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Sponsored by the Center for Relationship Studies

Reclaiming Intimacy: Helping Couples and Couple Therapists Deal with Technology’s Influence on Sex, Tenderness, and Closeness

February 24, 2018 , 8:45AM-5PM

(Check-in/registration and continental breakfast, 8:45-9:15AM)

Todd Essig, PhD


$180 Regular
$120 Current WSP Members
$60 Current WSP Students

Other students please contact the administrative office before registering.


6 Credit hours

At the Washington School of Psychiatry, 5028 Wisconsin Ave, NW, #400, Washington DC 20016.

Technology has touched all facets of intimate life, from the most mysterious recesses of sexual passion all the way to family dinners. An electronic connection device is nearly always at one’s fingertips–even when an intimate is as well! But it is not enough just to know about things like sexting, online pornography, technoference, cybersex, video chats, and all the rest. We will explore the meaning of these intersections and consider how technology impacts intimacy—both passionate and tender—in singles, couples, families, and even in treatment. We will explore what these changes mean and examine how they can be applied in practice.


Todd Essig, PhD, is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute. He is an expert in the field of technology-mediated therapy and relationships. He writes “Managing Mental Wealth” for Forbes, where he covers the intersection of technology, public life and private experience. He maintains a busy clinical practice in New York City where he treats individuals and couples.


  1. Identify the main way technology facilitates intimacy
  2. Identify the main way technology hinders intimacy in partners and families
  3. Assess one risk and one benefit to intimacy associated with cyber sex 
  4. Identify 2 strategies to assist clients in mindful use of technology

Suggested reading

What Happens When You Can Always Get What You Want —Sex-bots and Text Therapy. Todd Essig, Forbes, Aug. 13, 2017


Cancellations and Refunds

Refunds will be made for cancellations received at the School office in writing at least 10 days before the seminar date and are subject to a non-refundable administrative fee of $50.

Who should attend?

The workshop is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, physicians, medical students, and other graduate students.


The Washington School of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Washington School of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The School is approved by the Social Work Board of the State of Maryland as a provider of continuing education for social workers in DC, MD, VA and WV.

The Washington School of Psychiatry has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6388. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Washington School of Psychiatry is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

The School is accredited by MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School designates each session for a maximum of 6_ AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Commercial Support and the Unlabeled use of a commercial product. No member of the planning committee and no member of the faculty for this event have a financial interest or other relationship with any commercial product.