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Working with Couples to Promote Sexual and Emotional Intimacy (4CE)
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Presented by Aline Zoldbrod, Ph.D. $99 for MPA Members, $79 for Life Members, $59 for Student Members, $129 for Non-Members, $79 for Non-Member Students. Using lecture, case studies and group discussion, this presentation will take a deep look at the biological, societal and intrapsychic forces that make staying in connection so difficult. You will come away with some new ideas, new models and new interventions to help.

When: Friday, 11/17/17
9:00am - 1:00pm
Where: MPA Offices
195 Worcester Street
Suite 303
Wellesley, MA  02481
United States
Presenter: Aline Zoldbrod, Ph.D.
Contact: Lynne Casey
781-263-0080 ext 10

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Friday, November 17, 2017 from 9:00am to 1:00pm
MPA Offices in Wellesley, MA (directions here)

$99 for MPA Members - $79 for Life Members - $59 for Student Members
$129 for Non-Members - $79 for Non-Member Students*
(*Online registration is not available for Non-Member Students, please use this form for correct pricing)

Sustaining Members always receive 50% off!

Pre-registration is REQUIRED for this event.

What makes it difficult for couples who originally loved each other so deeply to maintain affectionate, unguarded relationships with one another as the years go by?  Modern couples face profound challenges in maintaining emotional and sexual intimacy.  As professionals, we need empathy, wisdom, energy, specialized knowledge - and sometimes courage - to help couples distressed by their disconnection.  Using lecture, case studies and group discussions, this presentation will take a deep look at the biological, societal and intrapsychic forces that make staying in connection so difficult.  You will come away with some new ideas, new models, and new interventions to help.


Upon completion of this event, participants will:

1. Be able to discuss Dr. Helen Fisher's research on the natural history of lustful, erotic love and desire and explain why it is important that couples understand Fisher's findings in order to have realistic expectations of how they will feel desire in their relationship process.

2.  Be able to explain a simple recipe for emotional intimacy that will help couples immediately assess whether a particular interaction promotes their emotional intimacy or not.

3. Be able to recite what ACES are (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and discuss how the combined partners' ACE scores are likely to predict marital conflict and sexual difficulties.

4.  Be able to describe why early Milestones of Sexual Development (Zoldbrod, 1998) are so critical in couples' ability to anticipate that as sexual interlude will be reliably pleasurable.


Aline Zoldbrod, Ph.D., is an AASECT certified sex therapist (since 1996) and the author of three commercially published books on sexuality and intimacy. Her 1998 book, SexSmart, is an award winning book recommended by top sexual experts. She developed the interpersonal theory of sexual development, The Milestones of Sexual Development, and blogs at



This program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Psychological Association.  MPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  MPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Please note that this event must be attended in its entirety in order to receive credit.  Partial credit will not be granted, no exceptions.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Fee minus $30 administrative charge if cancelled 5 or more business days prior to event.  No refund if cancelled less than 5 business days before event. 

This continuing education event is appropriate for psychologists, psychiatrists, licensed social workers and other licensed mental health professionals, though credit is only available to psychologists.  Please contact MPA if you have any questions.

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