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2 CE Hours


This certificate is non-credit but it does qualify for continuing education units.

Counseling Couples in Conflict: A Strategy for Resolution


On-Demand - On your own schedule/at your own pace

Effective work in couples counseling is an extremely important function of "applied theology". This workshop is designed to assist counselors and pastors in being more successful in providing care by becoming aware of behavioral, communication and affective forces that impede successful reconciliation. The workshop will demonstrate a template to use with couples, families and individuals who are mired in interpersonal conflict.

Program Description:

Counseling couples has been identified by counselors as the work that that they are least prepared to perform (Worthington, 2009). This workshop will provide a process by which counselors can understand the process that impede successful reconciliation. Counselors can get "caught" in the emotionality and intensity with conflict couples. As an aid to leading the couple to insight and resolution the workshop will offer clarity into the motivations and behaviors of relational conflicts and strategies to move couples towards growth.


This course will be available to you for 30 days from your registration date. Please complete the course and the quiz within 30 days.


2 CE Hours

Who Should Attend:

Professional mental health, pastoral and lay ministry leaders who work with couples to reduce conflict and establish marital and family stability and success. This would include professional counselors, psychologists, social workers, pastors, discipleship leaders, adult teachers, small group facilitators and lay counselors.

Learning Level - Introductory

Educational Objectives:

This course is designed to help you:

  1. Establish and implement a counseling strategy with conflict couples.
  2. Assess and identify and manage the communication patterns that derail constructive discussion.
  3. Recognize and redirect intense emotions - anger, rage, despair, hopelessness, disengagement, manipulation - into reconciliation themes.
  4. Integrate the core Christian themes of grace, justice, compassion, trust and forgiveness into a counseling plan.

Price for Certificate:


Program Schedule:

On-Demand - On your own schedule/at your own pace

Professional and Continuing Education CE Hours

Psychology: Regent University's School of Psychology and Counseling Professional and Continuing Education Program is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The School of Psychology and Counseling's Professional and Continuing Education Program maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

Regent University School of Psychology and Counseling's Professional and Continuing Education opportunities are also eligible as psychologists training by the Virginia Board of Psychology (LCP - 18 VAC125-20-122).

Counselors: Regent University, School of Psychology and Counseling, is an NBCC-Approved Professional and Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

In Virginia, the SPC continuing education courses may also fulfill the continuing education requirements for counselors (LPC - 18 VAC 115-20-106), substance abuse treatment providers (LSATP - 18 VAC 115-60-116), and marriage and family therapists (LMFT - 18 VAC 115-50-96).

James N. Sells, Ph.D. is professor of counseling, Director of the Counseling and Program and Asst. Dean of Academics at Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA. His earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern California in 1993. He has other academic degrees from Biola University, Wheaton College and Northern Illinois University. He has been married for 20 years to Heather and they have three adolescent children.

Dr. James N. Sells is the co-author (with Dr. Mark Yarhouse) of Family Therapies: A Christian Appraisal and Counseling Couples in Conflict (IVP). He is a licensed psychologist and has worked with couples in clinical settings for more than 20 years. He has authored and co-authored more than thirty research and instructional articles and book chapters on marriage, family therapy, forgiveness and other mental health themes.