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Spring Conference: Discernment Counseling (March 27-28, 2020)


March 27, 2020
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Indiana Wesleyan University West
6832 Digital Way
Indianapolis, IN 46278

 When One Says "I'm done" and the Other says "Let's try": Discernment Counseling for mixed-agenda couples

Discernment counseling is a short-term counseling approach (1-5 sessions) developed to cater to the unique needs of mixed-agenda couples (one leaning into and one leaning out of the relationship). The goal of discernment counseling is to help couples gain greater clarity and confidence in their decision making about the future of their marriage. Through a combination of couple and individual time, each partner develops a personal agenda for change. Further, they discover what it might take to either restore the relationship back to health, divorce in a healthy way, or make no change at all. 

Keynote Presenter: Dr. Steven Harris

Steve Harris

About the Presenter:

Steven M. Harris, PhD, LMFT is Professor and Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Program at the University of Minnesota.  He has been practicing as a marriage and family therapist for over 29 years.  He also serves as the Associate Director of the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project.  He is involved in a variety of research projects including with the National Divorce Decision-Making Project and in clinical practice with couples on the brink of divorce. He is the author of over 65 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and the co-author of "Seven Letters That Will Bring You Closer to Your College Student" and "Should I Try to Work it Out?" He lives in the Twin Cities of Minnesota and enjoys the outdoors, college basketball, and Tabasco.