PUZZLING PIECES: The Complex Relationships Between Early Traumas and Adult Sexuality

Sponsored by Safe Harbor Christian Counseling

Friday, August 8, 2014
8:45 am to 12 pm

Early sexual experiences often contribute to adult sexual problems.

Who Should Attend? - This workshop is intended for Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Social Workers, Pastors, lay people, and interested others.

Where: Heritage Community Church, 8146 Quarterfield Road Severn, MD 21144

$40 for CEU Credits
3 Category I CEU's – for social workers in Maryland
3 Category A CEU's – for professional counselors in Maryland

$10 for clergy, lay persons, students and interested others.

FREE for SHCC Counselors.

This workshop will include lecture, discussion, and case study.

Mental health professionals often work with clients who have experienced sexual trauma early in life and report later problems with adult sexuality. Helpers often assume a direct relationship between the client's early experiences and later problems. While early sexual experiences may significantly impact adult experiences, a number of factors appear to mediate the relationship between early and later experiences. Awareness of these complex relationships is important for mental health professionals serving adult clients with sexual problems.

The workshop will introduce participants to several of the most commonly accepted models to explain problems in adult sexuality, such as the trauma reenactment model. Further, the presenter will offer results from a recent study of more than five hundred adults conducted in collaboration with Safe Harbor that explored sexual trauma in childhood and adolescence; enduring personality features; depression, anxiety, and stress; needs for sexual intimacy; sexual compulsivity; and religious phenomena such as religious coping and strain, religious support, and religious practices.

At the conclusion of the workshop, the successful participant will be able to:

  • Describe three common models to predict problems in adult sexuality.
  • Discuss the complex relationship between early sexual traumas and problematic adult sexuality.
  • Describe the impact of both enduring personality features and religious experiences on the relationships between early and later sexual behaviors.


Elizabeth Maynard, Ph.D.Elizabeth Maynard, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Director Clinical Counseling, The University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas

Dr. Maynard offers supervision and consultation to mental health professionals and those preparing for licensure as well as psychotherapy and assessment to mental health professionals, clergy, and those preparing for ministry. She teaches graduate courses in counseling and psychology, including Human Growth & Development and Appraisal Techniques. Dr. Maynard is the writer of numerous publications, thesis papers and research studies.

Read Dr. Maynard's complete bio

Registration is closed for this event.
Water and Snacks provided. Childcare is NOT provided. Fee is non-refundable.


Call Selena Eldridge, MS, and Christian Life Coach,
Regional Director Safe Harbor Christian Counseling of Annapolis, Inc.,
410-263-0222 ext 403 or toll-free at 1-800-305-2089 ext 403.