Marital Intimacy & Sexual Frequency
Live Course • March 20th, 2020 • 9am ET / 8am 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 in how often couples engage in sexual intimacy.
Addressing intimacy in relationship therapy can be intimidating for therapists. Imagine being able to help your clients effectively with an issue that affects millions of Americans.
In clinical practice, it is often conflict surrounding sexual desire and frequency that prompts couples to seek therapy. Desired frequency of sex seems to be a major factor in relationship satisfaction yet few therapists are up-to-date in current trends and treatment.
We will review scientifically sound research in this topic and apply it to clinical settings.
We will discuss how relational intimacy moderates relationships with or without Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD) present.
We will identify validated measures clinicians can use to assess for desire, frequency, relational intimacy and Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD).
All this will take place within the framework for 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?
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 fo 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.
This course is approved by the APA, NBCC and AASECT to provide 6 live (synchronous) CE credits, which count as “in-person” credits in most states. GA MFT approval is for “online credit”
The recorded version is approved for 6 CE home-study (asynchronous) credits by APA and AASECT. It will only be available after the live course has taken place.
- FRI, MARCH 20, 2020, 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST
- FRI, MARCH 20, 2020, 11:15 AM – 01:15 PM EST
- FRI, MARCH, 2020, 02:00 PM – 04:00 PM EST
Important: Following the purchase of this course you must register for the live session using the GoToWebinar link emailed to the email address you had provided when you set up your Bookshelf to Couch account.
Intermediate-level programs build upon participant’s foundational knowledge of the literature and/or experience in the topic presented. Intermediate courses include more depth than introductory courses and also serve as refresher for clinicians who have background in the content area and wish to learn more contemporary science and clinical applications. Note: Anyone is welcome to enroll in any of our courses regardless of the level of programming of the course.
To learn more about how Course Programming levels are determined, visit our FAQ page.
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.
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
Area I: Range of Sexual Function 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.
Bookshelf to Couch courses are sponsored by Sexualis Veritas
Date: March 20th, 2020
Time: 9am ET / 8am CT