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Treating Difficult Couples: Helping Clients with Coexisting Mental and Relationship Disorders

Author: Douglas K. Snyder (Editor), Mark A. Whisman (Editor)

Course Created: 2003

Practice Level: Intermediate

Book Required Duration: 12 hours
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Course Summary

Treating Difficult Couples addresses that challenge of providing therapy when there are co-occurring mental and relationship disorders. The course provides specific guidelines for conceptualizing, evaluating, and treating behavioral and health concerns in couple therapy.

Course Format

This course is based on a book and a post test. When you're ready, purchase the test by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Course Syllabus

  1. Comorbidity of Relationship Distress and Mental and Physical Health Problems
  2. Tailoring Couple Therapy to Individual Differences: A Conceptual Approach
  3. Anxiety Disorders
  4. Depression
  5. Bipolar Disorder
  6. Schizophrenia-Spectrum Disorders
  7. Alcohol and Other Substance Abuse
  8. Sexual Dysfunction
  9. Physical Aggression
  10. Borderline Personality Disorder
  11. Paranoia
  12. Narcissistic Disorder
  13. Posttraumatic Stress
  14. Childhood Sexual Trauma
  15. Physical Illness
  16. Aging and Cognitive Impairment
  17. Bereavement and Complicated Grief
  18. Understanding Psychopathology and Couple Dysfunction: Implications for Clinical Practice, Training, and Research

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the interaction between relationship disturbance and mental and physical health problems.
  • Describe the impact of a couple's relationship on specific psychological problems.
  • Explain the impact of specific psychological problems on a couple's relationship.
  • Describe effective couple-based interventions for specific psychological problems.
  • Explain the impact of depression relationships.
  • Discuss the impact of schizophrenia on relationships.
  • Describe the impact of paranoia on relationships.
  • Explain the impact of anxiety disorders on relationships.


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