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007 | Zippers and Wallets: Helping Couples Navigate the Power Issues in Marriage

Preconference Workshops


Michael Sytsma, Ph.D., Shaunti Feldhahn, MPP, and Jeff Feldhahn, J.D.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, and Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




When is the issue, not the issue? When the issue is sex or money. Both hallmark causes of marriage conflict are seen frequently by licensed mental health professionals and ministry leaders, and both are commonly misunderstood as being too specialized (or too awkward) to address. Current and ongoing research has identified common, simple underlying emotional and relational factors that significantly impact couples’ relationships in these two key areas. Participants will observe how this new information, integrated with current helping skills, can equip licensed mental health professionals and ministry leaders to guide couples through game-changing breakthroughs in the relationship. 

Learning Objectives

Identify the primary source of financial conflict among couples, including core value differences, fears, and obstacles to oneness, as evidenced by recent research with married and partnered couples  
Discuss underlying sources of sexual conflict in married couples, including myths and attribution errors supported by current matched-pair couple research
Facilitate current research-informed conversations between members of a couple around these fears and values as a means of resolving the deeper issues rather than arguing about the details of the subject