Assessing and Treating Complex Couples with Sexual Problems: The Master Conflict Approach

Assessing and Treating Complex Couples with Sexual Problems: The Master Conflict Approach

$135.00$160.00

Thursday, January 24, 2019

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Council for Relationships – University City

4025 Chestnut Street First Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19104

 

5 APA and AASECT* CE Credits Available 

 

Workshop Description

When a couple presents with a number of complex problems, especially when these include problems of a sexual nature, it can be disconcertingly difficult to determine the best way to begin treatment. As therapists, we may find it difficult to determine the connection between a couple’s general, nonsexual dynamic and their associated sexual symptoms, making us unsure about the best way to proceed with treatment. Does the therapist tackle the sexual symptom or the couple’s dynamic first? Is it possible to integrate the work on these two kinds of issues? Can the therapist work on one issue without neglecting the other and risk alienating the couple? The more complicated the couple the larger these questions–and others–loom.

This 5-hour didactic and interactive workshop will offer an approach specifically designed to quickly and accurately assess and treat complex couples who present with a wide variety of sexual symptoms. The symptoms addressed include male and female sexual disorders, such as PE and vaginismus. We will also discuss broader issues such as open relationships, sexual abuse, and paraphilias. The approach referred to as Master Conflict Therapy (MCT), is based on the presenters’ newly published book, Master Conflict Therapy: A New Model for Practicing Couples and Sex Therapy (Routledge, 2018).

Learning Objectives

  1. Define MCT and identify its many key factors.
  2. Identify the 19 master conflicts which underlie a couple’s symptoms, including sexual symptoms.
  3. Articulate a new way of conceptualizing attraction and partner choice.
  4. Assess quickly and accurately the clinical connection between a couples’ sexual and non-sexual problems.
  5. Intervene at the most effective treatment level.
  6. Use an effective way to bypass a couple’s defensive structure.
  7. Integrate couple’s and sex therapy seamlessly.

About the Presenter

Stephen J. Betchen, DSW, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a certified sex therapist. He serves as a clinical adjunct professor in the Department of Couple and Family Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University and as a senior supervisor in the Post Graduate Sex Therapy Program at Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is an AAMFT-approved supervisor as well as an AASECT certified supervisor. Dr. Betchen completed his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania with a specialization in marriage and family therapy and trained at Penn’s Marriage Council of Philadelphia. He subsequently completed post-doctoral fellowships in sex therapy under Dr. Helen Singer Kaplan at The New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center and in clinical psychoanalysis at the Institute of the Philadelphia Association for Psychoanalysis.

Dr. Betchen has lectured widely and is the author of numerous scholarly articles, chapters, and over 500 newspaper columns on relationships. For many years he served as a major contributor to Ladies’ Home Journal’s flagship column: “Can This Marriage Be Saved?” He has published four books to date including (with Heather Davidson) the newly released Master Conflict Therapy: A New Model for Practicing Couples and Sex Therapy (Routledge, 2018). He writes a monthly blog on relationships for PsychologyToday.com, which is regularly re-published in Africa’s Kenya Today and translated and re-published in the Ukraine’s popular magazine and associated web site, Novoye Vremya.

Workshop Details

Thursday, January 24, 2019

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

 

Council for Relationships – University City

4025 Chestnut Street First Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19104

 

5 APA and AASECT* CE Credits Available

Council for Relationships is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Council for Relationships maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

* This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 5 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information about certification, please contact info@aasect.org.

If you wish to receive AASECT credit for this workshop, please be sure to choose the ticket that covers the price of the certificate ($25). 

Council for Relationships staff and current students: visit your password-protected page for information regarding staff and student rates. Please contact Tiffani Smoot, Academic Administrator for alumni rate and questions.

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Event Details

Start date: January 24, 2019

End date: January 24, 2019

Start time: 09:00 a.m.

End time: 03:00 p.m.

Venue: Council for Relationships University City, 4025 Chestnut Street First Floor, Philadelphia, PA, 19104

Phone: (215)382-6680x3236