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Technology in Couple and Family Relationships

Register for the Online Self-Study
6 CE Credits available for behavioral health clinicians

Technology has shaped the way that we relate to our intimate partners and family members. It creates new ways for couples to communicate with one another, cultivate more intimacy, and resolve conflict. In families, technology provides ways to connect to others at geographical distances and across time zones as well as providing collaborative entertainment. On the other hand, the inability to effectively use technology may result in deleterious effects such as technoference, exposure to age-inappropriate material, bullying, the development of infidelity, emotional violence, and misunderstandings. In this webinar, we will review how couples and families may encounter difficulties related to technology in their relationship and introduce strategies to enhance intimacy and improve relationship satisfaction.

Those attending will learn the Couple and Family Technology framework, a contemporary approach to help couples and families evaluate the unique ways technology affects their personal relationships. Because technology affects everyone’s life, people who should take this course are those who work with couples and families in some capacity. This includes those who work in psychotherapeutic settings, couple and family life educational settings, conflict resolution, mediation, and in information systems. Mental health professionals will learn new assessment questions and processes as it pertains to one’s use of technology, and a couple’s use of technology together. Participants will be able to develop insight into their own use of technology as well.

In short, the webinar will teach attendees to use technology to promote more closeness and intimacy by allowing couples to communicate on a more regular basis, whether they are physically together. It will also teach attendees to help parents more effectively monitor their youth’s Internet usage, connect with other family members, and foster youth with autonomy in a digital world.

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Technology has shaped the way that we relate to our intimate partners and family members. It creates new ways for couples to communicate with one another, cultivate more intimacy, and resolve conflict. In families, technology provides ways to connect to others at geographical distances and across time zones as well as providing collaborative entertainment. On the other hand, the inability to effectively use technology may result in deleterious effects such as technoference, exposure to age-inappropriate material, bullying, the development of infidelity, emotional violence, and misunderstandings. In this webinar, we will review how couples and families may encounter difficulties related to technology in their relationship and introduce strategies to enhance intimacy and improve relationship satisfaction.

Those attending will learn the Couple and Family Technology framework, a contemporary approach to help couples and families evaluate the unique ways technology affects their personal relationships. Because technology affects everyone’s life, people who should take this course are those who work with couples and families in some capacity. This includes those who work in psychotherapeutic settings, couple and family life educational settings, conflict resolution, mediation, and in information systems. Mental health professionals will learn new assessment questions and processes as it pertains to one’s use of technology, and a couple’s use of technology together. Participants will be able to develop insight into their own use of technology as well.

In short, the course will teach attendees to use technology to promote more closeness and intimacy by allowing couples to communicate on a more regular basis, whether they are physically together. It will also teach attendees to help parents more effectively monitor their youth’s Internet usage, connect with other family members, and foster youth with autonomy in a digital world.

This course was recorded 5/12/2023

Upon completion of this training professionals will be able to do the following:

  • List the core elements of the couple and technology framework
  • List benefits of technology in couple relationships
  • List the benefits of technology in family relationships
  • List strategies for improving couple relationships using technology
  • List strategies for improving family relationships using technology

Dr. Katherine Hertlein, PhD

Dr. Hertlein earned her PhD at Virginia Tech and her master's degree from Purdue University Calumet. Across her academic career, she has published over 90 articles, 40 book chapters, and 12 books in the areas of couple therapy, infidelity, sex therapy, behavioral health, and the impact of technology on couple and and family relationships. Her contributions in sex therapy promote a paradigm shift in the treatment of sexual dysfunctions in couple relationships, are considered seminal texts, and used by couple and family therapy programs widely. Her contributions in the area of technology include the development of the core competencies for behavioral health which can be applied to all of the behavioral health disciplines, and the creation of the first comprehensive framework detailing the effect of technology on relationships which has been applied cross-culturally.

You can reach Dr. Hertlein here.

Credit Hours: This course consists of 6 CE credit hours.

Counselors: Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No, 6693.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0048. Approval renewal date: 1/31/2026

Marriage and Family Therapists: Many MFT licensing boards accept our courses or one of the approvals which we have from professional associations.  You can check with your board to determine if this course would be accepted by your licensing board.

Social Workers: Telehealth Certification Institute LLC, #1609, 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 as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Telehealth Certification Institute LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/02/2021 – 05/02/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 6 clinical continuing education credits.

Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0435. Approval renewal date: 2/28/2026

Addiction Professionals: Telehealth Certification Institute is an approved provider of continuing education by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals, provider #193104. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

Psychologists: Telehealth Certification Institute LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Telehealth Certification Institute LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0128. Effective 8/31/2021 – 8/31/2024

Art Therapists: Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists #CAT-0093. 7/21/2021 – 7/31/2024

Other Professionals: This activity qualifies for 360 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations.  Retain your certificate of completion and contact your board or organization for specific filing requirements.

This is a non-interactive, self-study course.

To receive your certificate of completion you must complete the course in its entirety.

Online courses are completed by registering, logging in, navigating to your course using the menu (My Courses – the Course Title), completing all of the modules, completing and passing the post-test, and completing the course evaluation.

Live Webinar courses are completed by registering, logging in to this website, navigating to your course using the menu (My Courses – the Course Title), attending the full course via webinar, submitting your attendance, and completing the post-test and course evaluation online.

Psychologists and other professionals seeking CE credit through our approval with the American Psychological Association are asked, but not required, to complete the course evaluation before obtaining their certificate of completion, however passing a post-test for online self-study courses, and submitting one's attendance for live on-site and live webinars is required.

You can receive your certificate of completion by logging onto this website, navigating to the course using the menu (My Courses – the Course Title), scroll to the bottom of your course, and click on your certificate to either download it or print it.

Directions for completing a course can be found by clicking here.

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

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Cancellation Policy

Refunds are offered within the first 30 days for courses which have not been completed.  There is a 10% service fee for refunds.

Grievance Policy

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This course is intended for clinicians who provide behavioral health services.

Teaching methods for this course include recorded lectures, videos, a post-test, and a course evaluation.

This program was recorded on May 12, 2023

You have six months to access and complete online courses from the time of purchase.

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Katherine Hertlein
PhD

Dr. Hertlein earned her PhD at Virginia Tech and her master's degree from Purdue University Calumet. Across her academic career, she has published over 90 articles, 40 book chapters, and 12 books in the areas of couple therapy, infidelity, sex therapy, behavioral health, and the impact of technology on couple and and family relationships. Her contributions in sex therapy promote a paradigm shift in the treatment of sexual dysfunctions in couple relationships, are considered seminal texts, and used by couple and family therapy programs widely. Her contributions in the area of technology include the development of the core competencies for behavioral health which can be applied to all of the behavioral health disciplines, and the creation of the first comprehensive framework detailing the effect of technology on relationships which has been applied cross-culturally.

You can reach Dr. Hertlein here.