The Sexually Well-informed Clinician: Beyond Masters & Johnson

Sex is a topic that is invariably on your clients’ minds, but to what extent does it enter the clinical conversation? It’s not uncommon for both client and therapist to collude in avoiding sex-related issues due to mutual discomfort, or for a therapist to feel unskilled when addressing sexuality. Many therapists will simply avoid the conversation altogether, or find themselves referring out cases requiring sex therapy. Most of us haven’t been trained in helping couples freely explore their sexual needs, fears, fantasies, and desires. Nor do we know about the latest advances in treating common sexual problems. All this is unfortunate, as the current field of sex therapy has a body of practices that integrate very well with individual psychotherapy and couple therapy. In an effort to bridge this gap, we are excited to offer this workshop with Ian, who will discuss the exponentially expanding science of sexuality, current tools for assessment and treatment of common sexual issues through a biopsychosocial inter-relational lens, dealing with the therapist’s anxiety and counter-transference about sex, and understanding the unique issues in working with LGBTQ couplestified. Participants will learn methods for assessing how race may be related to the issues that bring clients to therapy, and recommendations for clinical interventions will be provided.  


Presented by Ian Kerner, PhD, LMFT

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