Learning to Listen to Men’s Sexual Narrative in Treatment


Unlike general heterosexual couples’ therapy, in which a woman is more apt to take the initiative by contacting the therapist and bring in her boyfriend or husband into treatment, as a sex therapist I have found it quite common for a man to initiate therapy when there’s a sexual problem. Whether the presenting problem is compulsive porn, erectile dysfunction or lack of sex in a relationship, a heterosexually-identified man frequently takes the lead when it comes to a couple’s sex life.

Why this is, and the narratives or threads that emerge in sex therapy with men reflect the conflicting narratives within the man himself, with his partner and the culture at large. General therapists will learn how to listen for and identify the multi-cultural myths, taboos and challenges relating to themes of power, entitlement, and inadequacy when working with men, sexuality and couples. Sari will help participants recognize possible blind spots therapists may have when it comes to male sexuality. She will also offer techniques to engage men and their partners so that they develop curiosity and confidence in understanding their desires, fantasies and the quest for intimacy when it comes to partnered sexuality.

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 www.saricooper.com, 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, October 23, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $135
Contact Hours (CEU’s) for NYS: 5
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.

Under the New Jersey Administrative Code Title 13, Chapter 44G, subchapter 13:44G-6.4, New Jersey accepts New York State approved courses for CEU’s.

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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