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You Don’t Have to Be a Sex Therapist to Talk About Sex

  • Monday, December 03, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Sunrise Senior Living 8300 Burdette Road Bethesda MD 20817
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Presenter: Gail Guttman, LCSW

Category 1 | 3 CEUs 

Workshop Description:  Intermediate clinicians and above.

About the Presenter: 


  1. Identify sexual messages that effect a therapist’s ability to bring up the discuss the topic of sexuality
  2. Name four factors to explore in any case of sexual dysfunction/difficulty
  3. Name four components of the PLISSIT Model
  4. Describe three central concepts in Sensate Focus
  5. Identify themes in individuals or couples which provide opportunities to explore sexuality issues


9:00 to 9:30 | Introduction and Exploration of Sexual Messages
9:30 to 10:30 | Components of Sex Therapy
10:30 to 10:45 | Break
10:45 to 11:45 | Basic Skills in Sex Therapy
11:45 to 12:15 | Identify Themes in Couples Therapy Which Can Lead to Sexuality Exploration and Learnings

Recommended Reading:

  • Basson, Rosemary. “The Female Sexual Response Cycle”. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. An updated version of the sexual response cycle.
  • Binik, Yitzchak M. and Hall, Kathryn, editors. The Principles and Practice of Sex Therapy, 5th Edition. New York: Guildford Press, 2014. An updated version of the diagnosis and treatment of sex therapy, by leading authorities in the field.
  • Buehler, Stephanie. What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know About Sex Therapy. New York: Springer Publishing Company, 2013. A practical guide for mental health practitioners on how to comfortably discuss, assess, and treat sexual issues that arise in practice.
  • Joannides, Paul. The Guide to Getting It On. Oregon: Goofy Foot Press, 2012. A complete guide to the wide range of sexuality. Goofy Foot Press, 2015.
  • Love, Patricia and Robinson, Jo. Hot Monogamy. New York: Plume Book, 1994. Exercises to improve both the couples’ emotional and sexual relationship, with a focus on low sexual desire.
  • Kaplan, Helen Singer. The Illustrated Manual of Sex Therapy. Florence, Kentucky: Routledge Press, 1988. Reviews the nature and causes of male and female sexual dysfunctions, and describes and portrays the various erotic techniques and exercises employed in sex therapy.
  • Klein, Marty. Sexual Intelligence. California: Harper Collins, 2012. A guide to remove the obsession with sexual normalcy and teach people how to bring the focus back to intimacy.
  • Kerner, Ian. She Comes First: The Thinking Man's Guide to Pleasuring a Woman. New York: William Morrow Publishing, 2009. A guide to pleasuring a woman through other methods than intercourse.
  • Nagowski, Emily. Come as You Are. NY: Simon and Shuster, 2015. Research that normalizes and enhances female sexuality.
  • Nelson, Tammy, Getting the Sex You Want. Massachusetts: Quiver Books, 2008. An integration of Imago relationship therapy and sex therapy.
  • Perel, Esther. Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence. New York: Harper Perennial, 2007. Explore the paradoxical union of domesticity and sexual desire, and explains what it takes to bring lust back into a home.
  • Weeks, Gerald, Gambescia, Nancy, and Hertlein. A Clinician’s Guide to Systemic Sex Therapy. New York: Routledge: 2016. Overall guide to sex therapy.
  • Weiner, Linda and Avery-Clark, Constance. Sensate Focus in Sex Therapy: The Illustrated Manuel. New York: Routledge, 2015. An in-depth look at sensate focus.
  • Zilbergeld, Bernie. The New Male Sexuality. New York: Bantam Books, 1993. This book describes all aspects of make sexuality and has exercises.
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