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040 | Holy Passion: Sex Therapy Trends and Insights from Over 50 Years of Clinical Practice

Preconference Workshops


Cliff Penner, Ph.D., and Joyce Penner, M.N., R.N.



Approved For CE

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

Approved For CME/CEU

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners




The presenters will integrate their 50 years of clinical expertise with relevant research as the basis for accurate assessment of sexual issues in couples. In this workshop, psychologists, other licensed mental health professionals, medical professionals, and ministry leaders will be able to analyze how the brain is affected by sex, sexual response theories, and medical interventions that can improve a client’s sexual fulfillment in marriage. Men and women often have different thoughts, feelings, and expectations about sex with their spouses and how these can influence the sexual relationship of the couple. Participants will also learn how to apply their sexual therapy protocol to help couples of all ages and stages discover or restore the holy passion God designed for sex in marriage.  

Learning Objectives

Describe the brain research on sex, sexual response theories, and medical interventions that optimize the sexual functioning of couples that can enhance sexual fulfillment in marriage 
Identify attitudes and expectations of men and women toward their own and their spouse’s sexuality, as well as gender-related roles and responsibilities for sex in marriage that either interfere with or promote sexual fulfillment
Apply the sexual therapy tools pioneered by the presenters