January 2020 MSTI Weekend Workshops – West Palm Beach, Florida


Modern Sex Therapy Institutes presents Weekend Workshop in West Palm Beach, FL

Friday, January 24 through Sunday, January 26, 2020

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

Barry McCarthy, Ph.D.

Barry McCarthy

Amanda Luterman MA, MEd

Amanda Luterman

Erika Miley, MEd, LMHC

Erika Miley

Richard Siegel


Integrating Sexual Interventions into Couple Therapy (8 CEs)

Friday, January 24 | 9 am to 6 pm EST
Presenter by: Barry McCarthy, Ph.D. 

The traditional model of sexual problems was that sex was a symptom of an individual or couple problem. The belief was that once the core problem was resolved that sexuality would easily become functional and satisfying. In reality, sexuality is complex-multi-causal, multi-dimensional, with large individual, couple, cultural, and value differences. In most cases increasing intimacy and communication does not improve sexual desire and function. In fact, in some cases it increases the sexual problem because there is so much focus on intimacy and mutuality that the couple “de-eroticize” each other and their relationship. The challenge for couples, married or partnered, straight or gay, is how to integrate intimacy and eroticism. Sexual problems need to be addressed directly by recognizing that the new sexual mantra is desire/pleasure/eroticism/satisfaction. Rather than hoping for a bio-medical stand-alone intervention, a comprehensive couple psychobiosocial approach is utilized for assessment and treatment. Challenge the cultural expectation  of perfect, predictable sex. Embrace the Good Enough Sex (GES) model which emphasizes the value of variable, flexible couple sexuality, acknowledging the value of both synchronous and asynchronous sexual experiences.

A motivating, empowering learning is that the couple’s sexual style is usually different than their relational style. The couple sexual style balances each partner’s autonomy (“sexual voice”) with being an intimate sexual team who create the right fit  for intimacy and eroticism. A crucial concept is the need for an individualized relapse prevention plan to maintain and generalize sexual gains.

Erotic Empathy (4 CEs)

Saturday, January 25 | 9 am to 1 pm EST
Presented by: Amanda Luterman M.A, M.ED.

Mental health practitioners specializing in sex therapy require competence in identifying and treating erotic concerns or erotic empathy. This introductory workshop will present the principles of Erotic Empathy, and foster the creation of individual practitioner schemas for use in clinical practice.

How Do Common Mental Health Issues Show Up in Sex: Using ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and CFT (Compassion Focused Therapy) to Treat Common Sexual Issues (2 CEs)

Saturday, January 25 | 2 – 4 pm
Presented by: Erika Miley, MEd, LMHC

In graduate school, our culture, and in a whole lot of the world we separate sex from the rest of ourselves.  In reality sex, and our sexual experiences, and identity is part of us as an entire system.  Participants will learn about ACT and CFT during this workshop and will understand how to look at a client/the person as an entire system, physiologically, culturally, and socially.

Sex Therapy for Bariatric, Eating, and Body Image Issues (2 CEs)

Saturday, January 25 | 4 – 6 pm
Presented by: Erika Miley, MEd, LMHC

Eating disorders and body image issues, are some of the deadliest mental health issues we treat as clinicians.  The etiology of these issues commonly begins during the onset of puberty.  In addition, eating issues are often comorbid with anxiety and the anxiety disorder family. Sexual functioning is often not addressed  at residential facilities or out-patient facilities.

The Art of Sex Therapy Supervision (4 CEs)

Sunday, January 26 | 9 am to 1 pm EST
Presented by: Richard Siegel, PhD, LMHC, CST-S

This session will present a “broad stroke” picture of sex therapy supervision, presenting different models of supervision and a wide variety of types of cases that illustrate the important aspects of the supervisor/supervisee relationship.  Issues of transference and countertransference will be addressed, as light will be shed upon the relationship that exists between clients and their therapist.  Consideration will be given to assumptions about race, gender, sexual orientation, ability and other sociocultural constructs that enable or obstruct the therapeutic process.  Telephonic, Internet and other therapeutic media will be considered.  Attention will also be afforded to AASECT Supervision Requirements and practice expectations. Ethical issues will be addressed throughout the workshop.

To be clear, this will be a class about supervision and professional consultation, rather than actual clinical case supervision – that being said, attendees may feel free to bring up challenging or difficult cases for discussion during the workshop.


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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