Issues in Therapy 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Trevecca Nazarene University | Nashville, TN
Boone Convocation Center

How Sex, Cohabitation and the Development of Commitment Impact Lasting Love

Scott, Stanley, Ph.D.

Scott Stanley, Ph.D., is a professor and co director of the Center for Marital and Family Studies at the University of Denver. He has published widely in terms of journal articles and book chapters, with research interests including relationship commitment, cohabitation, conflict, confidence, risk factors for divorce, and the prevention of marital distress. Along with Dr. Howard Markman, he has been involved in the research, development, and refinement of the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) for over 30 years. Stanley and colleagues have been conducting a large-sample longitudinal study of unmarried individuals in serious romantic relationships, examining cohabitation and other dynamics in couple development funded by NICHD (The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development). Stanley has co-authored or authored various books, including Fighting for Your Marriage, 12 Hours to a Great Marriage, and The Power of Commitment, and co-authored relationship education curricula such as PREP, Within My Reach, Within Our Reach, and On My Shoulders.

Participants will learn:

  • A model for understanding how increasingly common patterns of relationship development increase risks for relationship problems, break up, and divorce.
  • Strategies for diagnosing the development of commitment and understanding the implications for premarital education and couples therapy.
  • Strategies to help clients follow through on important goals in life.
  • A model for identifying dynamic vs. static risk factors, and how each relate to intervention strategies, including up-to-date research findings on who succeeds in marriage, who struggles, and what predicts the difference.


Counseling Professionals: $100 (Early Bird Rate until Sept. 12)
Standard Rate: $125 (After Sept. 12)
Clergy and Graduate Counseling Students: $50 (With valid Student ID)
6 CEUs available

Cancellations received by September 29, 2014, will be honored at full fee minus $25.00 for administrative costs. Refunds will not be issued after this date.

If you are a Fall 2014 TNU site supervisor, please email Jan Harvey and provide the name of your current Trevecca intern.