CISP Summer Conference Webinar 2020

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Falling Out of Romantic Love: Pre-Recorded Virtual Training
Crystal Hemesath, PhD, LMFT, LMHC,  shares her insights and methods to treat couples that experience the loss of romantic love in their relationship and common difficult dynamics that ensue bringing couples to therapy. The phenomenon of falling out of romantic love (FORL) has been understudied and is not well understood among scholars or relationship professionals. This seminar will review current, evidence-based information on why and how FORL occurs, and what to do about it. Clinical assessment, conceptualization and treatment strategies will be presented.
This training is worth 3 CEU's and meets requirements set forth by the Iowa Boards of Behavioral Science and Social Work.
COST: $60



Crystal Hemesath, Ph.D., LMFT, LMHC 

Do you have clients who painfully describe falling out of love with their partner, or their partner has fallen out of love with them, but do not feel adequately prepared to help? Dr. Crystal Hemesath, couple and family therapist with over two decades of experience tackles the critical yet neglected topic of falling out of romantic love (FORL). This evidence-based seminar offers a combination of practicality and innovation. After combing the literature and conducting her own research Dr. Hemesath presents a new conceptual framework on why and how FORL occurs, and what to do about it. This material is a clinical toolbox must have!


A significant number of marriages are unsatisfying, as evidenced by elevated divorce rates in America. Romantic love is considered an essential ingredient in marriage by many relationship experts (see Acevedo & Aron, 2009; Berscheid, 2006; Dion & Dion, 1991), yet FORL is specifically and frequently cited in mental health practices as a reason for marital discontent. In fact, the lack of loving feelings has been listed as the highest-ranked problem presented in couple’s therapy, based on the combination of how frequently the problem is presented, how difficult the problem is to treat, and how damaging the problem is to relationships (see Whisman, Dixon, & Johnson, 1997).


Relationship discontinuation in the context of marriage holds important consequences for individual, child, and family well-being. Despite this, the phenomenon of FORL has been understudied and is not well understood among marriage scholars and practitioners. Clinicians lack preparedness and training to adequately respond to this presenting issue. Thus, conceptualizing and addressing the topic of FORL is essential for relationship and mental health professionals.

This session will cover the importance of romantic love in long-term dating and marital relationships and how and why individuals fall out of romantic love. The presenter will provide context, terminology, and insight as to why more isn't known about the topic. A new conceptual framework will be provided to participants as well as innovative assessment and treatment recommendations for this critical, yet understudied topic.

Learning Objectives

  1. List the main types of love as well as define what is meant by the phrase falling out of romantic love and why it’s important.

  2. Identify how falling out of romantic love is different than other common couple problems.

  3. List the main components of my new conceptual framework of falling out of love.

  4. Define assessment and treatment strategies of clients who present with falling out of romantic love in a clinical setting.


Crystal Wilhite Hemesath, Ph.D., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 20 years of clinical experience. She owns a mental health private practice, 515 Therapy and Consulting, where she is a practicing clinician. Dr. Hemesath recently obtained her doctoral degree, where her focus of research was on falling out of romantic love. She is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Hemesath recently published a book with Routledge Taylor Francis titled Falling Out of Romantic Love: A Roadmap for Individuals, Couples, and Professionals (2020).  Dr. Hemesath resides with her family in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Her book can be ordered at the following address: and


Tel: 515-216-4353

Des Moines, IA 

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