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Intimacy Counseling With Couples

  • Friday, February 24, 2023
  • 4:00 PM - 7:45 PM
  • Michael's at Shoreline, 2960 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA


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Presented by Dr. Marty Klein

Includes 3 CE credits

This event will be IN PERSON and online. For in person, we will be offering hors d'oeuvres and drinks before the event, beginning at 4pm. The event will begin at 4:30 with a break, when we will offer more food and drinks. A recording of this presentation will be available for 3 months to those who register.

There’s SO much going on in couples sessions: power dynamics, contrasting narratives, cultural assumptions, old wounds, the lack of agreements about household routines—not to mention our own counter-transference.

In this program we’ll examine the architecture of couples, and of couples therapy. What are the building blocks that every successful couple needs—and how do we help people develop them? What are some reliable techniques we can use with couples who won’t cooperate, or when we get stuck? And how can an existential perspective help redirect couples who expect us to do their work for them?

  • Setting & managing patients’ expectations of therapy

  • Enhancing couples’ conflict management

  • Making and keeping agreements
  • Power dynamics and narratives of powerlessness
  • The importance of existential issues
  • What is NOT a sexual problem?
  • Diversity and cultural concerns

Learning Objectives

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Assess a couple’s power dynamics, and describe the results to the couple
  • Name 3 issues that couples commonly present as sexual issues, which are more effectively treated as something else
  • Teach couples the importance of making and keeping agreements, with illustrations of effective and ineffective agreements

About the Presenter

Dr. Marty Klein has been an MFT and Certified Sex Therapist working with men, women, and couples for 39 years. Marty is the award-winning author of seven books on sexuality and relationships, including the ground-breaking Sexual Intelligence. Psychology Today simply says “To improve your sex life, buy this book.” Dan Savage says Marty's current book on pornography “makes me feel sane.”

Marty appears frequently in the popular media, such as The New York Times and The New Yorker, National Public Radio and The Daily Show. He recently gave two Congressional briefings on evidence-based sex education. Marty’s Sexual Intelligence blog and e-newsletter are frequently cited as sources of innovative thinking about sexuality, culture, politics, and the media.

Each year Marty trains thousands of professionals across the US, Europe, and Asia. He has been an invited master presenter at nine state CAMFT conferences. Audiences consistently call his talks thought-provoking, practical, and entertaining.

TARGET AUDIENCE: LCSW, LMFT, LPCC, Licensed or pre-licensed therapists nationwide.

If you miss any of the presentation, you will not be eligible for the CEUs. SCV-CAMFT is a CAMFT-approved Continuing Education Provider (CEPA 052466). This course meets the qualifications of 3 continuing education credit for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs.

The views expressed in presentations made at SCV-CAMFT meetings or events are those of the speaker and not, necessarily, of SCV-CAMFT. Presentations at SCV-CAMFT events do not constitute an endorsement of the vendor or speaker's views, products or services.

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