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IN-PERSON | STRONG: A Way Forward for Counseling Men & Couples

  • Friday, February 10, 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Cover 3 Anderson Lane, 2700 W. Anderson Lane #202, Austin, TX 78757
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  • This includes all clinicians or students (not coming for the 1st time) who are non-members.
  • This includes all clinicians or students (not coming for the 1st time) who are non-members.
  • This includes all clinicians or students (not coming for the 1st time) who are non-members.
  • Students attending a CEU for the first time are able to attend for free, and lunch is on us!


February 2023

Austin AMFT CEU Luncheon

This registration page is for those interested in attending in person.

If you wish to attend the event online, please register here.

Live In-person Presentation

Cover 3 Anderson Lane

2700 W. Anderson Lane #202, Austin, TX 78757

Friday, February 10th

12 - 1:30 pm


1 CEU | Approved for LMFTs, LPCs, LCSWs, & Psychologists

If you would like to receive CEUs, you must pay the registration fee and complete the evaluation form after the event. Your CEU certificate will then be emailed to you.

February 2023 CEU Evaluation Form


This event will be recorded and accessible through our website afterward. You must be a current Austin AMFT member to access. This recording will not be available to non-members.


STRONG: A Way Forward for Counseling Men & Couples


Kristal DeSantis, MA, LMFT


When it comes to men and therapy, the stereotype is often that men are unwilling participants. STRONG is a new model for couples, and men, that challenges this narrative.

The STRONG Model of Relational Therapy incorporates elements from trauma therapy, attachment theory, and a variety of couples therapy models to bring a holistic and strengths-focused lens. 

STRONG emphasizes focus on the relationship as the "identified patient" and mutual health as the goal. STRONG also gives the clinician a model for treatment planning with couples at any stage of their relationship. STRONG fundamentals are applicable for same-sex, nongenderbinary couples and individuals.


  • Have a formula for what "health" means to help empower couples to continue to protect the wellness of their relationships outside the therapy room

  • Learn about the 4 levels of Safety and how they contribute to cycles of communication and conflict issues in couples 

  • Learn about the common challenges that men face in counseling/dating/relationships

  • Learn how to establish a treatment plan and relational contract for therapy with couples that establishes collaboration and joint ownership of the process


Kristal’s specialties include: EMDR for trauma and PTSD recovery, Gottman Marital Therapy, PREPARE/Enrich Premarital Counseling, Discernment Counseling, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Conflict and Communication skill-building for high conflict couples, Sex Therapy (including desire discrepancy/out of control sexual behaviors/recovery from infidelity), working with US Veterans and First Responders, and working with men who have experienced acute and/or complex trauma. She is the creator of The STRONG Relationship Model: a trauma-informed approach to couples' therapy and the author of STRONG: A Relationship Field Guide for the Modern Man.

This presentation is designed to be useful for all levels of training and experience.

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