Counseling 23: Infidelity Prevention/Purity in Marriage

Instructor:  Karen Naguib, MSEd, LPC

Course Description:

This course is designed to familiarize students with the concepts of purity in marriage as well as how to prevent infidelity. Students will learn about the impact of technology on marriage relationships and ways to protect marriages from infidelity. Various types of infidelity and warning signs of an affair will be reviewed. Students will gain an understanding of how betrayal occurs and how to rebuild trust. The perspectives of the betrayed spouse and the unfaithful spouse will be discussed in the course. Typical responses to the betrayal and the healing process will be covered. Positive communication tools will be identified so that students may assist couples who may be struggling with infidelity.

Course Objective:

  • Explore purity in marriage
  • Learn ways to combat lust
  • Understand the concept of boundaries in marriage
  • Investigate the impact of technology on relationships
  • Explore ways to protect marriage from infidelity
  • Identify possible warning signs of betrayal
  • Understand typical responses to betrayal from the perspective of both spouses
  • Explore how to establish safety and rebuild trust
  • Understand the recovery process
  • Explore positive communication strategies
  • Understand ways to help the couple

Expectations for On-Site Lectures:

Please attend all on-site lectures. I encourage you to take notes and participate during sessions. This will help you learn the material and make the class more interesting and interactive.


Required Text:

Not “Just Friends” Rebuilding Trust and Recovering Your Sanity After Infidelity, by Shirley P. Glass, PhD  (2003)
ISBN-10: 0743225503
ISBN-13: 978-0743225502


There will be four short reaction/reflection papers, as well as a culminating paper, each worth 20 points. Each paper must be 2-3 pages long, double-spaced. Please use the APA format. Each reaction/reflection paper will be based on readings from the required textbook. Reflections should be your thoughts about the readings.

The culminating paper will also be 2-3 pages long, double-spaced about a topic of your choice from this semester and how you plan to apply it to your service. There will be no webinars during this course.

APA Style Information Website:


Assignment:                                                                                                     Due Date

Read p. 259-end of Chapter 10. Write Reflection paper 1                            Feb 10

Read Chapter 11. Write Reflection paper 2                                                   Feb 24

Read Chapter 13. Write Reflection paper 3                                                   Mar 16

Read Chapter 14. Write Reflection paper 4                                                   Mar 30

Write Culminating paper based on material from entire semester             April 10


Due Date Policy:

All assignments should be turned in on the dates listed. I will allow a grace period of one week past the due date. However, if assignments are not turned in by this time, grade deductions may be taken. Please make note of the due dates and keep up with the readings and assignments. If there are special circumstances, a short extension may be granted on an individual basis. Please contact me by email or cell phone to discuss further.


Grading Policy:

A = 90-100

B = 80-89

C = 70-79