Sex Therapy U: Early Fall Session – Sept 2017


Join experts as they explore sexless marriage, integrative sex therapy, sex and disability, sex and aging, and other modern challenges in sex and couples therapy. Special case consultation day included.


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Integrating Sex and Couples Therapy

Early Fall Session on Sept 13-16, 2017

Held at : The Chicago School of Psychology / 1015 15th Street NW, Washington, DC

Day One – Wednesday

Sept 13 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm : Sexless Marriage / Sex and Couples Therapy

Day Two – Thursday

Sept 14 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm : Sex and Disability / Sex and Aging

Day Three – Friday

Sept 15 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm : ​Sexual Dysfunction / Alternative Family Therapy

Day Four – Saturday

Sept 16 – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm : Integrative Sex Therapy Case Consultations  **1hr CE from Case Report

You may register now for any combination of days. 


$350 for 1 day; $475 for 2 days; $569 for 3 days; $675 for all 4 days; – Offer ends August 1st!

Regular Tuition : $395 for 1 day; $550 for 2 days; $659 for 3 days, $769 for all 4 days.

Student discounts available, email

7 CEUs per day / 28 CEUs total

Who should attend: This program is designed for licensed psychotherapists, sex therapists who want more training, or for students who want to learn more about sexuality and relationship counseling.

Sept 13 (Weds) – 

  • Part One – Sexless Marriage – Assessment, Intervention and Methods for Treating Intimacy and Psychosexual Disorders with Dr. Tammy Nelson
    • This presentation will explore where lack of desire originates in sexless and low sex couples and how to treat desire discrepancy using interventions and contemporary treatment models that work. Using case studies of diminished or postponed pleasure, we will focus on couples who suffer from low sex or no sex marriages and who struggle with three areas primarily: pleasure
      resistance, pleasure avoidance and pleasure rejection.
    • We will explore three clinical strategies for these desire discrepancies in relationships, 1) healing arousal dysfunction, 2) renewing and rekindling desire and 2) integration, a trauma model.
    • Within these three strategies we will explore whether good sex is intrinsically about attachment or individuation and separation. Using dialogue, sex therapy and specified couple’s therapy techniques, couples can achieve sexual empathy and long term erotic recovery.
    • Meets Requirements for AASECT Core Knowledge Areas: Sex Ed B, C, E, H, I, M; Sex Therapy A, B, C, D
  • Part Two – Sex and Couples Therapy – Integrative Sex Therapy, Love and Intimacy with Dr. Tammy Nelson
    • This course will present clinical and multi-didactic therapeutic treatment interventions for pathological sexual relationships including dilemmas of desire, monogamy and even divorce.
    • Using real case examples, video and hands-on interventions, the workshop will focus on the dilemmas of relationships that couples face and that therapists of all backgrounds struggle with in treatment. Without proper training and the right tools, both the therapist and the client will feel stuck, hopeless and are at risk of repeating patterns that can lead to destructive behaviors. Based on new neurological research and brain science, we will cover sex therapy interventions and learn couple’s therapy techniques that participants should integrate into their work if they are to do counseling with couples or individuals.
    • This workshop will help participants shift into a new vision for their own work, for the therapeutic relationship, and for a new future for monogamy.
    • Meets Requirements for AASECT Core Knowledge Areas: Sex Ed B,E,I,K,M; Sex Therapy A,B,C,D,E,F

Sept 14 (Thur) – 

    • Part One – Sex and Disability with Dr. Tammy Nelson and special Guest Lecturer: Joseph Jaafari
      • This class will look at what are the injuries most common among soldiers who come back from our most recent battles, what technology advances have been made, where setbacks are with sex therapy among the VA and what current methodologies have been effective in helping bring back the sex lives of wounded veterans.
      • This course includes sex therapy interventions and issues around spinal cord injured persons, traumatic brain injuries, MS, and those injured in battle. We will review the personal attitudes of the practitioner and how they affect treatment as well as the physiological changes and challenges that affect the disabled sexual person and how sex therapy can offer intervention methods.
      • Participants will explore the brains role in emotion, trauma and regulation. We will view video and hear lecture and break into discussion groups to form separate research project ideas to work with sex and disability.
      • The advanced level of this course will be offered in November when we discuss The Use of Sex Therapy and Surrogates for Disability.
      • Meets Requirements for AASECT Core Knowledge Areas: Sex Ed I, N, O; Sex Therapy A, B, C, D, E
    • Part Two – Sex and Aging with Dr. Tammy Nelson and Pamela Finnerty
      • Pamela Finnerty will discuss her new book on Women and Sex and Aging.
      • This course will cover the societal and psychological pressures of aging and sex, particularly for women, in our culture. We will cover the internal emotional trauma around attention, sexual interest, fear, judgment, societal ageism, physical limitations, beliefs, attitudes, fears, relationship issues as well as STIs, self regulation, self stimulation, self sexual care, alternative paradigms and dating.
      • Meets Requirements for AASECT Core Knowledge Areas: Sex Ed B,E,G,H,I,J,K,M; Sex Therapy A,B,C,E

Sept 15 (Fri) – 

    • Part One – Sexual Dysfunction, Advanced Treatment for Couples with Gail Guttman
      • Integrating couples therapy and sex therapy is no easy task. Couples therapy is a deepening process for the couple and individuals. Sex therapy at its core is a cognitive-behavior therapy. Many couples’ therapists are taught little about sex therapy. They often learn that repairing the attachment wound and creating reconnection will solve the sexual problem. Sex therapists often do not have a theoretical foundation in couples’ therapy. In order to work with couples in sex therapy, a strong background in relationship theory and CBT sex therapy are necessary. This course provides you with this necessary knowledge to become a skilled couples’ and sex therapist.
      • Meets Requirements for AASECT Core Knowledge Areas: Sex Ed A, B, C, E, G, I, M, N, O, P; Sex Therapy A, B, C, F
    • Part Two – Alternative Family Therapy with Dr. Tammy Nelson
      • The New Alternative Family includes a changing face of committed relationships. More families today are negotiating their commitments in contemporary creative ways, including open marriage, polyamory, group marriages, and a variety of intentional partnerships. These relationships include dating, attaching, complying with implicit rules, making explicit agreements, and creating endings that are either intentional or create trauma to both adults and children.
      • As therapists, we need to understand these new ways of relating, the group living developments, the open sexuality, the blurred lines of orientation and all of the challenges this brings to a family.
      • Sex and Couples therapists need skills to remain open and aware of their own triggers as well, regardless of their personal or professional experience.
      • Watch for the Advanced Alternative Families November 3rd with documentary filmmaker Joseph Jaafari and a panel of guests.
      • Meets Requirements for AASECT Core Knowledge Areas: Sex Ed A, I, N, O ; Sex Therapy A, B, C, D, E, F

Sept 16 (Sat) – Integrative Sex Therapy: Effective Treatment Models for Ethical Practice, Couples Interventions and Sexuality Counseling

    • Part One –  Case Consultation with Dr. Tammy Nelson
      • (9am-12n) In a changing sexual climate of rigidity, politics, and a move toward more fluidity and openness, our clients deal with a daily dose of bias, guilt, shame, trauma, and resistance, which can make their relationships a challenge. In order to measure successful treatment outcomes, we must establish a new a non-pathological view of therapy that explores all of the challenges couples and individuals face today.
      • Using case examples from the class we will process the Integrative therapy model and answer clinical questions from students attending the class. We will also watch a tape of a couple in the Integrative Sex Therapy process including dilemmas around Sex, Love, Power, Affairs.
      • This session will be a 3-hour case review. Attendees will discuss cases, bring up questions, and talk about Integrative Sex Therapy and the practical issues and interventions for couples. We will discuss Ethical practice for sexuality counseling and areas of interest for sex and couple’s therapists. This is a time for beginning and advanced practitioners to ask questions about any issues regarding sexuality counseling, therapy, treatment models and other educational paradigms. All questions are welcome.
      • All cases will be open for discussion, including races, genders, orientations and dysfunctions.
      • NOTE: This is a 7-hour course. For the final 1-hour CE participants will write up a Case Study and turn it in within one week of finishing the course. Once the Case Study is received and approved, participants will receive the final CE Certificate for Supervision, Case Management, or any of the below AASECT Core Knowledge Areas:
      • Meets Requirements for AASECT Core Knowledge Areas: Sex Ed A, I, N, O; Sex Therapy A, B, C, D, E, F
    • Part Two – Case Consultation; Integrative Treatment Options with Dr. Tammy Nelson
      • (1pm-4pm) This session will be a 3-hour discussion. Attendees will see videos of cases, have their questions answered, and discuss practice issues that reflect areas of interest for sex and couple’s therapists. This is a time for beginning and advanced practitioners to ask questions about any issues regarding supervision, certification, treatment, and education. All questions are welcome.
      • Meets Requirements for AASECT Core Knowledge Areas: Sex Ed A, I, N, O; Sex Therapy A, B, C, D, E, F

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: Workbook for Sexuality and Relationship Counseling by Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. with additional reading material and resources. A suggested reading list will be sent upon registration. Also included, coffee, drinks and light refreshments in the mornings.All classes are approved for CEU’s for AASECT certification and AASECT CEs are accepted and approved by NASW and APA in most states. Please contact your local certifying organization for detailed information. To learn more about AASECT sex therapy certification requirements, go to

*Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information, please contact

** You will receive a refund less $50 deposit for your registration if you cancel within one week of the course. If you cancel with 24 hours notice for any reason, you will receive a refund less $100 deposit. If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice, you forfeit your tuition but may use your payment at any other time, for any other course.

About the Trainers:

i-bXvBL69-MDr Tammy Nelson is a sex and relationship expert, an international speaker, and author of several books including, “Getting the Sex You Want; Shed Your Inhibitions and Reach New Heights of Passion Together”  and her new book “The New Monogamy; Redefining Your Relationship After Infidelity.”  She is a Board Certified Sexologist, an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and a Certified Imago Relationship therapist.  She has been a featured expert in Glamour Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, MSNBC, Healthy Life Magazine, Shape, Men’s Health, Men’s Health UK, Woman’s Day, Women’s Health, Twist Magazine, New York Times, Washington Post and a source in Time Magazine. She writes for the Huffington Post and  YourTango and gives workshops and Intensives for couples and trains therapists around the world on issues relating to sex and relationships.   She can be found at

Smiling woman, blue shirt Gail Guttman




Gail Guttman, LCSW, has worked more than 30 years as a couples and sex therapist. She is a Certified Imago Consultant and AASECT Certified Sex Therapy Supervisor. For the past twenty years, Gail has been conducting Imago therapy and sex therapy consultation groups and educational workshops for professionals. Washingtonian Magazine chose her in 2009 and 2013 as a “Top Therapist” in both specialties of marriage therapy and sex therapy. She can be found at



Joseph Darius Jaafari, a documentary filmmaker and writer, will be a guest lecturer in the Sex and Disability class the morning of September 14th. His award-winning interviews with Veterans on their sex lives has appeared in the Atlantic, VICE and Rolling Stone. He will talk about his experience talking directly with Veterans about their battles related to sexual disabilities and how they were able to overcome sexual obstacles. Below is a link to his article in the Atlantic called “Repairing Wounded Soldiers’ Sex Lives.”

Jaafari is a lecturer in our Alternative Programming coursework. He is a specialist in the field of sex and alternative families. He brings to the classroom contemporary views that extend beyond the purely academic or clinical. Jaafari has interviewed the people, made documentaries about them, and has been privileged to be let into the sub-alt life styles of wounded soldiers, transgendered drag queens, and the gay puppy culture in the underground world of BDSM. Jaafari has a really open style of lecturing, down to earth, transparent and real. His films, his writing and his lectures embody what Integrative Sex Therapy training is all about.

Additional Information

Days to Attend:

Weds/Thurs/Fri, Thu/Fri/Sat, 4-day Series, Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Weds/Thurs, Thurs/Fri, Fri/Sat