Why Should You Attend the 2020 SASH Annual Conference?

Going Virtual in 2020

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Friday, October 16th, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM: Friday Moderated Table Discussion
An Emotional-Developmental Model of Intimacy
The Emotional-Developmental Model of Intimacy presents an original, coherent conceptual framework that provides insight into why and how partners unwittingly obstruct the intimate connection they need and desire. It exposes fundamental developmental and emotional factors and functions which inform a person's capacity to co-create and experience interpersonal intimacy.

This model has developed as a result of the author's empirical clinical experience in couples' counseling. It offers insight into the nature of the dynamic processes between partners that persistently obstruct the intimate connection that partners need. It addresses, in developmental and emotional terms, why and how all humans dynamically embody the paradox of both seeking interpersonal intimacy and avoiding it. It clarifies how the point of dynamic equilibrium between these opposite motivations maintains itself as a systems phenomenon in couples. Corrective pathways will be explored for both the counselor and their clients to disrupt and reorganize the point of equilibrium, leading to the possibility of more effective, intimate connection. While many couple counseling sessions are consumed by attempts to resolve content-based issues and differences, this author finds that in the majority of cases, the process-based issue is singularly universal: partners are attempting to resolve between each other—by misguided attribution of "cause and effect"—the self-contained paradox of seeking and avoiding intimacy within each partner. Vulnerability and authenticity are two original human states that are necessary for the effective development of self through relationships. This model exposes how developmental experiences and their emotions affect the individual's capacity to invoke those states.
Learning Objective #1: Participants will be able to identify, name, and explain how four categories of 1.) experience and 2.) emotions regulate the polarity between connection and isolation in human relationships.
Learning Objective #2: Participants will be able to describe and replace functionally legitimate intimacy-thwarting processes with intimacy-cultivating interventions.
Learning Objective #3: Participants will be able to apply the visual model to interpersonal processes in relationship counseling as a treatment/intervention roadmap.
Level of audience: Intermediate
Available CE Credits: 1.5
SASH Credential Education Credit Objective #1: General Human Sexuality GHS4a relationship dynamics and intimacy skills *
SASH Credential Education Credit Objective #2: General Human Sexuality GHS4a relationship dynamics and intimacy skills *
SASH Credential Education Credit Objective #3: General Human Sexuality GHS4a relationship dynamics and intimacy skills *
Patrick Hentsch, Empowered Maturity PLLC
Patrick’s passion comes from his conviction that we create our experiences, and that consciously doing so requires unlearning our developmental compensations. What fascinates him is how unconscious learning must be brought into conscious awareness: to unlearn what isn't yet recognized as learned.

Patrick completed his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of North Texas as a response to his calling to the helping profession. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas and a National Certified Counselor, as well as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. He brings his rich personal experience of recovery to his academic training and his clinical expertise, and most importantly, to his passion for sharing the hard-earned lessons of his own journey with those who seek to live a life of Empowered Maturity.

Patrick also holds a Master’s in Architecture from Yale and a Bachelor’s in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford. He grew up in the USA, Japan, and the UK as the son of his Chinese mother and his European father, who served in Switzerland’s diplomatic corps. Patrick has an exceptionally diverse cultural background that has exposed him to an uncommon breadth of social context and human experience. These contribute to his natural ability to connect authentically and compassionately with clients from all walks of life. He is touched by what we have in common as members of the human family, while appreciating and understanding our diversities. Patrick speaks fluent English, French and Chinese.