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Sexual Issues: Diagnosis and Treatment

5 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $49.00

Developed by Marty Klein, Ph.D.

This course includes materials consisting of:

Transcripts are available for ALL MP3s in pdf format.

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General Course Description

Whether through desire conflicts, chronic dissatisfaction, affairs, or dysfunctions, sexual issues form a large part of every therapist's practice. Unfortunately, virtually all therapists have grown up in a sex-negative culture, which affects our work as much as it affects our clients' lives. And most therapists, as competent members of adult society, have many inaccurate assumptions about sexuality - which mirror the inaccurate assumptions that cause many clients' sexual problems in the first place.

In this course professionals learn a compelling new model of sexuality that focuses on its positive aspects; challenges clients' tendencies to self-identify as inadequate; sees society's sex-negativity as a source of psycho-sexual pathology; and confronts ways in which psychotherapy demonizes sexuality. Psychotherapists can learn to reframe clients' goals so that, when reached, they enhance rather than limit clients' satisfaction and growth. In so doing, therapists can empower clients to make better sexual choices, function more as they would like to, and better integrate eroticism into their relationships.

This intermediate level course is comprised of five hours of recorded live audio lectures with Dr. Marty Klein, esteemed sex expert, award-winning author, and long-time couples therapist. The content is practical, funny, and honest. For psychotherapists ready to learn more about effectively addressing sexual issues in therapy, this is an excellent place to start or continue.

"The bedroom is its own special kingdom."
- Dr. Marty Klein

Educational Objectives

This course will teach psychotherapists to:

1.    Identify sexual aspects of health issues, including aging, illness, and medications.

2.    Discuss common dynamics in low-desire individuals and desire-discrepant couples.

3.    Plan to work with non-standard forms of sexual expression such as non-monogamy, sadomasochism, erotic role-playing, and pornography.

4.    Describe why assuring clients that they're "normal" typically undermines their growth.

5.    Explain how therapists' assumptions can undermine clients' psycho-sexual function.

Course Syllabus

  • Myths perpetuated by therapists that can harm clients:
    • Monogamy is best for everyone
    • All people should compare themselves to an objective "norm"
    • Fantasies should correspond with religious, political, or social beliefs
    • The dark side of eroticism is unhealthy or dangerous
  • Common physical changes with age - men
    • Recovery time between ejaculation and next orgasm increases
    • Volume and force of ejaculation decreases
    • Erectile dynamics change
    • Chronic pain limits sexual variety
  • Common physical changes with age - women
    • Post-menopausal weight gain and insomnia
    • Lubrication takes longer and is thinner
    • Intercourse may be physically painful
    • Having an orgasm may be more difficult
    • Chronic pain limits sexual variety
  • Common reasons people have sex
    • Intimacy
    • Saving a relationship
    • Avoiding intimacy
    • Working out problems
    • Pleasure
    • Feeling competent or normal
    • Obligation
  • Pornography
    • Uses
    • Campaigns against
    • Prevalence
  • Learning to talk with clients about sex
    • Without pathologizing them
    • Without allowing them to compare themselves with "norms"
    • Without shame or vagueness
    • While feeling uncomfortable
  • Resources & References
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