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039 | The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth: Full Disclosure for Couples Navigating Relational Betrayal

Preconference Workshops


Debbie Laaser, M.A., Elizabeth Griffin, M.A., and Jim Farm, M.A.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, and Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




Trust is an integral part of growing close to a spouse. Trust will be broken when there are secrets or lies about behaviors. In rebuilding trust, creating a new foundation of truth-telling is essential. Full disclosure is a process to help couples heal from the pain of betrayal and move forward in truth. This workshop will present a detailed explanation of preparing both a man or woman struggling with sexual addiction and his or her spouse for full therapeutic disclosure. The presenters will also role-play an actual disclosure session. Research on the efficacy of disclosure will be presented, and information will be provided about who should disclose, who should not disclose, the timing for disclosure, and whether using a polygraph is helpful.   

Learning Objectives

Define what full disclosure is and why it is essential to rebuild trust within sessions 
Explain the process of preparing both husband and wife for a disclosure session 
Evaluate research for the efficacy of full disclosure after secrets and lying have been identified in a committed relationship