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405 | Let’s Talk About Sex: Giving Couples Essential Tools for Renewing Connection and Maximizing Intimacy

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


Shaunti Feldhahn MPP; Jonathan Hoover, Ph.D.



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




One of the most simple but potent tools for helping couples with sexual intimacy is helping them communicate—and know what to communicate about. Recent nationally-representative research demonstrates that sexual intimacy is vital for marriage and communication for building sexual intimacy—yet 73% of couples do not talk about sex well. Most couples also are laboring under the weight of inaccurate perceptions about sexuality. In the absence of good communication and correct knowledge, couples rely on subconscious mental perceptions and biases, such as, “My spouse doesn’t want sex as often as I do, so I must not be desirable enough to him or her.” These attributions are often in error and create even more heartache. This workshop will explore these factors and give licensed mental health professionals and ministry leaders simple but effective tools to help those they serve.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify at least three common, but inaccurate, perceptions that create obstacles to sexual intimacy
2. Analyze solutions to overcome obstacles to sexual intimacy
3. Apply an empirically-tested method to guide individuals to create conditions conducive to good communication about sexual intimacy and marriage
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