Marital Intimacy & Sexual Frequency
Live Course • January 17, 2020 • 9:00am ET / 8:00am CT
This Intermediate-Level course investigates the most commonly proposed factors in setting the stage for desire and frequency: relational intimacy and the role it plays how often couples engage in sexual intimacy.
In clinical practice, it is often conflict surrounding sexual desire and frequency that prompts couples to seek therapy. Desired frequency of sexual desire seems to be a major factor in relationship satisfaction.
We will review current research in this topic and apply it to clinical settings.
We will discuss how relational intimacy moderates relationships with or without Female Sexual Dysfunction present.
We will identify validated measures clinicians can use to assess for desire, frequency, relational intimacy and FSD.
All this will take place within the framework of clinical application to help course participants enhance their clinical skills and efficacy of treatment. Case examples and anecdotal evidence will be presented. In addition to all this, we will have fun with some interactive surveys, reflection questions and discussion of clinical observations.
Why Did We Create This Course?
This course is approved by the APA, NBCC and AASECT to provide 6 live CE credits.
The recorded version of this course is approved to provide 6 home-study (asynchronous) CE credits by APA and AASECT.
AASECT Core Knowledge Areas:
Area C: Socio-cultural, familial factors (e.g., ethnicity, culture, religion, spirituality, socioeconomic status, family values) in relation to sexual values and behaviors.
Area E: Intimacy skills (e.g., social, emotional, sexual), intimate relationships, interpersonal relationships and family dynamics.
Area H: Health and Medical Factors that may influence sexuality
Area I: Range of sexual functioning and behavior, from optimal to problematic including, but not limited to, common issues such as: desire discrepancy, lack of desire, difficulty achieving or maintaining arousal, sexual pain, penetration problems and difficulty with orgasm.
Marti Witherow, LPC, LMFT, CST
Marti Witherow, LPC, LMFT, CST, is a researcher and private practice clinician with over 25,000 hours of clinical experience treating individuals and couples with intimacy issues. Her research has been published in prestigious peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy and the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Her passion is to connect up-to-date research with empirically validated clinical practice, which she considers vital for best treatment outcomes. Standing on the foundations of her integrative family therapy roots, she is also trained in Sex Therapy and Internal Family Systems Theory.
Women’s sexual health is especially close to her heart and she is an experienced presenter and lecturer on this subject. She is a co-owner of Watershed Counseling Associates in Jackson, MS and a supervisor for ABCST.
Michael Sytsma, PhD, LPC, CST, CSAS, CPCS
Dr. Michael Sytsma loves to teach. He is a frequent presenter at professional conferences, couples retreats and workshops, and serves as professor in several graduate schools across the U.S.
He holds a PhD from the University of Georgia where his main focus was marital sexuality. In his private practice he has worked almost exclusively with couples. As such, he has worked with thousands of couples treating sexual issues and infidelity.
Date: January 17, 2020
Time: 9:00am ET / 8:00am CT