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Technology in Couple and Family Relationships

Technology in Couple and Family Relationships
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Description and Schedule

This course is a live, interactive webinar held on Friday, May 12, from 10am-5pm Eastern Daylight Time.

Registration closes at midnight (EDT) the day before the event


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.

Schedule: (listed in Eastern Daylight Time)

  • 10:00 am - 10:50 am Lecture
  • 10:50 am - 11:00 am Q&A/Interaction/Discussion
  • 11:00 am - 11:05 am Break
  • 11:05 am - 11:50 am Lecture
  • 11:50 am - 12:00 am Q&A/Interaction/Discussion
  • 12:00 pm - 12:05 pm Break
  • 12:05 pm - 12:50 pm Lecture
  • 12:50 pm - 1:10 pm Q&A/Interaction/Discussion
  • 1:10 pm - 1:50 pm Lunch
  • 1:50 pm - 2:40 pm Lecture
  • 2:40 pm - 2:50 pm Q&A/Interaction/Discussion
  • 2:50 pm - 2:55 pm Break
  • 2:55 pm - 3:40 pm Lecture
  • 3:40 pm - 3:50 pm Q&A/Interaction/Discussion
  • 3:50 pm - 3:55 pm Break
  • 3:55 pm - 4:45 pm Lecture
  • 4:45 pm - 5:00 pm Q&A/Interaction/Discussion

Learning Objectives

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

Learning Objectives:

  • 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CE Hours

6 CE 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. This course qualifies for 6 contact hours.

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

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.

Participants may request a printed version of their certificate of completion to be delivered by mail. A shipping/handling fee of $6.95 will be charged per request. Shipping internationally may require an additional charge.

How to Attend

Register on the website before midnight the day of the event. So that we can provide you these CEs, you are required to:

  1. login and access the direct link to the webinar through your account
  2. your attendance is marked automatically when you use the direct link and attend fully
  3. complete a course evaluation at the conclusion of the event
  4. collect your certificate of completion on your account after steps 1-3 are completed

Recordings are not provided to webinar registrants. No refunds are offered to those who do not attend.

Directions for completing a course and collecting CEs can be found here

Enroll in the webinar by adding it to the cart and proceeding through the check out process. Create an account (or login to yours) during the checkout process.

Prepare: Download Zoom software. Participants must use a device that is connected to adequate internet speed with a camera, microphone and speakers (or headset).

Attend: At least 15 minutes before the designated start time, login to your account on the website. Go to "My Courses", click on the title of the webinar. The link for the webinar will be listed in the course content.

Attendance is recorded automatically when you use the direct link and attend the full event.


By registering for this event you are agreeing to the following:

24 hour notice is required if you are not able to make it to a live event. A 10% processing fee is required for all refunds. Recordings are not provided to webinar registrants.

Test using Zoom.us/test before the event to ensure you are ready for the event.

Since this is a live interactive event, it means that your interaction during the event is expected.

Attendance is recorded when you use the direct link provided on the course page located under My Courses. An evaluation must be completed within one week of the event. Continuing Education credit(s) cannot be issued unless attendance is recorded and the evaluation is submitted.

Partial CE credits are not possible; therefore you are required to be present throughout the event in order to receive CE credits.

Respect all other participants during the event as though you would if you were sitting with the other attendees at a conference table:

  • Dress appropriately
  • Be in a private location void of distractions
  • Do not multitask
  • Remain on mute unless you are sharing with the group

Closed Captions

Closed captioning is offered for all live webinar participants.

Who Should Attend

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

Teaching Methods

This is a live, interactive webinar

Course Policies

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

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This course includes closed captioning.

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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