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Introduction to the Integration of Couples and Sex Therapy

  • Tuesday, October 05, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Online ZOOM

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Presenter: Gail Guttman

6.5 Category 1 CEUs

The integration of couples’ therapy and sex therapy is no easy task.  Couples therapy is a behavior therapy.  Many couples therapists are taught little about sex therapy.  They often learn that repairing the attachment wound and creating reconnection will solve the sexual problem. 

Through this presentation, we will explore an overview of the integration of couples and sex therapy.  Many components of knowledge are necessary to explore this topic, such as psychodynamic theory, relational and medical issues. An understanding of the importance of sexual knowledge in order to educate our clients about healthy, positive sexual attitudes is crucial.  The skill of Sensate Focus will be presented and practiced. Most importantly, we will look at our own attitudes about addressing sexuality and discuss ways to bring up the topic of sexuality with our individuals and couples.

In addition to Category I CEU’, AASECT CEU’s can be offered upon request.

Outline and Learning Objectives

I. Introduction 9:00 to 9:15

II. Sexual Messages 9:15 to 10:00 

Learning Objectives: Describe the socio-cultural and familial factors affecting our ability to discuss sexuality with our clients. CKA: A, B, C, O, ST: E, F

III. Systems Approach to Sex Therapy
A. Familial & Cultural Issues 10:00 to 10:30 

Learning Objectives: Describe the familial, socio-cultural issues affecting a client’s sexuality development and sexual self esteem. CKA: A, B, C, O, ST: E, F

Break 10:30 to 10:45

B. Medical Issues 10:45 to 11:15

Learning Objectives: List the medical systems to explore in sex therapy cases. CKA: G, H, I, O, ST: B, D, E, F

C. Relationship Issues 11:15 to 11:45

Learning Objectives: Describe the relational paradigm and list different relational theories to utilize. CKA: B, C, E,O, ST: A, B, C, E

Lunch 11:45 to 12:45

D. The Role of Anxiety 12:45 to 1:45
Learning Objectives: Demonstrate the role of anxiety in sexual dysfunction and explain the use of Cognitive Behavior Therapy in sex therapy. CKA: B, C, E, G, H, I, M, O, ST: A, B, C, E, D  

IV. Skill in Couples & Sex Therapy: Sensate Focus 1:45 to 3:30 (including break) CKA: B, C, E, G, I, M, O, ST: A, B, C, E, F

A. Bringing up the subject of sexuality with clients: 1:45 to 2:00
Learning Objectives: Identify themes in individuals or couples which provide opportunities to explore sexuality issues.

B. Sensate Focus : 2:00 to 3:15 (including break)

Learning Objectives: Describe three central concepts in Sensate Focus

V. Wrap up: 3:15 to 3:30

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