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206 | Helping Clients Access Their Sexual Superpowers: Encouraging Rich Sexual Intimacy

Sexuality, Sexual Interventions, and Sexual Health, Thursday 9/14 2:15 – 3:30 PM, Workshop Tracks


Michael Sytsma, Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers

Approved For CME/CEU




Many clients lack confidence in negotiating a rich sexual relationship and hold to false myths that keep them repressed. Recent research not only points to current sexual norms in married couples but also to internal stances that help enrich marital sexuality. Participants will explore data from the largest nationally representative dyadic study of marital sexuality, providing current national norms to counter common myths. This data also lays a foundation for exploring three internal stances significantly correlated with an enriched marriage and sexual intimacy. These internal stances and techniques will be explored to assist licensed mental health professionals in helping clients make them a part of their lives and relationships.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify at least three national norms that counter common myths about sex in marriage
2. Recognize three internal stances or traits that enrich marital sexuality
3. Utilize narrative and behavioral counseling techniques to guide individuals in developing these internal stances/traits in their sexual relationships
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