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Digital Seminar

The Sexual Fallout from Trauma and PTSD: Restoring Healthy Sex for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Suzanne Iasenza, Ph.D.
Approx. 6 Hours
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Jun 18, 2021
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Digital Seminar - Also available: DVD | Live Webinar

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Imagine a client entering therapy saying she has no desire for sex and hasn’t had sex for the past 5 years of married life. Her husband is losing patience. They are beginning to fight and she is concerned that this is going to ruin her marriage. The therapist suggests getting a baby sitter more often, scheduling date nights, improving couple communication - but nothing seems to help.

You feel stuck... your client feels frustrated and hopeless. What to do next?

Perhaps the sexual problem in the present relates to sexual trauma from the past?

How do you start exploring that possibility?

And what are the dos and dont's to help survivors and their partners address the emotional and sexual impact of childhood abuse?

Watch renowned sex therapist Suzanne Iasenza, PhD, and learn how to assess childhood sexual trauma. Learn the signs you should be looking for and specifically what questions to ask — and what to avoid.

Once identified, how should treatment proceed? In this interactive live webinar Dr. Iasenza with share with you the approach she’s honed over many years helping individuals overcome deeply embedded sexual difficulties resulting from traumatic experiences.

You’ll be given a three-step approach that includes:

  • How to conduct a relational sexual history to assess for childhood sexual abuse.
  • Helping the clients (and partner) understand and manage the impact of trauma on their sex life.
  • Provide behavioral interventions that help the couple co-create sexual healing.

In this seminar, you’ll learn clinical techniques that help individuals and couples experience sexual healing. Case material will demonstrate an integration of couple systems and cognitive-behavioral approaches.

Don’t miss this chance to learn from a master sex therapist and help clients live more fulfilling lives.

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


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Suzanne Iasenza, Ph.D., teaches at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, the postgraduate program in couples and family therapy at Adelphi University’s Derner Institute, and at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She’s coeditor of Lesbians and Psychoanalysis and Lesbians, Feminism, and Psychoanalysis: The Second Wave.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Suzanne Iasenza is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Suzanne Iasenza is a member of the American Psychological Association; and the Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists.

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  1. Create a safe therapeutic environment for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
  2. Evaluate the effects of childhood sexual abuse on adult intimacy and sexuality.
  3. Conduct a relational sexual history to identify known and unknown trauma.
  4. Assess for boundary transgressions in childhood experience.
  5. Prepare a treatment plan to address emotional and sexual impact of childhood sexual abuse.
  6. Apply clinical techniques that help individuals and couples experience sexual healing.


Making A Safe Therapy Environment for Your Client
  • Create structure for therapy
  • Transparency, control, and pace of treatment
  • A contract for communication and confidentiality
  • Maintaining boundaries
  • Effective use of homework assignments
Childhood Sexual Abuse & PTSD
  • The right way to obtain a relational sexual history with your client
  • Boundary transgressions (sexual & emotional)
  • Triggers, flashbacks, and recovery needs
  • Sources of shame connected to abuse
  • Create an effective inquiry on childhood abuse
  • Abuse as relates to adult sexuality
Dealing with Sexual Shame
  • Deciphering shame and guilt reactions
  • Overcoming the challenge of childhood self-blame and false beliefs
  • Sexual shame and identity development
  • Impact of shame on sexual desire, arousal, and orgasm
  • Managing shame during adult sexual relating
Create a Collaborative Treatment Plan with Client
  • Goal setting including behavioral guideposts
  • Use of bibliotherapy and videotherapy for psychoeducation
  • Exercises to create safety and connection
  • Work through avoidance and aversion
  • Sexual willingness as the pathway to sexual desire
  • Safe containers for sexual behavioral homework
Support Client Sexual Resilience
  • Utilize an expansive sexual menu
  • Mindful touch exercises to maintain calmness
  • Coping strategies for difficult sexual experiences
  • Enhancing sexual connection practices

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physicians
  • Other Medical Professionals


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