Keynote: Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph.D., ABPP

After the Affair: Reconnection and Forgiveness?


Janis is a nationally acclaimed expert on issues of trust, intimacy, and forgiveness. She is author of the award-winning After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful (which has sold more than ½ million copies); How Can I Forgive You? The Courage to Forgive, The Freedom Not To; and Life with Pop: Lessons on Caring for an Aging Parent.

In private practice in Westport, CT for 40 years, Dr. Spring is the recipient of the Connecticut Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Practice of Psychology and the Connecticut Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Award for Distinguished Family Service. Board Certified in Clinical Psychology, she is a former clinical supervisor in the Department of Psychology at Yale University.


This keynote will offer concrete clinical interventions to help couples struggling with infidelity. Poignant case examples will provide direction to questions such as:

What constitutes an affair?

What makes cyber-relationships particularly seductive?

Is there room for secrets in couple therapy?

How can therapists help partners absorb the trauma of infidelity and earn forgiveness?

How do feelings of love deceive as much as they inform?

How do attributes which originally attracted us to our partner become targets of our contempt?

How can partners work to rebuild trust and intimacy, even when they don’t yet feel very loved or loving?

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe an open secrets policy that helps couples and therapists manage
secrets in couples therapy.
2. Specify what makes cybersex so appealing and addictive.
3. Explain how an understanding of contributing factors reduces a couple’s
vulnerability to future affairs.

4. Describe a trust-building exercise that fosters connection between partners
after an affair in cyberspace and in the flesh.

Celebrating 30 Years

Getting the Love You Want

honoring Imago Founders

Helen LaKelly Hunt and Harville Hendrix

upon the 30th anniversary of the publishing of

Getting the Love You Want.

Imago has a four pronged future: a radical revision of theory, a relocation of therapy, the integration of the theory and therapy into the mental health field, and the facilitation of relational civilization. This session will include lecture, video, music, testimony, and group engagement.

Learning Objectives:
1. List four goals of Imago’s future
2. Describe the relocation of therapy.
3. Share new theory and therapy with others.
4.Market Imago to non-Imago professionals.

Harville Hendrix Ph.D.

Harville is a New York Times bestselling author, international speaker, and couples therapist with more than 40 years' experience as an educator, clinical trainer and lecturer who has appeared on Oprah's television program 17 times.

He holds graduate degrees from Union Theological Seminary (NY) and the University of Chicago and is a former professor at Southern Methodist University.

Helen LaKelly Hunt Ph.D.

Helen is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and noted philanthropist. Her partnership with Harville has led to the creation of 10 books on relationships and the widespread effectiveness of IMAGO therapy. She holds earned and honorary degrees from Union Theological Seminary (NY) and Southern Methodist University. As the author of Faith and Feminism, Helen was installed in the Women's Hall of Fame for her leadership in the global women's movement.

Harville and Helen have been married for more than 30 years. They have six children, six grandchildren, and reside in Dallas, Texas.

Harville and Helen invite you to strengthen the communication in your life and join them to heal relationships, heal the family, and heal the world.

Images from the 2017 Midwest Regional Imago Conference in Chicago.

2018 Imago Conference produced by Imago Relationships International and the Mid Atlantic Imago Therapists in cooperation.

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