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Discernment Counseling


When: Friday, January 26th
Registration and Networking starts at 9:30 AM, Presentation runs from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where: 1757 Golf Club
45120 Waxpool Road
Dulles, Virginia  20166
United States
Rona Hitlin-Mason, LPC
Durriya Augelli

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Discernment Counseling -  1.5 Credit Hours

Presented by Rona Hitlin-Mason, LPC

About the Event:

Discernment Counseling - Published research shows that 30 percent of individuals who have already filed for divorce express divorce ambivalence and indicate some degree of interest in avoiding the divorce and getting help for their marriage.  The numbers are even higher for people presenting for initial consultations with attorneys.

We know that “mixed agenda” couples, where one partner is leaning out of the marriage and the other is leaning into the marriage, are usually unsuccessful in couple’s therapy since partners have different goals. As therapists, we struggle with how to move them forward in the best interests of the family.  Often these couples drop out of therapy.  They also slow the divorce process, cause it to be more acrimonious and result in higher costs, and negative impacts for the whole family. 


Discernment Counseling is a short-term counseling protocol (1-5 sessions) to help these couples find clarity and confidence as they decide about the next steps in their marriage based on a deeper understanding of what has happened and each person’s contributions to the problems. About half of these couples decide to embark on intense couple’s therapy and most of the other half decide to move toward divorce having come to better understand themselves and their relationship.

 Learn about this protocol, the tool you can use to assess if clients would be appropriate for this counseling, how to refer clients, and how to help them return to you for couples work more committed to the process.


About the Presenter:

Rona is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Post-Master’s Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a Collaborative Divorce Coach and Certified Discernment Counselor. She holds a M.Ed. in Counseling and Development from George Mason University.  She also holds a Master's Degree in Accounting and is certified in Myers-Briggs Type Inventory.


Rona is currently in private practice in Herndon, Virginia. She has worked as a therapist for over 17 years.  With specialized training in marriage and family therapy she helps couples, individuals and families with marital conflict; pre-marriage counseling; discernment counseling; divorce; post divorce relationships, infidelity; economic stress; and family and stepfamily relationships.


As she works to improve marital relationships and helps couples heal from hurts and breaches of trust she also helps people through divorce if that is the choice that is made. She has facilitated divorce support groups, led workshops on the emotional stages of divorce and on how parents can help their children through the divorce process. She is also on the Board of Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia.

You can learn more about Rona through her website

Registration Costs

Early bird pricing ends the Sunday before the Event.  Regular pricing is until the day before the event.

Early Bird
Regular At The Door
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Student/Resident/Retired $ 20
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Non-Members All Categories
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Walk-in registrations will be accepted on the day of the event starting at 9:30 AM.

To cancel, please call or email 24 hours in advance or you will be charged for the event.  If NVLPC cancels an event, you will be refunded the cost of the event.


Networking Notice: 

As part of our networking opportunities, we invite all members to bring their marketing materials to display, and/or to introduce themselves during our 2-minute introductions. Please let us know that you are interested when you RSVP.

 NVLPC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6130.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  NVLPC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.



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