Maintaining a Healthy Marriage: Implications for Counselors

Although the divorce rate has stabilized at about 50%, this course will not focus on unhealthy marriages or factors that contribute to divorce. Rather, the course will focus on maintaining a healthy marriage and long-term relationships. From a theoretical perspective, Sternberg identified the components of two types of long-lasting relationships: companionate or consummate loves. Within the theoretical perspective, the course will highlight specific communication patterns and affects and the impact that self-care can have in maintaining healthy, long-term relationships. In addition, the course will also draw attention to cultural differences in maintaining a healthy marriage, as most relationship research has focused on majority populations. As such, the course will summarize some of the literature about populations not typically studied in relationship research. Finally, concrete implications for mental health professionals working with couples will also be discussed.

The purpose of this course is to outline techniques to support and promote a healthy long-term relationship, with the ultimate goal of enhancing clients' clinical experience and marriage.

Target Audience

This course is designed for licensed mental health professionals, including counselors, therapists, and social workers, working with couples or individuals in long-term relationships.

Learning Objectives

  1. Compare and contrast different theories of relationships.
  2. Discuss the impact of individual thoughts and affect states in maintaining healthy relationships.
  3. Outline strategies for promoting relational health.
  4. Consider diverse populations and cultural implications in maintaining healthy relationships.

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 Approved Continuing Education (ACE)
  • 2.00 Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
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Michael E. Considine, PsyD, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor in New Jersey and Delaware and a New Jersey Certified School Psychologist. He received his PsyD from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 2009 and his Master's degree from Georgian Court College Graduate School in Lakewood, New Jersey. He works with children of all ages, adults, couples, and families with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues. As a school psychologist, Dr. Considine also conducts full psycho-educational batteries and has acted as a consultant for parents of children with special needs. Most recently, he has been facilitating trainings and workshops for hospitals and schools. Dr. Considine is currently employed as an independent contractor through Mid Atlantic Behavioral Health in Newark, Delaware.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, Michael E. Considine, PsyD, LPC, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Division Planner

Alice Yick Flanagan, PhD, MSW

Division Planner Disclosure

The division planner has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Director of Development and Academic Affairs

Sarah Campbell

Director Disclosure Statement

The Director of Development and Academic Affairs has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

About the Sponsor

The purpose of NetCE is to provide challenging curricula to assist healthcare professionals to raise their levels of expertise while fulfilling their continuing education requirements, thereby improving the quality of healthcare.

Our contributing faculty members have taken care to ensure that the information and recommendations are accurate and compatible with the standards generally accepted at the time of publication. The publisher disclaims any liability, loss or damage incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents. Participants are cautioned about the potential risk of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into practice.

Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of NetCE not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, NetCE is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit.

Designations of Credit

Social workers participating in this intermediate to advanced course will receive 2 Clinical continuing education clock hours.

Individual State Behavioral Health Approvals

In addition to states that accept ASWB, NetCE is approved as a provider of continuing education by the following state boards: Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners, Provider #0515; Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, CE Broker Provider #50-2405; Illinois Division of Professional Regulation for Social Workers, License #159.001094; Illinois Division of Professional Regulation for Licensed Professional and Clinical Counselors, License #197.000185; Illinois Division of Professional Regulation for Marriage and Family Therapists, License #168.000190;

Available Credit

  • 2.00 Approved Continuing Education (ACE)
  • 2.00 Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)


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