When Intimacy Protects: Chronic Female Sexual Problems

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Live Course • April 3rd, 2020 • 9am ET / 8am CT

This Advanced-Level course is designed to better equip practitioners in assessing and treating a frequent presenting problem in therapy offices: female sexual issues and couple dynamics in committed relationships.

Course Description

Writers and researchers have always been intrigued by the topic of enduring passion. Desire to keep intimacy alive and pleasurable is often a prime focal point of relationship therapy, too.

Such ambitions often get disrupted by unwelcome intruders such as pain, low sexual desire and other stressors. As a clinician, you likely have sat with couples suffering the relational consequences of sexual problems. Interestingly, when a woman feels closer to her partner, she experiences less sexual distress about her impaired sexual functioning, which is an indirect protective outcome of marital intimacy.

We will explore theoretical models of sexual intimacy within long-term relationships and the somewhat divergent predictions they make.

We will posit these models against current research in the field of sexual psychology and marital therapy, e.g. social exchange theory, relationship permanence, medical approaches, attachment theory and behavioral approaches.

Interventions to facilitate the creation of favorable relationship climate for increased sexual function will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the typical presentation of Female Sexual Dysfunction in various treatment settings
  • Describe psychological outcomes of Female Sexual Dysfunction
  • Explain the role marital intimacy plays in moderating negative psychological outcomes of Female Sexual Dysfunction
  • List at least three clinical assessment tools to measure FSD, sexual satisfaction and distress about sexual problems
  • Critique at least one theoretical model to treat female sexual problems
  • Apply at least three interventions in their clinical treatment plan of chronic female sexual problems

Why Did We Create This Course?


This course is approved by the APA, NBCC, AASECT, GA MFT and Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling to provide 4 synchronous live CE credits, which count as “in-person” credits in most states. GA MFT approval is for 4 “online” CE credits.

The recorded version is approved to provide 4 CE home-study (asynchronous) credits by APA and AASECT. It will only be available after the live course has taken place.

Schedule for the course:

  • FRI, APR 3, 2020, 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST
  • FRI, APR 3, 2020, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM EST

Programming Levels

Advanced level programs build upon established knowledge and clinical skills in the content area. This may include novel applications and/ or clinical applications to diverse populations.

Advanced programming tends to be more specialized in nature with opportunities to interact with seasoned practitioners. It allows participants to enhance and deepen their knowledge in the subject area. Advanced courses are also recommended for participants desiring to integrate their knowledge into other professional domains. 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.

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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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Course Information:

Date: April 3, 2020

Time: 9am ET / 8am CT

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