What does it mean to be a sex therapist? What happens in the therapy room of a sex therapist, and how does it differ from other forms of therapy? In this training, we explore some of the nuances and tools that sex therapists bring into the room. Students will learn about some common models for sex therapy, and how to apply systemic frameworks to the practice of sex therapy.
Students will leave with concrete skills that they can apply to their own practice, whether they are new to sex therapy or veterans of the field.
By the end of session, students will gain understanding of:
- How sex therapy differs from other Therapeutic modalities and the underpinnings of ethical and sex positive sex therapy practice through the following learning objectives:
- Identify common misconceptions about sex therapy/sex positivity
- Apply the case dive framework for managing countertransference
- Identify at least 2 principles laid out in AASECT’s code of ethics
- Existing frameworks for practicing sex therapy through the following learning objectives:
- Describe at least two core components of Schnarch’s Crucible(R) Therapy framework
- Contrast Gina Ogden’s 4D Sexuality/Sprituality wheel and Crucible Therapy
- Discuss the PLISSIT model and use cases to practice discernment in when to use each skill.
- The benefits of using family systems in sex therapy through the following learning objectives:
- differentiate between family systems therapy and systemic approaches to sex therapy.
- utilize at least 2 components of the family systems model of therapy
- adapt family systems to presenting issues in sex therapy
- discuss and analyze the family systems model
- apply the family systems model of Sex therapy to initial assessments.
- discuss how intersectonality, systemic oppression, and macro social forces impact client work.
- practice using ecograms as tools for assessment and clinical conceptualization
- Applying Gottman Method and EFT to couples presenting in sex therapy through the following learning objectives:
- How systemic frameworks can be utilized for the purpose of sex therapy, as well as the benefits and pitfalls of sex therapy models through the following learning objectives:
- discuss the role of homework and structured exercises in sex therapy
- review a couples case and discuss whether and when to assign sensate focus to clients
- discern and analyze when and how to modify homework assignment to minimize non-compliance
- Students will be able to discuss the difference between different approaches to couples therapy and partnered sex therapy.
- Specific therapeutic skills and interventions that can be utilized over the course of the therapeutic process. through the following learning objectives:
- Role play methods of applying systems frameworks as various stages of the therapeutic process (assessment, beginning therapy, well established therapeutic relationship, termination)
- identify at least two similarities and two differences between individual and couples work.
- discuss and analyze at least two benefits and pitfalls of using the frameworks discussed in class.
- suggest strategies based on the models discussed.
- Discern when to use various referral and collaboration entities such as physicians, psychiatrists, institutions, bodyworkers and spiritual leaders.
This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 18 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification.
March 18, 2018 9:00 AM Eastern