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Tammy Nelson

October 5, 2019
Low-Desire & No-Sex Couples:
Rekindling the spark

Margaret Nichols

November 9, 2019
21st Century LGBTQ+:
Not your mother's gay community

Ellyn Bader & Peter Pearson

February 29, 2020
Conflict Avoidant & High Conflict
Couples: Therapists, fear no more!


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Coming in 2019-2020

Low Sex and No Sex Couples; LGBTQ+ in the 21st Century; Conflict Avoidant & High Conflict Couples: Therapist Challenges

For almost 20 years now, the Anatomy of Intimacy series has offered innovative clinical trainings from the masters of the couples and family therapy field. We choose the topics based on your ongoing feedback and tracking of contemporary clinical issues.

We continue to invite the best and brightest of the relationship science world from varied perspectives to offer you in-depth clinical training and interventions you can use with clients on Monday morning.

With that in mind, our lineup for 2019–2020:

Back by popular request, Tammy Nelson, a renowned sexologist, returns to present her innovative approach to reigniting desire in sex-starved relationships. She will teach a specific protocol of how to integrate sex and couples therapy to address low desire or no sex couples in reducing trauma triggers and pleasure avoidance in order to rekindle desire.

Margaret Nichols, an amazing psychologist and engaging speaker, will share what every therapist needs to know about working with LGBTQ+ couples in the 21st century. With the many cultural changes broadening how we think about gender and sexuality, this will be an important update from whatever you learned in graduate school.

Ellyn Bader and Peter Pearson, a powerful duo, are returning to teach incisive ways to create intensity with conflict avoidant couples and how to harness the hostility in high conflict couples. This special workshop offers a rare opportunity to witness the parallel process of following actual cases of both types, from assessment to resolution, with illustrative video examples of the clinical decision-making at each step.

The Foundation for the Contemporary Family is still helping to underwrite the programs to keep tuition low and provide the complimentary popular buffet lunch on the patio!


Judith Z. Anderson, PhD

President, Foundation for the Contemporary Family
Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
University of California, Irvine