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CC23 Keynote 03 - Working with Sex Issues and Polyamory Using the Developmental Model - Martha Kauppi, MS, LMFT

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Couples Conference 2023
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Martha Kauppi, MS MFT
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
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Original Program Date:
May 06, 2023
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What do consent, great sex, strong agreements, and well-functioning polyamory have in common? The Developmental Model of Couple’s Therapy holds important keys to creating all of them. In this keynote, sex therapist Martha Kauppi will discuss why she finds the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy to be an ideal fit for her relational sex therapy practice. Learn how weaving together concepts of attachment, differentiation, and neuroscience empowers clients to create strong, healthy intimate and sexual relationships.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe the three parts of differentiation that are required to give and withdraw consent effectively
  2. Participants will be able describe how attachment relates to differentiation of self
  3. Participants will be able to identify three aspects of agreement-making and agreement-keeping



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Martha Kauppi believes that relationships (with yourself, your family, your partner, your culture, your community) form the context for life and provide some of the richest material for both joy and struggle. Improving any of our relationships improves every aspect of life. She is skilled in relationship, family, and couple counselor, and love working with people who are addressing family relationship challenges, improving couple communication, or exploring improved intimate connection.