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106 | Effectively Identifying and Treating Unconsummated Marriages: Healing for Those Suffering in Silence

Sexuality, Sexual Interventions, and Sexual Health, Thursday 9/14 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Workshop Tracks


Clifford Penner, Ph.D.; Joyce Penner, M.N., R.N.



Approved For CE

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

Approved For CME/CEU




The presenters will bring their almost 48 years of experience to the subject of identifying and treating unconsummated marriages and how they have become a safe resource and effective facilitators for couples who have suffered in silence with unconsummated marriages. Shame, guilt, embarrassment, and lack of adequate information often keep couples from sharing with their families, close friends, and even mental health and medical professionals about their inability to have intercourse until they are desperate to be able to have children. In this workshop, the presenters will describe how to effectively assess, identify, and understand the barriers to consummation. Further, psychologists, licensed mental health providers, and ministry leaders will learn how to assist or find the resources to assist couples in overcoming the issues that interfere with consummation and move to a complete and fulfilling sexual experience within marriage.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify and comprehend the physical, emotional, and preconditioned sexual behaviors that interfere with the consummation of a sexual relationship
2. Assess and provide treatment for those with unconsummated marriages
3. Recognize the limits of the professional or ministry leader’s abilities in this area of sexuality and make appropriate referrals for treatment
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