415: When Trust has Been Broken: The Road Map to Repairs
Leslie Vernick, M.S.W.
Christ-Centered Counseling and Coaching
P.O. Box 5312
Sun City West, AZ 85376
There are no perfect marriages, and all relationships contain some sin and suffering. However, most of the training counselors and pastors receive to help troubled couples do not specifically address domestic abuse issues or identify the subtle dynamics of other emotionally destructive attitudes and behaviors. Studies show that one in four Christian women reports being in an emotionally destructive marriage; yet, helping professionals are ill-equipped to handle these situations competently and compassionately in a way that benefits both victim and perpetrator.
• Identify the difference between a difficult marriage, a disappointing marriage, and a destructive marriage, and know when the line is crossed
• Describe three common mistakes licensed mental health professionals, coaches, and pastoral counselors make when working with this population that cause more harm to individuals and couples in distress
• Identify four, distinct stages of therapy and the goals necessary in each stage for destructive patterns to be broken so the marriage can be healed