Michael Sytsma, PhD and Jeff & Shaunti Feldhahn in partnership with the American Association of Christian Counselors

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Go from Conflict to Connection

Sex and money are two of the top argument starters in marriage, but they don’t have to be. Learn the simple changes that can have a big impact.

In partnership with the American Association of Christian Counselors

Professional Training

Love, Sex & Money

Helping couples with the big rocks in marriage

You CAN help couples work through the common problem areas of money and sex. This 12-hour online certification course, provided through the American Association of Christian Counselors and Light University, includes teaching on the “real” issues running under the surface, actionable instruction on how to help (and how not to), treatment plans, and handouts you can share with those you serve.

Become better equipped to help today.

Helping Couples Around Sex & Money

A short course for leaders and church staff

Sex and money are two of the main pain points in marriage—yet you may hesitate to address them because they seem specialized or technical. You think they are not in your wheelhouse. But it turns out: the main issues running under the surface are relational and emotional and those are in your wheelhouse. This 2-hour short course will show you how to care for those you serve in these areas, what you should and should not try to tackle, and give you confidence that you can help couples in the way you have wanted.

About Your Presenters

Michael Sytsma

Professional Counselor, Sex Therapist, Pastor, Professor

Rev. Michael R. Sytsma, PhD, LPC, CST, CPCS earned a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia (COAMFT) where he specialized in marital sex therapy (Dissertation: Sexual Desire Discrepancy in Married Couples). He received his Masters in Community Counseling (CACREP) from Georgia State University and a diploma in Christian Counseling from Richmont Graduate University (then Psychological Studies Institute). His pastoral degree and addictions counseling training is from Indiana Wesleyan University. Early in his career, Dr. Sytsma served as pastoral staff helping to start churches in Michigan and then metro-Atlanta. While pursuing his masters degree he worked with individuals struggling with addictions and psychiatric disorders, eventually directing an integrated inpatient unit. Beginning to work with sex addicts in 1990 started his path toward addressing sexual issues in clients. After discovering a love for providing marital therapy he founded Building Intimate Marriages, Inc. in 1998 and co-founded Sexual Wholeness, Inc. in 2000. Dr. Sytsma is an Ordained Minister in The Wesleyan Church, a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia, a Certified Sex Therapist, and a Certified Professional Counseling Supervisor. Today he works full-time for Building Intimate Marriages, Inc. providing counsel to couples and also serves as professor at several graduate schools and seminaries teaching integrated approaches to sexuality and sex therapy. He and Karen have been married since 1985 and have two grown sons.


Learn more at: IntimateMarriage.org

Jeff & Shaunti Feldhahn

Social Researchers and Best Selling Authors

Shaunti Feldhahn, M.P.P. received her graduate degree from Harvard University and was an analyst on Wall Street before unexpectedly becoming a social researcher, best-selling author and popular speaker. Today, she applies her analytical skills to investigating eye-opening, life-changing truths about relationships: the little things that make a big difference at home and in the workplace. Since 2003, Shaunti and her husband, Jeff, have conducted twelve groundbreaking, nationally-representative applied-research studies with more than 40,000 subjects. This research has been published in best-selling books such as For Women Only and For Men Only, The Kindness Challenge, and most recently, Thriving in Love & Money. These books have sold more than 3 million copies in 25 languages, are regularly featured in Christian and secular media, and are widely read in homes, counseling centers and corporations worldwide. Shaunti and Jeff are popular speakers at events in the U.S. and around the world. They live in Atlanta with their young-adult daughter, son, and two cats who think they are dogs.

Jeff Feldhahn, J.D. is an attorney, technology entrepreneur, social researcher, popular marriage speaker, and best-selling author. In partnership with his wife, Shaunti, Jeff uses his legal and analytical background to investigate patterns that are crucial to life change, transformation and creating great relationships. He has built an important skill set at presenting these truths in a way that the “average Joe” can understand and incorporate. His books (co-authored with Shaunti) include For Men Only and Thriving in Love and Money and are widely used in homes and counseling practices.


Learn more at SurprisingHope.com