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Discernment Counseling Training Video

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William Doherty, PhD
Project Director, Minnesota Couples on the Brink, College of Education and Human Development
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Therapist Training on Discernment Counseling for Couples

Discernment counseling is a powerful process for couples with divorce ambivalence who aren't sure whether to pursue couples counseling or consider divorce. This short term protocol helps “mixed agenda couples” where one is leaning out of the marriage and the other wants to save it. The introductory video on discernment is now available only as part of comprehensive training in discernment counseling, see “Other Discernment Counseling Training Information" below. If you are a therapist who has purchased the introductory video and you have a password you can view the video.

Other Discernment Counseling Training Information

Please visit the Doherty Relationship Institute’s Discernment Counseling web site for information about discernment counseling training. The video on discernment counseling training is the first set of modules in this training.

Directory of Discernment Counselors Outside of Minnesota

To locate a trained Discernment Counselor outside of Minnesota, please visit DRI Alliance for Marriage and Divorce Professionals.


  • Help clients gain clarity and confidence about what steps to take next with the marriage
  • Help clients develop a deeper understanding of what has happened to their marriage and their individual contributions to the challenges they face