It’s Tuesday, and even though I have a wicked case of the sniffles, it’s time for another social work exam prep question. We’re headed into pretty juicy territory here: Treating Couples. Not everyone will work with couples directly, but even if both partners aren’t in the room with you, couples issues will impact your work and need to be addressed. Here’s a sample question…
After 10 years together, a couple decides to seek treatment for increasing tension and feelings of disconnection and anger. They meet with a therapist and decide on a course of treatment that includes weekly sessions and homework. After several sessions, one partner calls the therapist and admits to having a long-term affair; the partner pleads with the therapist not to say anything and states a plan to end the affair to focus on the relationship. What should the therapist do NEXT?