Counseling Couples After Pregnancy: Intimacy and Sexuality

Presented by Stephanie Buehler, PsyD, CST-S on 06-23-2017 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Couples in therapy often point out their relationship changes after the birth of their children, but many therapists neglect to explore this critical period of a couple’s life together. Although many couples resume their sex life within six months after the birth of a child, some may feel dissatisfied and researchers have only recently begun to address this common issue.

In this two-hour continuing education web conference, Dr. Stephanie Buehler will describe how women often experience changes in their sexuality after pregnancy which may negatively impact their relationships. Women may also complain of feeling neglected by their partner after pregnancy or that their partner is not sharing an equitable amount of the new parenting responsibilities. Dr. Buehler will detail how men are less likely to be sexually dissatisfied if they are happy with other aspects of their relationship, but the fatigue and financial strain that can occur after the birth of a child may cause their experience of their relationship to falter.  

In addition, Dr. Buehler will explain how postpartum depression (PPD) is not an exclusively maternal experience. Dr. Buehler will describe how PPD has the potential to affect both partners in terms of intimacy, sexuality, and the overall health and wellness of the relationship. Attendees will learn about common problems that couples face after the birth of a child and how they impact this period as well as how it evolves as their children grow.

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Describe at least three sexual difficulties that couples may experience after the birth of a child.
  2. List at least three factors that may create relationship dissatisfaction after the birth of a child.
  3. Identify the effects of postpartum depression on intimacy and sexuality.
  4. Utilize at least three sex therapy techniques for overcoming sexual problems after pregnancy.
  5. Utilize at least three couples therapy techniques for overcoming problems with relationship intimacy after pregnancy.

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How the Web Conference Works

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email from GoodTherapy.org with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable. 

To attend the event, registered attendees will log in to the web conference center using a computer or device (smartphone or tablet with internet access) and calling in to the teleconference line on a phone. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via their computer or device. Attendees who are logged in to the event center will be able to see live streaming video and/or document sharing. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. 

At the conclusion of this event, participants will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate in the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area. To confirm attendance, participants must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the live presentation. Participants will also be prompted to complete an online survey evaluating the event. Participants will need to complete this online survey within six days after the event. Once completed, participants will be able to download a copy of their CE certificate instantly. 

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety. 

GoodTherapy.org is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within Counseling Services. 

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

This organization, GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

Meet the Presenter

Stephanie Buehler, PsyD, CST-S

Stephanie Buehler, PsyD, CST-S

Stephanie Buehler, PsyD, CST-S is a licensed psychologist who has attended UCLA, USC, Pepperdine University, and California School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Buehler is certified as a sex therapist and supervisor by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists and is the Director of The Buehler Institute which offers online and in-person continuing education opportunities for psychotherapists and nurses seeking specialized training in sex therapy and counseling.

Dr. Buehler has practices in WOMANOLGY® + RESTOREHIM® at Hoag Hospitals in two locations in Orange County, California. She specializes in working with women and couples that experience a myriad of sex and relationship issues, including painful intercourse and pelvic floor diagnoses.  

In addition to speaking at major conferences across the country and around the world, Dr. Buehler is the author of What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know about Sex, 2nd Edition and an upcoming book entitled, Counseling Couples Before, During, and After Pregnancy: Intimacy and Sexuality.

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Continuing Education Provider Approvals

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    GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.
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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.