I believe the Discernment Counseling is one of the major contributions to marital therapy in recent decades.
Professor Emeritus of Marriage and Family Therapy at Purdue University
As an experienced therapist, this training has helped me refine my skill in working effectively with couples on the brink of divorce. The audio recordings dive into some of the real nuance into the art of discernment counseling.
As a clinician with a strong Internet presence, I can say that this is the best online training I have ever received...hands down!
One of the things I like about Discernment Counseling is that it offers a directive but flexible protocol that helps keep me on track when faced with the myriad of issues present in a relationship in which one person is uncertain they want to be there. I'm confident a newer couples therapist will find this protocol exceedingly helpful in organizing his or her thoughts and interventions as they begin their work with a couple with this challenging profile.
I believe if you take the training and use it with a mixed agenda couple you will begin to see the difference. Bill answers questions; the videos are well done; an advantage is that you can listen to the online classes more than once. Of utmost importance is to follow their process and outline. It works.
Hooray and thank you, I love doing DC and your modules are not only great training for doing DC but also it has changed how I am doing therapy as well! Thanks for offering this up to all of us who love doing couples work!
M.S. Licensed Psychologist
"I've been highly encouraged by the response to discernment counseling with my clients. I feel very fortunate to have participated in your training. It is definitely challenging to work with this population, however I am continually surprised by the work clients are willing to do during the process. Often, the very clients that I was afraid were going to choose separation/divorce have really done the work and recommitted to the marriage."
Plaudits for William Doherty for highlighting the inherent contradiction between belief in social responsibility on the community level while advocating libertarian “freedom” on the personal level. This has been the general paradox of American society as a whole for at least the last 40 years. Neoliberalism, the social philosophy of late capitalism, encourages as only logical and natural the subjection of all values to “the icy water of egoistic calculation,” in the words of a couple of well-known 19th century critics. Our society now reaps the whirlwind. As helping professionals as well as citizens, we must seriously dedicate ourselves to speaking for renewal of those habits of the heart that privilege mutuality and communal responsibility, not only in therapy, but also in religion, family, politics, ethics and economics. It is almost a forgotten language.
Professor, The School of Social Work Illinoise Sate University
Becoming a discernment counselor has completely changed the way I work with couples when one or both partners are ambivalent about their relationship. The entire online training experience has been such a positive experience for me, as well as the interactions I had with Codi, and your daughter, Elizabeth.
I am looking forward to being more involved in the Discernment Counseling community. Every single interaction I have had with any one of your leadership folks has been a pleasure. I have really enjoyed my affiliation and I look forward to much more of the same.My intention is to work hard to “spread the word” for this valuable service to my surrounding communities. After almost 30 years of practice I have been renewed in my enthusiasm for my work. I thank you for that.
I just want to share how awesome this training and work has been for me and how fun it has been to be able to effectively reach a group of individuals I really struggled with in the past. Although couples go down different paths, it certainly has been an effective process. Also, offering this service is the best marketing strategy! I reach a specific group of people in my area that no one else is reaching. It is the single best marketing decision I have made. I have couples call every day asking for this service. Lastly, it has made me giddy and inspired about working with couples again! I feel like I’m in grad school all over again!
I’m honored to be investing in the work you have pioneered. The approach has already made a positive impact in my work. Thank you for your hard work! And, devotion to couples and therapists.
I have completed the DC training and have had 4 DC cases so far. I just spoke to a new couple and I am so grateful that I was able to offer them DC – exactly what they needed. Prior to this training I would have seen them in half-hearted couples therapy (the wife on the phone told me that’s what it would have been for her) and I imagine it would have failed. Being able to offer them this alternative soothed both of them. I am so thankful to have this as part of my toolkit.
I have been thrilled with the training videos. They have provided me with better skills and tools to use with the mixed agenda couples that I often see. I really want these couples to succeed in their marriage. Many do, they just don’t know how to go about it. I see DC as an amazing way to help them on a better and healthier path.
I just want to say how grateful I am for this training because has saved me from the frustration of trying to do half-hearted counseling, and from dealing with a “no show” or having them just drop out and not know why. This approach gives me more confidence and self-empowerment. Thank you!
I had my first two cases and am so thrilled that – after working 20+ years with these types of couples – providing Discernment Counseling is superior to any intervention I was able to offer previously. Loving the structure and process!
This program is so helpful and I am proud to be learning from such a wonderful team of people. A few months ago I wanted the objective of my practice to be couples coming to me ambivalent about divorcing and I would help them navigate the three paths. I heard about discernment counseling and read more about it. Low and behold it was exactly what I wanted my practice to be and found a perfect training program to feel more confident in handling this process.
I am enjoying the training and is giving me incredible hope and satisfaction after all these years of half-hearted therapy sessions.