January 2020 MSTI Weekend Workshops – West Palm Beach, Florida


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

Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25, 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, Ph.D.

Amanda Luterman M.A., M.ED.

Amanda Luterman M.A., M.ED.


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)

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



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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