Helping Clients Actualize Sexual Potential
Across the Lifespan Utilizing Body-Based Affective Therapies
Taught by: Nan Wise Ph.D., MSW, MA, LCSW, CST
Designed for: Therapists, counselors, mental health practitioners
Course includes: A 4-part recorded webinar
6 AASECT CEs available in these Core Knowledge Areas (CKAs):
Sex Education: B, G, H, I, M, N, P, Q
Sex Therapy: A, B, D, E
ISTI CSCT knowledge categories: 1a, 1c
Cognitive neuroscientist/sex therapist Nan Wise will highlight the importance of sexual potential as a key component of overall wellbeing throughout the lifespan. She will expand the notion of sexual potential to a model of erotic enlivenment that does not restrict sexuality to always include genital functioning or orgasmic activities. This model extends the concept of sexual wellbeing as a form of emotional wellbeing, stemming from a healthy balance of the brain/mind/body’s core wired-in emotional systems. An approach to the treatment of sexual and affective disorders that focuses on working with the embodied manifestations of imbalances in the brain’s core-wired-in emotional systems will be detailed. The training will focus on specific client cases, and how affective balance treatments can be used to effectively work with core emotional imbalances.
In this course:
• Participants will be able to describe the good sex tool-touch plus imagery and how that can help clients get their mojo back
• Participants will be able to describe and define the affective balance therapy approach
• Participants will be able to describe Dr. Nan’s modified Gestalt hot seat and how it could be used in practice
• Participants will be able to identify the 7 core emotional systems and their functions
• Participants will be able to describe, compare, and contrast the three levels of brain/ mind: (1) primary process subcortical emotions (which are deeply subcortical) (2) Secondary process learning processes (which are largely upper limbic) and (3) tertiary process cognitions (which are largely neocortical)
• Participants will be able to explain how using breath tools can elicit Parasympathetic autonomic tone
• Participants will be able to identify two tools that they can implement in their own clinical practice to help clients rebalance their emotional systems.
• Participants will be able to identify how an overactive or underactive SEEKING system can impact sexual and emotional functioning
• Participants will be able to identify two tools that they can implement in their own clinical practice to help clients rebalance their SEEKING systems
• Participants will be able to identify how an overactive or underactive FEAR or RAGE system can impact sexual and emotional functioning
• Participants will be able to identify two tools that they can implement in their own clinical practice to help clients rebalance their DEFENSIVE systems
• Participants will be able to identity how an overactive or underactive CARE, GRIEF or PLAY systems can impact sexual and emotional functioning
• Participants will be able to identify two tools that they can use to upregulate AFFILATIVE systems
Dr. Nan Wise is a licensed psychotherapist, cognitive neuroscientist, certified sex therapist, board-certified clinical hypnotherapist, and certified relationship specialist with three decades of experience. Driven by an intense desire to understand how the brain operates to create moods and behaviors, she returned to academia in 2009 to pursue a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience at Rutgers-Newark where completed her dissertation project, “Genital stimulation, imagery, and orgasm in women: an fMRI analysis” in August of 2014. Her research has attempted to address gaps in the scientific literature regarding the neural basis of human sexuality, and has as a result, garnered international attention. Dr. Wise has recently published two scientific papers, Activation of sensory cortex by imagined genital stimulation an fMRI analysis (2016) ” and “Brain Activity Unique to Orgasm in Women: An fMRI Analysis(2017) and is the coauthor of Peripheral and Central Neural Bases of Orgasm in The Textbook of Female Sexual Functioning (2018). She is the author of Why Good Sex Matters: Understand the Neuroscience of Pleasure for a Smarter, Happier, and More Purpose-Filled life. Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, (Jan. 2020).
Dr. Nan has contributed her expert opinion to outlets such as National Geographic, The Atlantic, Time, Glamour, Women’s Health Magazine, The Washington Post, HuffPost, Romper, Bustle, and has a weekly column in Glamour, Ask Dr. Nan, in which she addresses sexual health questions from readers. She lives in West Orange, NJ
**This program meets the educational requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 6 CE credits – asynchronous. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.AASECT.org. Please contact your local certifying organization for detailed information on courses they accept for CEs.