Full Course Description
Module 1 - Sex Made Simple: Clinical Strategies for Sexual Issues in Therapy
Confidently Broach All Things Sex with Your Clients
- Confront sex myths
- Desire, pleasure, eroticism and satisfaction
- Address issues of healthy and variant sexual desire
- Embrace the positive functions of sexuality in individual and couple therapy
Assess Sexual Issues with Individuals and Couples
- Conduct a sexual history with your client (with confidence and effectiveness!)
- Implement a comprehensive four session assessment model
- Develop a treatment plan and identify goals through a sexual strengths, vulnerabilities and problem assessment
Sexual Challenges for Individual and Couple Therapy
- Assist clients to take personal responsibility for sex: Initiation, rejection and shame
- Issues of desire, sexual frequency and sexual power struggles
- Confront sexual avoidance
- Shame and vulnerability
Deal with Sexual Secrets
- Sexual and emotional recovery from affairs
- Pornography, prostitution, cross dressing, cybersex and other shame variant and deviant arousal issues
- The problem and place for fetish-based desire
- Issues of sexual orientation
Address Complex Emotional and Sexual Issues
- Sexual issues with gay couples
- Sexual dissatisfaction in relationships
- Second marriages
- Anxiety, depression, PTSD and other mental health issues that impact sexuality
- Move toward healthy sex with clients who have a history of sexual trauma
Help Clients Maintain Satisfying, Secure, Sexual Lives
- Psychosexual skill exercises to enhance comfort, attraction and trust
- Sex past 60: Address issues of sexuality as we age
- Sexual strategies with medical and medication issues
- Cope with Infertility
- Make the right referral: Urologist, gynecologist or therapist
- Compare and contrast healthy and variant sexual desire.
- Conduct a sexual history with your client.
- Using a sexual strengths, vulnerabilities and problems assessment tool, develop a treatment plan.
- Discuss anxiety, depression, PTSD and other mental health factors impacting sexuality.
- Identify strategies to aid with sexual and emotional recovery from affairs.
- Prescribe psychosexual skill exercises to promote desire, pleasure, eroticism and satisfaction.
Module 2 - Sexual Comfort Zone: Expanding Your Client's Values & Beliefs with Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.
- Recognize your own sex-related stereotypes, resistance, guilt, and shame as foundation for creating a safe, comfortable non-judgmental environment for clients
- Research about alternative sexual practices, open monogamy, fetishes, BDSM, paraphilias, cross-dressing, and a range of other behaviors
- Characterize responses, triggers, and any vicarious trauma that may be triggered by issues around pornography, sexual exploitation, and other erotic practices
- Maximize your ability to communicate about sexual issues in the consulting room
- Explain how to help therapists face their own preconceived notions and countertransference issues around eroticism and intimacy.
- Sexual Issues in Therapy
- Countertransference issues
Working with Couples When Pornography is an Issue
- Explore how body image issues can drive a couple’s conflict about porn
- Assess common assumptions of therapists about porn and its use
- Specify how to support both partners when a couple is in conflict about porn use
- Instruct how to help couples discuss the deficits in their relationship that they’re avoiding via conflict about porn
- Porn Use & the Conflict between Partners
- Pornography Stereotyping
- Pornography Literacy
- Porn Use Shaping Sexual Decision-Making
- Deficits in Sexual Relationship
Sexual Intelligence: 10 Things Every Therapist Needs to Know About Sex
Interpreting Sexual Behaviors
- How to have conversations about sex with people you don’t have any personal experience with
- Unhealthy arrangements and/or experiences
- When sexuality can be an underlying issue to another non-sexual problem
Influencing and Treating Clients’ Sexual Decision-Making
- Understanding self-defeating narratives about sexuality without undermining treatment
How to treat clients without stripping sex of its’s richness, darkness, and adulthood
- Analyze one’s own assumptions about sexuality that unintentionally influence treatment
- Articulate how to evaluate patients’ narratives about sexuality, and their influence on sexual experience and behavior
- Develop a minimum level of knowledge about “alternative” sexual expression
- Consider the impact of “normality anxiety” on patients, and to learn how to discuss this with patients
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Clients
Talk About Sex!
- Don’t miss out on key info by ignoring the sex talk
- Top or bottom? And other important questions to ask: flexible, changing sexual preferences and attractions
- Varieties of sexuality
- Protect the client from your own biases and assumptions
Working with LGB Couples
- Dynamics of a same gendered couple including vulnerabilities and strengths
- Coming out discrepancy causing turbulence for couples
- Recognize and identify how internalized homophobia creates conflicts
- Open relationships in gay male couples
- Sexual issues and strategies on compatibility, incompatibility, frequency and satisfaction
Working with Mixed Orientation Couples and Relationships
- Specific stages of coming out as a mixed orientation couple
- Specialized treatment programs for the straight spouses
- Helping LGBTQ spouse integrate their identity into their mixed orientation relationships
- Learn how to identify which couples will succeed and which won’t
- Establish different ways to talk about sex with your LGBTQ clients.
- Explore the different aspects when working with each type of couple in the LGB community
- Plan a way for an LGBTQ spouse to integrate their identity into their mixed orientation relationship.