Special Topics in Sex & Couples Therapy

$275.00$675.00

3-day training on intimacy, eroticism, porn-related struggles, gay-led families, and modern integrative techniques for therapists. Earn up to 28 CEs.

Description

May 19-21, 2022

Held via live simultaneous webcast; no asynchronous registration allowed.
10 am – 6 pm Eastern/7 am – 3 pm Pacific

– Discounts for Early Registration end on April 15th

Thu – May 19

  • Addressing Gaslighting in Sex and Relationship Therapy – Joanne Bagshaw, Ph.D.**
  • Couples and Sex Therapy Skills, Including Sensate Focus – Gail Guttman, LCSW

Fri – May 20

  • Intimacy, Eroticism, and Compulsive Sexual Behavior – Barry McCarthy, Ph.D.
  • An Integrated Approach To Understanding And Treating Porn-Related Issues – Diane Gleim, LMFT, CST, CST-S

Sat – May 21

  • Gayby Boom: What you need to know about gay men, fertility, and family building in the new age – Elliott Kronenfeld, Ph.D., LICSW, MSW, MS, CST, CST-S
  • Intro to Taking a Sex History and Sexual Assessment – Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.
**Not available as a resale course. This item will be live only, do not miss your opportunity to attend this special training. 
Courses are often available at a later date as an eLearn. eCourses and presenters may be adjusted periodically. Please check this page or contact our Administration for the most up-to-date schedule. You must attend the entire course live to receive CE credit, no asynchronous registrations are allowed.

You may register for any combination of individual days. Student discounts available, email our Administration.


May 19 (Thu) 10 am – 1 pm Addressing Gaslighting in Sex and Relationship Therapy – Joanne Bagshaw, Ph.D. **

**Not available as a resale course. This item will be live only, do not miss your opportunity to attend this special training. 

Gaslighting can appear in sex and relationship therapy when one partner manipulates another’s sexual reality. For instance, gaslighting can occur during infidelity, relationship conflicts, and reality distorting blame as to whom in the relationship has sexual dysfunction. Although we tend to associate gaslighting with narcissists in the context of an abusive relationship, gaslighting can show up in any relationship where there is a power differential. And because gaslighting is such an insidious part of our culture, sometimes the people doing the gaslighting aren’t even aware of it themselves.

In the context of sex and relationship therapy, gaslighting can appear when one partner manipulates another’s sexual reality. For instance, gaslighting can occur during infidelity, relationship conflicts, and reality distorting blame as to who in the relationship has sexual dysfunction.

May 19 (Thu) 2 pm – 6 pm Couples and Sex Therapy Skills, Including Sensate Focus – Gail Guttman, LCSW

As practitioners learn various theories of couples and sex therapy, they also need to know how to work with couples within a relational paradigm.  After an overview of concepts in sex and couples therapy, participants will learn and practice skills for working with their sex therapy clients. We will learn effective ways of starting a session.  Additionally, we will explore Sensate Focus, as a mainstay skill for any sex therapist and discuss, in detail, the theory and practice of Sensate Focus.  Participants will have an opportunity to experiment with the various steps of Sensate Focus.  The Sexual Tasting Menu will be introduced.

May 20 (Fri) 10 am – 1 pm Intimacy, Eroticism, and Compulsive Sexual Behavior – Barry McCarthy, Ph.D.

This three-hour workshop will explore the traditional model of male sexuality (which emphasizes individual, predictable, autonomous sex performance) and contrasts that with the new model of healthy male sexuality featuring a couple approach the Good Enough Sex (GES) model. We advocate for an integrative couple approach to desire/pleasure/eroticism/satisfaction as opposed to the individual approach which focuses on erotic performance centered on spontaneous erection, intercourse, and ejaculation 100% of the time.

A common problem with the traditional approach is the vulnerability to erotic demands which can result in compulsive (also labeled sex addiction or out of control ) sexual behavior. The combination of secrecy, eroticism, and shame results in a destructive, compulsive behavior pattern. We advocate for an approach to compulsive behavior which is pro-male, pro-sexual, and pro-relational. Involving the partner/spouse in the treatment program is optimal in terms of change and relapse prevention.

May 20 (Fri) 2 pm – 5 pm Integrated Approach To Understanding And Treating Porn-Related Issues – Diane Gleim, LMFT, CST, CST-S

In the 21st century, pornography has become the lightning rod where sexuality, technology, and morality all collide. As a result, it is a confusing subject for most, including the mental health profession. Our profession marginalizes sex: there is and has been a profound erotophobia across the field for generations. Furthermore, it has been difficult for our profession to see the role morality plays in our understanding and treatment of human sexuality issues. Current research shows that therapist training in sexuality is often limited in scope and depth and this directly impacts a clinician’s comfort and competence in working with any sexual issue. Without critical thinking and additional specialized training, therapists can default to sex-negative, pop culture-informed, or traditional gendered stereotypes about all things sex. This of course includes ideas about pornography. The thoughtful therapist is aware of this but may not know what else to think, where to turn for more information, or how else to help their clients when pornography is the stated problem.

In this three-hour intermediate-level course, attendees will first get a primer on porn literacy – a new way to conceptualize and relate to pornography without pathologizing or shaming. Recent research about pornography viewers and a client-centered perspective on pornography will be also presented. Attendees may find their previous assumptions challenged and their biases identified. Then, attendees will learn tools for their sex-positive toolkit to help both individuals and couples when pornography is causing conflict.

May 21 (Sat) 10 am – 1 pm Gayby Boom: What you need to know about gay men, fertility, and family building in the new age – Elliott Kronenfeld, Ph.D., LICSW, MSW, MS, CST, CST-S

Gay men have been on a decades-long transformation of their identity. From pre-liberation social pariah to current day family man, the journey is unique and has created new challenges and opportunities for gay men. This training looks at the social development of gay men in America and how the evolution of openly gay fatherhood has become a social and political stance. Included are the pathways to parenthood and the clinical implications of each. Understanding why families led by gay men are different and the implications for parents and children alike must be a clinical focus when working in such family dynamics.

May 21 (Sat) 2 pm – 5 pm Intro to Taking a Sex History and Sexual Assessment – Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.

This introductory course is designed for beginning sex therapists and counselors. Cultural competency should inform all aspects of a therapist’s work, including and especially a sexual history assessment. Participants will gain an understanding of ways to build a rapport with clients, what questions are essential to ask during a sexual history assessment, and the best way to ask those questions so that clients respond openly and honestly.

About the Trainers:

Diane Gleim is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor practicing in Santa Rosa, California. As the first Certified Sex Therapist in Sonoma County, Diane treats the many diverse issues related to sexual identity, sexual expression, sexual behavior, and sexual relationships.  Her clients include everyone with a sexual concern: individuals and couples ages 18-80+, and the LGBTQ+, kinky, and poly populations.  In addition to her private practice, Diane’s work also includes speaking at mental health and medical organizations on a variety of topics related to sex and therapy; providing consultations to therapists on their challenging sexuality-related cases; being a CAMFT-approved CE provider; writing the blog Underneath the Sheets on Psychology Today’s website; and supervising sex-therapists-in-training as the only AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor in Sonoma County.  She has been quoted in The Press Democrat, Sonoma Magazine, The Buzz by Pure Romance, Quartz, MEL Magazine, CNN.com, and a guest on podcasts. Diane has been voted Sonoma County’s Best Sex Therapist by the readers of the North Bay Bohemian four times.  www.dianegleimMFT.com
Gail Guttman, LCSW, specializes in the integration of couples and sex therapy. Gail has been a Certified Imago Therapist since 1994 and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist since 1984. Gail offers consultation and supervision groups. She has been twice recognized by Washingtonian magazine as a “Top Therapist” in sex and couples therapy. Gail is also an AASECT CE Provider, AASECT Certified Sex Therapy Supervisor and an Imago Clinical Consultant. She is passionate about helping therapists to integrate couples and sex therapy and welcomes different theoretical orientations in order to help each therapist find their own path.

Gail has presented on the subject of couples and sex therapy at the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute, Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Workers, previous Imago therapy conferences, the University of Maryland and other professional organizations. She can be found at www.gpatherapy.com.

 

Dr. Elliott Kronenfeld earned his Doctorate in Human Sexuality from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and holds a Master of Clinical Social Work and a Master of Communication from Simmons University.  As a Certified Sex Therapist/Supervisor, Elliott has a thriving private practice in the Boston area where he specializes in infidelity recovery, infertility, and intimacy skills.  He is the author of the best-selling book, Couples by Intention: Creating and Cultivating Relationships that Matter!, is a TEDx speaker, and highly sought after presenter/lecturer.  He is currently on faculty at the CIIS and Simmons University teaching courses on Human Sexuality.

Barry McCarthy, Ph.D. is a professor of psychology at American University, a diplomate in clinical psychology, a certified sex therapist, and a certified couple therapist. He has published more than 110 professional articles, 29 book chapters, and 14 books. Barry has presented more than 450 professional workshops in the United States and internationally. In 2016 he received the Masters and Johnson award for lifetime contributions to the sexuality field.
Tammy Nelson Ph.D. is a sex and relationship expert, an international speaker, and author of several books including, “Integrative Sex & Couples Therapy,” “Getting the Sex You Want; Shed Your Inhibitions and Reach New Heights of Passion Together,” “The New Monogamy; Redefining Your Relationship After Infidelity,”  and “When You’re the one Who Cheats.” She is a Board Certified Sexologist, an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and a Certified Imago Relationship therapist, a TEDx speaker, and the host of the podcast The Trouble with Sex.

All lectures will be taught by top experts recognized in the field of human sexuality both nationally and worldwide. Other faculty may be announced at a later time.

Included in your tuition: an eWorkbook for the module with additional reading material and resources.


Integrative Sex Therapy Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Integrative Sex Therapy Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
This program meets the educational requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 21 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information please contact info@assect.org or go to www.AASECT.org.  Please contact your local certifying organization for detailed information on courses they accept for CEs.

 

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SAR + Fri/Sat, Special Course, 4-day Series, SAR 2-day, Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Weds/Thurs, Thurs/Fri, Fri/Sat, Weds/Thurs/Fri, Thu/Fri/Sat