Living in a Pornified World

True or false: porn desensitizes people to genuine intimacy? Or wait, true or false: porn use is a normal, healthy expression of human sexuality? Porn is a confusing and polarizing topic that can easily trigger therapists’ negative counter-transference. But the fact is that people in the United States visit more porn sites each month than they do Amazon, Netflix, and Twitter combined. Critics of porn will tell us that all this just goes to show we’re living in a “porn-addicted” society, but we’re living in a “porn-phobic” one as well. As therapists, we are on the front lines of helping clients address effects of porn on self-regulation and relationships. In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to assess for when porn is a problem in relationships and when it is not, and avoid therapeutic potholes in the process
  • The impact of porn on relationships – for better and for worse
  • Looking at porn systemically: Porn and Society; Porn and the Family; Porn and the Dyad; Porn and Self
  • How to handle clients’ self-diagnosis of “porn addict” and work with them to explore the context and assumptions surrounding their self-assessment
  • How porn problems may relate to co-morbidity with other mental health diagnoses, affect regulation, attachment schemas and erotic conflicts
  • A CBT-based program for helping clients regulate their relationship to porn when it is problematic

iankernerIan Kerner, PhD, LMFT, is a nationally recognized sex therapist and NY Times best-selling author of numerous books, including She Comes First. He writes regularly about sexuality for CNN and Prevention Magazine, and is also on the faculty at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. Ian currently sits on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).

Date: Friday, March 24, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $135
CEUs for NYS: 6
CEUs for NASW – CT: 5


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The Ackerman Institute for the Family SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0052.

If you are an Ackerman alumni of the Externship or current Ackerman student, please contact the Training Department to register.

Damaly Ferreira
212 879-4900, ext 111
training@ackerman.org