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No, No, No, to Go, Go, GO!: Starting Your Journey to Sexual Intimacy
Fri, April 14, 2017, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM MDT
Sexual intimacy in marriage can be a powerful way to bond, facilitate forgiveness, enhance marital friendship, and fortify your love for one another. Nevertheless, it can also be an area of frustration, resentment, and emotional pain. We also know that the transition to sexual intimacy for couples who have decided to remain absinent before marriage can be especially frustrating as you are embarking on one of the more vulnerable experiences of your life. Therefore, this workshop is specifically designed for couples who are dating or engaged to be married and who have not yet been sexually active as a couple. Although all couples, regardless of relationship status, are welcome to attend, most of the principles discussed will be directly applicable to couples who are not yet married.
This relationship workshop is informed by research on sexuality and sexual intimacy. It is also directly based on the Transition to Sexual Intimacy research conducted by Dr. Jeremy Boden and Dr. Nate Cottle and their team of student researchers. We have spent the last several years exploring factors that both hinder and create a smoother transition into sexual intimacy for couples.
This program is designed around four key areas of successful transition from sexual abstinence to sexual activity: Healthy Sexual Scripts, Accurate Sexual Knowledge, Emotional Safety, and Effective Sexual Communication. Participants will learn through an engaging, fun, and experienced presenter as well as helpful workbooks, activities, and couple conversations.
Couples will leave the workshop with:
1. An increased appreciation of the connecting power of sexual intimacy in their marriage.
2. A better understanding of their own and their partner’s sexual beliefs and expectations.
3. Skills to create and enhance emotional intimacy and safety as they move into the sexual area of their life.
4. An Increased knowledge of sexual anatomy and physiology.
5. Skills to discuss the sexual area of their relationship as they move into marriage.
6. An increased knowledge of the transition to marriage.
Please note, there is a great emphasis on privacy, comfort, and confidentiality. Although we encourage questions, comments, and participation, you and your partner will not be expected to participate in group discussions and all conversations and exercise will be done privately with your partner.
This workshop is experiential in nature and you will learn the most through your conversations with one another. Therefore, for the most beneficial experience, it is highly recommended that both partners attend the workshop together.
While the topic and content of this workshop is focused on sexual intimacy, it is approached in a respectful and appropriate manner. In addition, while religious principles will not be discussed directly, it may be helpful to prospective participants to know that Dr. Boden is an active member of the LDS faith and understands the reverent nature of sexual intimacy and its role in marriage. Therefore the content in the workshop is conducive to an LDS audience.