartum Depression

Author: Karen Kleiman and Amy Wenzel

Course Created: 2014

Practice Level: Intermediate

Book Required Duration: 8 hours
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Course Summary

Postpartum depression is hard on a marriage. Therapists can find themselves face-to-face with marriages that are suffocating, as if the depression has sucked the life out of a relationship that was only prepared for the anticipated joy of pending childbirth. What happens to marriage? Why do couples become angry, isolated, and disconnected? Tokens of Affection looks closely at marriages that have withstood the passing storm of depression and are now seeking, or in need of, direction back to their previous levels of functioning and connectedness. The reader is introduced to a model of collaboration that refers to 8 specific features, which guide postpartum couples back from depression. These features, framed as "Tokens," are based on marital therapy literature and serve as a reminder that these are not just communication skill-building techniques; they are gift-giving gestures on behalf of their relationship. A reparative resource, Tokens of Affection helps couples find renewed harmony, a solid relational ground, and reconnection.

Course Format

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Learning Objectives

  • Define a "Token"
  • Discuss gender differences in connecting
  • Explain challenges that have the potential to disrupt marital stability
  • Describe the dangers of "Keeping Score" in a relationship
  • Explain the benefits of laughter in a relationship
  • Discuss the role of forgiveness

Course Syllabus

  • Your Current Married State
  • When Depression Descends
  • The Connection
  • Secrets of a Successful Marriage
  • The Tokens
  • Connection Strategies
  • Token of Esteem
  • Token of Collaboration
  • Token of Compromise
  • Token of Selflessness
  • Token of Sanctuary
  • Token of Expression
  • Token of Tolerance
  • Token of Loyalty
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