January 21, 2015 Rescheduled for March 18, 2015

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm (ET)


Bill Doherty, Ph.D., is director of the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project at the University of Minnesota and co-founder with his daughter Elizabeth Doherty Thomas of The Doherty Relationship Institute. A long term marriage therapist, educator, and researcher, he is author of many books including Take Back Your Marriage: Sticking Together in a World That Pulls Us Apart. For more information on training and referrals for discernment counseling, see www.discernmentcounseling.com.

Learn about an innovation in working with couples on the brink of divorce where one spouse is leaning out of the marriage and the other wants to save it. This is a common presentation to marriage therapists, clergy, and divorce lawyers, but there have been few protocols for helping these couples. Discernment counseling is a structured way to help "mixed agenda" couples decide whether to work on preserving their marriage or move toward divorce, based on a deeper understanding of what has happened to their relationship and each person's contributions. Bill Doherty has developed discernment counseling protocols for couples therapists (five sessions) and for clergy (one session and referral), plus an "ambivalence" protocol for family-friendly divorce lawyers and mediators.  


  1. Identify the special challenges that mixed agenda couples face when they see helping professionals.
  2. Describe how couples therapist use discernment counseling to help these couples decide on the next step for their relationship.
  3. Describe how clergy use their own version of discernment counseling.
  4. Outline an ambivalence protocol for divorce lawyers and mediators who see mixed agenda couples.


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