THIS IS A 2 DAY COURSE September 23-24, 2017

This 2-day workshop is for practitioners of any type of psychotherapy, and for students who wish to know more about effective methods of sex therapy. It will include information on contextual family therapy tools and concepts, The PLISSIT model and its connections to other systems, Cognitive Behavior Therapy and the Systemic Sex Therapy Model. Students will also be introduced to the Holistic Model of Sex Education and how it can be integrated into sessions with clients. Didactic information is combined with discussion and multiple exercises which will include practice of some of the tools covered.

This program meets the requirements for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 12 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT Certification and renewal of certification. Institute for Sexuality Education & Enlightenment, Provider #11-113-C. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT Certification. For further information please contact

APA CE's: AASECT is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AASECT maintains responsibility for this program and its content. ISEE offers AASECT CE’s, which can also be applied toward APA certification or recertification. Please check your state licensing board to make sure that your state accepts all APA approved sponsors, in a few cases states do not. For more information see

Sex therapy training area: Theory and methods of sex related psychotherapy; Sex related assessment 

This program has been approved for 12 Continuing Education Hours by the Connecticut Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CTAMFT) and meets the continuing education criteria for Marriage and Family Therapist Licensure renewal.

Location: The Hotel Northampton, 36 King Street, Northampton, Massachusetts. Time: 9AM to 5:30 PM with a lunch break from 12:30-2PM

Registration: $300.

Course Objectives
  • Participants will gain understanding of family systems therapy, and the benefits of using systemic frameworks in sex therapy.
  • Participants will be able to differentiate between family systems therapy and systemic approaches to sex therapy.
  • Participants will learn the family systems model of therapy.
  • Participants will be able to discuss and analyze and analyze the family systems model.
  • Participants will learn how family systems is adapted to presenting issues in sex therapy.
  • Through case studies and clinical examples, participants will learn how to apply the family systems model of Sex therapy to initial assessments.
  • Participants will discuss how intersectionality, systemic oppression, and macro social forces impact client work.
  • Participants will gain understanding of how systemic frameworks can be utilized for the purpose of sex therapy, as well as the benefits and pitfalls of sex therapy models.
  • Participants will discuss the PLISSIT model and use cases to practice discernment in when to use each skill.
  • Participants will discuss the role of homework and structured exercises in sex therapy.
  • Participants will review a couple’s case and discuss whether and when to assign sensate focus to clients.
  • Participants will discern and analyze when and how to modify homework assignment to minimize non-compliance
  • Participants will become familiar with specific therapeutic skills and interventions that can be utilized over the course of the therapeutic process.
  • Participants will be able to discuss the difference between different approaches to couple’s therapy and partnered sex therapy.
  • Through a handful of case studies and role plays, participants will learn methods of applying systems frameworks as various stages of the therapeutic process (assessment, beginning therapy, well established therapeutic relationship, termination).
  • Participants will identify at least two similarities and two differences between individual and couples work.
  • Participants will view a role-played session with a client and suggest strategies based on the models discussed.
  • Participants will discuss and analyze at least two benefits and pitfalls of using the frameworks discussed in class.
  • Participants will break into groups and role play some of the case studies discussed in class.
  • Students will discuss various referral and collaboration entities such as physicians, psychiatrists, institutions, bodyworkers and spiritual leaders.
Course Information
Date Presented:
September 23, 2017 9:00 AM Eastern
1 day, 8 hours
Individual topic purchase: Selected
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists
CE: 12.00
Connecticut Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
CEU: 12.00
This course is no longer available for purchase.