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WEBINAR – Power Dynamics in Intimate and Sexual Relationships

March 23

Marty Klein

Washington, D.C

The APA Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP) offers monthly Clinician’s Corner workshops that feature leading practitioners and scholars working in key areas of professional practice. Participants have the opportunity to interact with the presenter. All workshops include CE credits. You can attend two ways:

When: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 1–4 p.m. ET
CE Credits: 3

Every intimate relationship involves power dynamics. People run into trouble when they use power unconsciously, or to manipulate. We see people use power defensively, creating distance, inducing guilt or confusion — while denying they’re doing so.

This workshop will examine how adults use power — and how we can help clients see and change their dynamics. We’ll discuss how chronic conflict about particular topics, such as parenting, money or sex, is often an unacknowledged struggle over power. Power struggles can also erupt when couples won’t talk about their contrasting value systems or relationship goals. We’ll look at several examples of how power struggles may unravel, including infidelity, pornography and household chores — and effective clinical responses.

  • Examine how to assess the power dynamics in a relationship.
  • Discuss the chronic relationship conflict from a power dynamics perspective.
  • Explain how to teach couples to make and keep clear agreements.



Washington, DC
Power Dynamics in Intimate and Sexual Relationships
American Psychological Association