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 couples
Participants will learn how to:
- Connect with clients around “hard to talk about” sex topics and the latest science of sexual desire – spontaneous vs responsive desire; the dual control model – and the formulation of specific interventions to deal with a client’s lack of desire or a couple’s desire discrepancy
- Assess for and treat other common sexual problems such as – namely erectile disorder, premature ejaculation and delayed ejaculation in men; inhibited arousal, sexual pain and orgasm issues in women
- Track and modify the homework throughout the sex therapy process and using the data and feedback from the homework to create a diagnostic through-line.
Ian 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 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, April 20, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
CE Contact Hours: 5
If you are an Ackerman alumni of the Externship or current Ackerman student, please contact the Training Department to register.
212 879-4900, ext 111