Integrating Family Systems & Sex Therapy For Assessment & 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 will cover the most common sexual issues with which couples struggle and how to assess them using a bio-psychosocial lens. She will review 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).  She’ll concentrate on three parts of clinical practice: Assessment, Diagnosis/Hypothesis/Treatment Planning, Clinical Intervention.

Using case material (that has details/names changed to protect confidentiality), 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.

Sari will review the holistic way in which sexual problems are healed including understanding how and when referrals to other helping professionals should be included. She’ll review the importance of viewing each case as a unique experience, tailoring the treatment to the clients’ specific needs and adaptations for change.

Sari Eckler Cooper, LCSW is an Ackerman alumnus and a AASECT-Certified Sex Therapist who has been in private practice for 23 years in New York City. She writes about sexuality on her blog Sex Esteem on her website, as well as on Psychology Today and is a frequent contributor to CBS This Morning on the topic of relationships. Sari writes about divorce, sexuality and parenting on Huffington Post. She has given many talks and has run workshops for professionals and laypeople alike on relationships and sexuality, most recently presenting at the AASECT annual conference on the topic of Non-Monogamous Couples in treatement. You can find her Youtube channel at Sari Cooper-Sex Esteem™, as well as on Facebook and Twitter @asksaricooper.  She is currently working on a book to help couples communicate more effectively about their sexual needs.

Date: Friday, May 20, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $135
Contact Hours (CEU’s) for NYS: 6
CE Credits for NASW: 5

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.

This program has been approved for Continuing Education Credit Hours by the National Association of Social Workers, CT and meets the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal.


If you would like to apply online, click below.


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

Damaly Ferreira
Phone: 212-879-4900 ext. 111