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205 | When Trust Has Been Broken: The Roadmap to Repairs

Love and Sex: Men, Women, and Relationships, Thursday 9/14 2:15 – 3:30 PM, Workshop Tracks


Leslie Vernick, M.S.W.



Approved For CE

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

Approved For CME/CEU




Pornography, adultery, addictions, and abuse destroy safety and trust in a marriage. If possible, licensed mental health professionals and ministry leaders want to see a broken marriage reconciled. But what are the specific steps necessary to rebuild shattered trust? What therapeutic mile markers indicate clients are on the right path to rebuilding that trust? Reconciliation is far deeper than forgiveness. Forgiveness is just the first step. Genuine healing reconciliation must also involve repairing the trust that was damaged. In this workshop, the presenter will define the six areas in which trust can degenerate in a marriage and how reliving the past can hurt the future health of the marriage. Participants will also learn four specific steps to walk couples through to help reconcile the marriage and create a more trusting relationship.

Learning Objectives

1. Define six specific areas where trust can break down in marriage
2. Outline two key indicators that will help identify old marital history from new marital history so bridges can begin to be built
3. Identify four specific steps necessary to rebuild broken trust so that reconciliation can take place, as well as describe when a marriage is irreparably harmed
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