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A Systems Approach to Sex Therapy

  • Friday, March 17, 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
  • Family and Nursing Care | 962 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
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Type of Event: Continuing Education

Category: Cat 1 | CE Credit Hours: 6.0


Originally sex therapy was considered a cognitive behavior therapy. We now know when working with sex therapy issues, we need to consider such factors: the family of origin, the impact of our culture, relationship issues and medical factors. Attend this workshop to learn a systems approach to couples and sex therapy. The basics of sex therapy: the physiology of sexuality; the sexual response cycle; and male and female sexual dysfunctions and their treatment, will be explored. The workshop includes an in-depth presentation of the relational paradigm and CBT approach to sex therapy. You will leave with skills to begin to address sex issues with couples and individuals, including sensate focus and defining the couples sexuality “dance”.


  1. Describe the various systems approaches involved in treating sexual dysfunction
  2. Describe the sexual response cycle and its evolution
  3. Classify the following male sexual dysfunctions: inhibited desire, erectile dysfunctions, premature ejaculation and delayed ejaculation
  4. Classify the following female sexual dysfunctions: inhibited desire, anorgasmia, vaginismus and pelvic pain
  5. Formulate some treatment ideas for each of the aforementioned dysfunctions
  6. Practice sensate focus
  7. Identify a couples “sexual dance”


  • 9:00 to 9:20 | Introduction
  • 9:20 to 10:30 | Sexual Response Cycle
  • 10:30 to 10:45 | Break
  • 10:45 to 12:00 | Components of a systems approach to sex therapy, including a number of exercises
  • 12:00 to 12:45 | Lunch
  • 12:45 to 2:15 | Components of a systems approach to sex therapy, including a number of exercises (continued)
  • 2:15 to 2:30 | Break
  • 2:30 to 4:15 | Male and female Sexual dysfunctions
  • 4:15 to 4:30 | Learnings


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