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705 | Toward Mutual Safety: Application of the Emotionally Safe Relationship Model™ with Christian Couples

Love and Sex: Men, Women, and Relationships, Saturday 9/16 2:15 – 3:30, Workshop Tracks


Alex A. Avila, M.A.



Approved For CE

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

Approved For CME/CEU




The Emotionally Safe Relationship Model™ reminds clients that they are individuals before becoming a couple. Taking responsibility and ownership while creating safe relational moments provides a solid foundation for genuine hopefulness and lasting, intimate connection. Making emotional safety tangible with practical questions and self-reflections to help individuals and couples assess safety. In this workshop, licensed mental health professionals and ministry leaders will be able to guide clients to provide their partners a safe emotional presence to achieve spiritual and emotional intimacy and be able to lead their Christian clients to engage in a sense of humility and grace as they discover how God’s perfect integrative design for the mind, heart, and body can be honored in themselves and others. Licensed mental health professionals and ministry leaders can guide willing clients to appreciate and accept their partners as they build mutual safety and a shared sense of trust and intimacy.

Learning Objectives

1. Explain to the couples and individual clients they work with the specifics about emotional safety and provide examples of phrases and actions to create mutual safety as a precursor to building
2. Analyze and discuss the breakdown of safety and assist in the building of mutual empathy, understanding, and service, so that a couple can operate with increased sensitivity for both partners at all relationship stages of spiritual/biblical integration
3. Describe emotionally safe relationship principles, including safety checkpoints and multiple forms of intimacy for their clients to incorporate into their relationship interactions
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