2019 MSTI Weekend Workshop – West Palm Beach


Modern Sex Therapy Institutes presents Weekend Workshop in West Palm Beach

Friday, March 22 through Sunday, March 24, 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 WEST PALM BEACH? Attend LIVE online via Webinar!
– Webinar also will be available to watch after the conference.

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Richard M. Siegel, Ph.D.

Marty Klein, Ph.D.

Stanley E. Althof, Ph.D.

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


Diagnosis and Treatment of Male Sexual Dysfunction (8 CEs)

Friday, March 22 | 9 am to 6 pm
Presenter: Stanley E. Althof, Ph.D.


Sexuality Issues in Addiction, Treatment & Recovery (4 CEs)
Saturday, March 23 | 9 am to 1 pm
Presenter: Richard M. Siegel, Ph.D.

This session presents both developmental and consequential sexuality issues associated with substance abuse and chemical dependency, many of which have been historically neglected both in treatment and recovery programs.  Sexuality issues are identified in each stage of chemical dependency.  An overview of the effects the major “drugs of abuse” follows, identifying important considerations for treatment and recovery.  Strategies for relapse prevention are discussed, particularly around those sexuality issues typically not considered in most treatment planning and 12-Step recovery programs.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

1.    List four common sexuality issues typically seen in all phases of chemical dependency
2.    Describe the effects of the major categories of “drugs of abuse” on sexuality in each of the phases of chemical dependency
3.    Explain the difference between sexual issues as an underlying motivation for substance abuse compared with sexual issues that occur as a result of substance abuse
4.    Discuss strategies for more effective recovery and relapse prevention in chemical dependency treatment as is relates to better addressing sexuality and sexual health issues.

Sexual Pharmacology (4 CEs)

Saturday, March 23 | 2 pm to 6 pm
Presenter: Richard M. Siegel, Ph.D.

The session will begin with an overview of physiological and neurohormonal bases of sexual response and an overview of the chemotherapeutic interventions available for the treatment of sexual disorders. Participants will discuss sexual side effects of commonly used licit and illicit drugs, including those purported to have pro-sexual effects. The final discussion will focus on understanding comprehensive, integrated approaches to treatment of sexual dysfunctions and disorders and the need to be better informed about substances and their impact on sexual functioning.

Learning Objectives:
1.    Describe the neurohormonal and physiological mechanisms that modulate sexual response, as the basis for understanding the various chemotherapeutic interventions in the treatment of sexual dysfunctions and disorders.
2.   Explain the various chemotherapeutic interventions in the treatment of sexual dysfunctions and disorders, including sexual side-effects of commonly used licit and illicit drugs, including those substances purported to have “prosexual” effects.
3.   Describe the complex issues surrounding sexual response.

When Porn is an Issue: Couples in Conflict, & People Who Watch Too Much (4 CEs)
Sunday, March 24 | 1 pm to 5 pm
Presenter: Marty Klein, Ph.D.
*Webinar Only*

When couples or individuals are disrupted by porn use, there’s always something else going on. How do we find out what that is–and effectively discuss it with clients?
Almost everyone has opinions about porn’s creation, use, and impact. While many people fear and misunderstand porn, it’s important for therapists and clients alike to know the facts about its actual content, how it’s made, why people use it, and what the typical effects of its use are.
When does porn use undermine genuine intimacy? When does it indicate developmental or attachment problems? And when is it part of healthy sexual expression? What if a couple can’t agree on the validity of one partner’s porn use?
When we see a patient using porn self-destructively, how do we effectively assess for anxiety, depression, or mood/character disorders? What role do religion and culture play in the patient’s decisions and feelings about their porn use? When a woman is anxious (or angry) about “having to compete” with porn images, what intrapsychic and relational issues might that reveal?
In this webinar, we’ll explore:
·      Assessing and treating couples and individuals distressed about pornography
·      Helping clients assess when porn use isn’t a problem
·      Unpacking the narratives of each partner, and finding out what each one really wants from therapy
·      Talking about sex when clients hesitate or resist
·      How society’s PornPanic has affected the field of therapy, bringing junk neuro-science into our practice
·      Exactly what has happened to the rates of sexual violence, child exploitation, and divorce since broadband internet brought 24/7 porn into everyone’s home?
·      Why the “porn addiction” model can’t resolve the deeper issues—and learning a model that does
·      The relationship deficits and conflicts (desire discrepancies, unresolved infidelity, poor body image, performance anxiety, and emotional isolation) that couples avoid by making porn the issue

We’ll also discuss how to avoid therapeutic traps, such as getting too involved in the content of the porn; overlooking people’s feelings about masturbation; privileging religious rigidity; dependence on gender stereotypes; and assuming that porn preferences reflect actual desires.

Learning objectives
At the conclusion of this program, attendees will be able to:
1.   Define Porn Literacy and use the concept in treatment
2.   Describe 3 key diagnostic questions in evaluating cases involving pornography
3.   Critique the “porn addiction” model
4.   Describe important differences between porn sex and real sex
1-1:30       America’s PornPanic and how it affects lay people and clinicians
1:30-2       Who gets upset about their partner’s porn use? Why?
2-2:30       Intervening in couple’s porn-related problems
2:30-3       Sexual assumptions, expectations, politics, and pain
3-3:30       Assessing for problematic porn use
3:30-4       Intervening in individual’s porn-related problems
4-4:30       Critiquing the porn addiction model & junk neuroscience
4:30-5       Question-and-answer period


Modern Sex Therapy Institutes
5 Harvard circle, Suite 109
West palm beach, fl 33409


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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