2 CEs
CEU Course

Special Topics in Couples Therapy: Secure Attachment as a Protective Factor to Support Ethical Decision Making (October 2024)

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According to the American Psychological Association's Encyclopedia of Psychology, 90% of adults get married before the age of 50. Divorce rates of heterosexual marriages are approaching 67%. Furthermore, research is continually demonstrating that, while same-sex marriages face unique challenges, relationship success or failure is often able to be predicted along similar lines as heterosexual relationships (Gottman et. al. 2003). Divorced or separated men are twice as likely to die by suicide as married men (Kopsowa 2003). Addressing the epidemic levels of divorce is a powerful antidote toward addressing suicide in the United States. Healthy attachment has been acknowledged as a biological need that affects physiological responses down to the sensitivity of pain receptors. Participants will learn how effective couples treatment can be a profound protective factor against suicide and how to intervene when suicidality is voiced in the clinical setting.

Couples therapists interface with a number of extremely important and sensitive ethical issues in marital therapy. Affairs, addiction, violence, divorce, countertransference, and various co-morbidities are present in marital therapy to a significant degree. Participants will explore ethical ways to navigate these tricky situations.


10/15/2024 11:50AM - 2:00PM EST



Credit Hours

2 CEs including: 1 hour in ethics and 1 hour in suicidality

Course Overview

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will apply secure attachment interventions as a suicide protective factor.
  • Participants will describe various ethically relevant decision-making processes in couples therapy.


Course Bibliography

Bowlby J. Attachment. Vol. 1. Basic Books; NY: 1982. Attachment and loss.

Bradley, Renay P. Cleary, Friend, Daniel J. and Gottman, John M. (2011) ‘Supporting Healthy Relationships in Low-Income, Violent Couples: Reducing Conflict and Strengthening Relationship Skills and Satisfaction‘, Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 10:2, 97-116;

Coan, J., Schaefer, H., & Cavidson, R. Lending a hand. psychological Science, 2006, vol. 17, pp.1-8.

Conejero, I., Olié, E., Calati, R., Ducasse, D., & Courtet, P. (2018). Psychological Pain, Depression, and Suicide: Recent Evidences and Future Directions. Current psychiatry reports, 20(5), 33. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11920-018-0893-z

Eisenberger, N. I., Master, S. L., Inagaki, T. K., Taylor, S. E., Shirinyan, D., Lieberman, M. D., & Naliboff, B. D. (2011). Attachment figures activate a safety signal-related neural region and reduce pain experience. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(28), 11721-11726. doi:10.1073/pnas.1108239108

Esposito, B. (2020, March 16). Benita Esposito. Retrieved from https://www.flourishing-lives.com/dr- john-gottmans-marriage-research-statistics/

Falgares G, Marchetti D, De Santis S, Carrozzino D, Kopala-Sibley DC, Fulcheri M and Verrocchio MC (2017) Attachment Styles and Suicide- Related Behaviors in Adolescence: The Mediating Role of Self-Criticism and Dependency. Front. Psychiatry 8:36. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2017.00036

Fogel, A. (2012, April 19). Emotional and Physical Pain Activate Similar Brain Regions. Psychology Today.

G. Anne Bogat, Antonia M. Garcia, and Alytia A. Levendosky (2013). Assessment and Psychotherapy with Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence: Integrating Research and Practice. Psychodynamic Psychiatry: Vol. 41, Intimate Partner Violence, pp. 189-217.

Gottman, John M. and Schwartz-Gottman, Julie. (March 2017) The Natural Principles of Love, Journal of Family Theory and Review

Johnson, S. M. (2019). Attachment theory in practice: Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) with individuals, couples, and families. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.

Kposowa, A. J. (2000). Marital status and suicide in the National Longitudinal Mortality Study. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 54(4), 254–261. doi: 10.1136/jech.54.4.254

Lee, J., Kim, H., Woo, J., Chang, S. M., Hong, J. P., Lee, D. W., Hahm, B. J., Cho, S. J., Park, J. I., Jeon, H.J., Seong, S. J., Park, J. E., & Kim, B. S. (2020). Impacts of Remaining Single above the Mean Marriage Age on Mental Disorders and Suicidality: a Nationwide Study in Korea. Journal of Korean medical science, 35(37), e319. https://doi.org/10.3346/jkms.2020.35.e319

Miniati, M., Callari, A., & Pini, S. (2017). ADULT ATTACHMENT STYLE AND SUICIDALITY. Psychiatria Danubina, 29(3), 250-259. Retrieved September/October, 2020.

Navarra. R. J. & Gottman J. M. (2011). Gottman method couple therapy: from Theory to practice. In D.K. Carson, and M. Casado-Kehoe (Eds.) Case studies in couples therapy: Theory-based approaches (331-343). New York Routledge

Pakniyat-Jahromi, S., Korenis, P., & Sher, L. (2022). Pain and suicide: what should we tell our trainees?. Acta neuropsychiatrica, 34(3), 127–131. https://doi.org/10.1017/neu.2021.46

Rumble M, Keefe F, Porter L, Miller J, Davis D, Scipio C, Garst J, Peterson B. Relationship of marital attachment style to symptoms, self-efficacy and psychological distress in patients with lung cancer and their spouses. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Pain Society; San Antonio, TX. May 2006

Stephenson, M., Prom-Wormley, E., Lannoy, S., & Edwards, A. C. (2023). The temporal relationship between marriage and risk for suicidal ideation. Journal of affective disorders, 343, 129–135. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2023.10.007

Stepp, S. D., Morse, J. Q., Yaggi, K. E., Reynolds, S. K., Reed, L. I., & Pilkonis, P. A. (2008). The Role of Attachment Styles and Interpersonal Problems in Suicide-Related Behaviors. Suicide and Life- Threatening Behavior, 38(5), 592-607. doi:10.1521/suli.2008.38.5.592

Tatkin, S. (2012). Wired for love: How understanding your partners brain and attachment style can help you defuse conflict and build a secure relationship. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.


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Cognitive Behavior Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Cognitive Behavior Institute maintains responsibility for content of this program.

Social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors in Pennsylvania can receive continuing education from providers approved by the American Psychological Association. Since CBI is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education, licensed social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed professional counselors in Pennsylvania will be able to fulfill their continuing education requirements by attending CBI continuing education programs. For professionals outside the state of Pennsylvania, you must confirm with your specific State Board that APA approved CE's are accepted towards your licensure requirements. The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) has a process for approving individual programs or providers for continuing education through their Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ACE approved providers and individual courses approved by ASWB are not accepted by every state and regulatory board for continuing education credits for social workers. Every US state other than New York accepts ACE approval for social workers in some capacity: New Jersey only accepts individually approved courses for social workers, rather than courses from approved providers. The West Virginia board requires board approval for live courses, but accepts ASWB ACE approval for other courses for social workers. For more information, please see https://www.aswb.org/ace/ace-jurisdiction-map/. Whether or not boards accept ASWB ACE approved continuing education for other professionals such as licensed professional counselors or licensed marriage and family therapists varies by jurisdiction. To determine if a course can be accepted by your licensing board, please review your board’s regulations or contact them. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.

Course Schedule

Course Date Course Start Time Course End Time Timezone
10/15/2024 11:50AM 2:00PM EST

Course Agenda

Course Event Day or Date Course Agenda Time Block Course Content Covered
DAY 1 11:50-12:00 Introduction: Introduction & Course Overview (Conflicts of interest, learning objectives, limitations)
DAY 1 12:00-1:00 Suicide, Pain, and Attachment (research, attachment formation, clinical application of relational intervention for suicide prevention)
DAY 1 1:00-2:00 Discussion on various ethical considerations (contraindications, affairs, violence, addiction, divorce, balanced rapport)

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about Zoom and Webinars

What platform will be used for the webinar? CBI Center for Education has invested in Zoom for Webinars. You do not need a Zoom account to join the webinar and you can join from your computer or mobile device. As an attendee, the presenter will not be able to see your video or hear you unless they give you special permission during the webinar.

What time will the webinar begin and in what time zone? Please see the event page on https://www.cbicenterforeducation.com/ for information about the webinar, such as the start time. In addition, when registrants receive the email for the event, the date and time of the event is included.

When will I receive the link to attend the webinar? After you’ve signed up for the event through our website, you will receive an automated email from Blue Sky. At the bottom of this email is a blue button labeled “Join” that you can click on the day of the event. Or log in directly to your Blue Sky account and join from there.

Why can’t I get into the webinar? Once you have joined the webinar, you might see a message that states that the webinar has not yet started. The webinar will start once the presenter has joined and clicks “start the meeting.” We hope this happens on time, but it may be several minutes late. Please be patient while you are waiting for the webinar to start.

lined internet or being physically located close to your router. Technical support will not be provided by CBI for any connection issues on the day of the training. CBI will not issue refunds due to technical issues experienced by participants. Our presenters are connected to hard-lined business-grade internet when presenting.

What happens if my internet briefly freezes? If you become disconnected during the event, log back on immediately. A brief interruption of connectivity will not impact your eligibility for a CE certificate.

Will there be a recording? No, there will not be a recording or replay.

Will you know that I am logged in and active in the webinar? Yes, Zoom’s platform monitors the attendance and activity of the attendees. Additionally, there will be a chat feature and various forms of participation monitored throughout the training.

Will I have to show my face on camera? Zoom’s webinar platform does not capture participants on video unless specifically requested during the meeting by the host. Instead, participants will view the presenter and the presenter's slides on their screen.

Is there Audio? Yes, the webinar will have sound. Please test that your device’s sound is working prior to the event. A good way to do this is to go to YouTube and play a

Questions about the Event

Will I receive the presenter's slides? It is up to each presenter if they wish to share their slides. If slides are being shared, they will be uploaded as a document within the course in Blue Sky and can be downloaded and printed as necessary. We are unable to respond to emails asking for the slides ahead of the presentation.

Questions about the Survey

When will I receive my course evaluation survey? Following the completion of the event, the survey will be unlocked and located within the course.

You must complete the survey within 14 calendar days following the event if you would like to receive a CE certificate.

We are unable to respond to emails from participants asking for confirmation that their course completion survey was received. If you clicked the SUBMIT button your survey was received.

Do I need to fill out the course evaluation survey if I don’t want a CE certificate? If you do not wish to receive a CE certificate, you do not need to complete this survey. The CE certificate is the only type of certificate that will be issued.

Questions about Continuing Education & Certificates

What is the criteria for receiving CE? If you attend the whole webinar and complete the course evaluation survey, we will issue you the CE that you are eligible for.

How many suicide and ethics CE's will be issued? Please see the event page on https://www.cbicenterforeducation.com/for information about the training, including how much continuing education is offered and what type.

Will these CE's count toward my individual state licensure or another credential that I currently hold? It is the responsibility of the licensee to determine if trainings are acceptable as continuing education to their state’s licensure board or other credentialing body. Some of our trainings are individually approved for continuing education, such as through the Association of Social Work Boards individual course ACE Program. In addition, CBI is an approved provider of continuing education through the American Psychological Association CESA program and is an approved provider of continuing education to counselors, social workers, and psychologists in the state of New York. Many boards accept trainings that are individual approved or are offered by approved providers for continuing education. Please see the event page for the training you are interested in on our website https://www.cbicenterforeducation.com/for approvals that apply for each specific training.

Will you issue partial CE credits? No, we do not issue partial CE credits and therefore if you do not attend the training in its entirety, you will not be receiving a CE certificate. This is an APA and ASWB ACE requirement and is non-negotiable. Please refrain from emailing us explaining why you were unable to login to the event on time (this includes mixing up time zones and technical difficulties).

When will I receive my CE certificate? Upon completion of the event and survey, your certificate will immediately be available.

How will I receive my CE certificate? Your CE certificate will be available through your Blue Sky account and will also be directly sent to your email associated with your Blue Sky account. It will automatically be accessible to you once all previous criteria have been met.

I filled out the wrong email address or misspelled my name on my account registration. How do I get a new certificate? In the registration, it asks for the participant to fill out
their name, licensure, and license number. These fields automatically populate within our certificates. PLEASE NOTE: Any requested changes to the email entered after
registration or after the survey is complete will require a $5 processing fee. Additional changes to the produced CE certificate based off of information provided by the attendee will also require a $5 processing fee. CBI Center of Education is extremely lean administratively and utilizes technology to streamline our events in order to keep our trainings free to low cost. When we receive manual requests post registration, additional staff is needed to assist with these manual requests, thus the reason for the
change fees. Please reach out to info@cbicenterforeducation.com

Questions about Accommodation

How can I access accommodations for my disability? Our webinars are available to anyone who is able to access the internet. For those who are vision impaired graphs
and videos are described verbally. We also read all of the questions and comments that are asked of our speakers. All questions and comments are made via the chat function.

For those that require it, please contact us at info@cbicenterforeducation.com for more information on and/or to request closed-captioning.

Additional Questions

I have a question that isn’t in the Q&A. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please email us at info@cbicenterforeducation.com.

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