Systemic Sex Therapy For Assessment and Interventions in Couples Therapy

Many couples and family therapists feel unprepared and untrained when addressing sexual issues in a couple. In this workshop, Sari Cooper, LCSW will cover the most common sexual issues with which couples struggle and how to assess them using a bio-psychosocial lens.

Using clinical material, Sari will illustrate how sex therapy techniques are used in actual cases. Presenting problems reviewed will include erectile dysfunction, discrepant desire, premature ejaculation, avoidant sexuality, pelvic pain, and out of control sexual behavior.

The focus will be on three parts of clinical practice: Assessment, Diagnosis/Hypothesis/Treatment Planning, and Clinical Intervention.

Participants will learn:

  • The holistic way in which sexual problems are healed including understanding how and when referrals to other helping professionals should be included
  • The importance of viewing each case as a unique experience, tailoring the treatment to the clients’ specific needs and adaptations for change
  • The diagnoses in the recent DSM5 and the clinical reasons why some diagnoses are no longer included, and those that are still being considered for future DSMs (such as compulsive, addictive or out of control sexual behaviors)


Sari Cooper LCSW, 
is Founder and Director of The Center for Love and Sex, a practice providing general therapy and specializing in sexual issues for individuals and couples. Sari is an AASECT Supervisor and Trainer offering workshops and webinars that provide systemic sex therapy training to therapists.  She is a writer, media expert, and blogger of Sex Esteem® a blog devoted to sexuality and relationships. She has been featured and interviewed by the Wall St. Journal, CBS This Morning, Dr. Oz, Bustle, Women’s Health, and Barron’s.

Date: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $140
CE Contact Hours: 5



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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