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Should They Stay Or Should They Go?

  • 10/13/2017
  • 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Alley V 3375 Oak View Dr, Omaha, NE 68144


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Should They Stay Or Should They Go?

Relationship Discernment Counseling In The Individual Therapy Session

Regardless of whether or not you work with couples in your clinical practice, you have no doubt encountered clients who are dealing with difficult relationship issues. Relationship discernment, a situation in which one or both partners are considering whether or not to stay in their relationship, is an often-neglected relationship problem in both the individual and couples therapy modalities.

In this workshop we will dive into the concept of relationship discernment and discuss how to help our individual clients navigate through the complex feelings and decision-making tasks inherent in a relationship in which one person is “leaning in” (wants to stay in the relationship and make it work) and one is “leaning out” (is strongly considering leaving the relationship).

 We will:

  • Review relevant research on couples, divorce and relationship discernment
  • Define the “mixed agenda” couple and look at how partners in this type of relationship can present in our practice
  • Describe the principles, goals and strategies of Discernment Counseling, a therapeutic perspective and intervention that is specifically designed to meet the therapeutic needs of the mixed agenda couple
  • Discuss how to utilize Discernment Counseling strategies in the individual therapy session with a partner who is either leaning in or out of their relationship
  • Consider the signs that might indicate that a couple you’re working with has switched to a discernment paradigm and discuss how to help them find the therapeutic intervention they need during this difficult time

Anne Barker, LCSW, LIMHP

A licensed therapist for over fifteen years, Anne has extensive experience working with individuals and couples in the area of relationship improvement. She has completed the Level I and II Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and a specialized training program in Discernment Counseling. Her relationship work is informed by additional training in EMDR, insomnia, women’s issues, stress management, blended families and parent education.

Anne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s Studies from Vassar College and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and is a Certified Clinical Sleep Counselor and Certified Gottman Educator.

 She has given presentations and facilitated workshops in the areas of relationship improvement, communication strategies, divorce, blended family issues and sleep improvement. She is currently the co-facilitator of a popular bi-annual premarital program offered at Trinity Cathedral in Omaha, the co-owner of the recently introduced Omaha Relationship Institute, and writes a lively and accessible relationship blog, Hitch Fix.

You can find out more about Anne’s therapy services, presentation topics and writing at her website,

Workshop at Ally V

3375 Oak View Dr, Omaha, NE 68144

Registration will be from 8:30am-9am

Workshop from 9am-12:15pm

Lunch will be served around 11:45am.

Lunch options include:

1. Crispy Chicken (4 fresh hand battered chicken strips and Fries or tater tots)

2. Cobb Salad (Grilled or Crispy Chicken (or none), tomato, avocado, egg, bleu cheese, bacon, and ranch)

3. Southwest Chicken Wrap (lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, and shredded cheese in a flour tortilla, fries or tater tots or side salad)

4. Hamburger (Fries or tots or salad)

5. Grilled Chicken (Steamed veggies and cilantro rice)

You will order when you arrive.

This program meets the criteria of an approved continuing education program for mental health practice for 3 CEUs

APPT Member Early Bird Rate: $60

(until 10/6/17)

APPT Member Rate: $70 (after early bird)

APPT Non-Member Rate: $80

Cancellation Policy For APPT

Contact Kristan Kiger by 5pm on 10/6/17, you can receive a credit to be used for a future event or your membership dues.  Credits will not be given after 5pm on 10/6/17.


ADA Needs

We would be happy to accommodate your ADA needs or concerns. Please contact Kristan Kiger at 402-370-6898 or ahead of the event.

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