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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.

Course Description

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.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the concepts of sexual desire, relational intimacy and sexual frequency
  • Identify at least one validated clinical measure to assess for sexual frequency
  • Describe and assess for key relational and psychological dimensions of female sexual problems in their therapeutic treatment plan
  • Predict the mediating role that FSD plays in sexual frequency and relational intimacy in a clinical setting
  • Describe the implications of attachment theory and responsive sexual desire theory for female sexual intimacy
  • Critique the biopsychosocial view of female sexuality

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.

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Date: January 17, 2020

Time: 9:00am ET / 8:00am CT

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