2019 MSTI Weekend Workshop – Detroit


Modern Sex Therapy Institutes presents Weekend Workshop in Detroit

Friday, January 18 through Sunday, January 20, 2019

FLEXIBLE REGISTRATION! Sign up for the entire conference or just the class(es) of your choice!
– Participants can attend the workshops in person, LIVE online via webinar or at a later date via video recording.

CAN’T MAKE IT TO DETROIT? Attend LIVE online via Webinar!
– Webinar also will be available to watch after the conference.

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Joe Kort, Ph.D.
Joe Kort, Ph.D.

Justin J. Lehmiller, Ph.D.

Rachel Needle, Psy.D.

Industry leaders will serve as presenters for the following course topics:


Using IMAGO Relationship Therapy to Help Couples Erotically Differentiate (4 CEs)

Friday, January 18  | 9 am to 1 pm
Presenter: Joe Kort, Ph.D.

Couples enter our offices with many conflicts and differences. Often they are fighting over contracts they have never made. Therapists jobs are to help the couple differentiate through empathy and validation. The things they are fighting over represent old wounds from their childhood being recycled and embedded in their conflicts today. How does each one help us find and get the love they want? This workshop will teach therapists about IMAGO Relationship Therapy theory and communication techniques so couples can get to the next level of their relationship.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the mystery of attraction between partners in a relationship
  • Describe three stages of love: Romantic Love, Power Struggle, Real Love
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills to help couples resolve conflict and create more intimacy

SEX ON THE DOWNLOAD: When the Internet Disconnects You From Your Relationship (4 CEs)

Friday, January 18 | 2 pm to 6 pm
Presenters: Joe Kort, Ph.D.

This presentation will discuss how to help couples face the crisis when one partner discovers that the other is secretly using pornography or connecting to potential partners online. Often the injured partner who discovers this is devastated and experiences it as a trauma and betrayal. What surfaces are the couples erotic differences and the absence of sexual health dialogues between the partners. Through the teaching of Imago Relationship Therapy, therapists will explore how to help these couples deal with erotic difference and develop empathy and validation for one another. Therapists will learn how to help the injured partner understand ultimately creating a more differentiated sex life.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss their own countertransference toward these couples and how to avoid it interfering with them providing treatment
  • Describe two techniques to help both partners recognize their own erotic interests without blame and defensiveness
  • Describe at least two effective communication skills to help couples resolve erotic conflict and create more intimacy
  • Explain ways to help couples with the differences between male and female sexual desire and erotic differences from a sexual health informed point of view

The Science of Sexual Fantasy: What Do We Want, and What Do Our Fantasies Say About Us? (8 CEs)

Saturday, January 19 | 9 am to 6 pm
Presenters: Justin J. Lehmiller, Ph.D.

Almost everyone has sexual fantasies, and those fantasies serve a number of important functions. Despite the vital role they play in our lives, fantasies are all too often a potent source of shame, embarrassment, and anxiety. A big part of the reason for this is that fantasies remain poorly understood. The goal of this training is therefore to offer an in-depth exploration of the science of sexual fantasy. Dr. Justin Lehmiller, a Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute, will synthesize the latest research on this subject and present the key takeaways for sex therapists. Attendees will not just learn about the immense content and variability that exists in our sexual fantasies, but also what we know about where our fantasies come from, how they are connected to our own unique personality profiles and sexual histories, as well as how and why fantasies vary across different demographic groups.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • List the seven most common types of sexual fantasies
  • Explain which paraphilic fantasies are truly rare and which are not
  • Describe the difference between a sexual fantasy and a sexual desire, as well as how these constructs overlap
  • Describe at least two factors that contribute to fantasy content and variation
  • Explain how our personalities and sexual histories are connected to the content of our sexual fantasies
  • Describe how sexual fantasies vary across different segments of the population (e.g., gender, age, sexual orientation)
Overview of Human Sexual Response and Taking a Sexual History (4 CEs)

Sunday, January 20 | 9 am to 1 pm
Presenters: Rachel Needle, Psy.D.

This workshop serves as an introduction and overview of human sexual response and taking a sexual history. This workshop will provide in depth understanding of the biopsychosocial model of assessment as it relates to sexuality including sexual function. Participants will learn how to take a comprehensive sexual history and understand all factors contributing to a client’s sexuality and functioning. Various models of sexual arousal and response will be taught.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the biopsychosocial model of assessment
  • List six integral sexuality related questions to ask during conducting a sexual history
  • Explain Masters and Johnson’s sexual response cycle
  • Describe Rosemary Basson’s model of sexual response
  • Explain the PLISSIT model
  • Practice skills to take a comprehensive sexual history
  • List 3 reasons therapists do not ask about sex
  • Define sexual health
  • List all of the DSM-5 male and female sexual dysfunctions, and explain the diagnostic criteria for each



The Center for Relationship and Sexual Health
25600 Woodward Avenue, Suite 215
Royal Oak, Michigan 48067


For questions, contact Rachel Needle, PsyD, co-director of Modern Sex Therapy Institutes, at drrachelneedle@gmail.com, or call 561-379-7207

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