Presenter: Lawrence Siegel, M.S.

Description: Sex therapy generally utilizes a biopsychosocial approach to understanding and treating sexual dysfunctions and disorders. Sex therapists need to have a broad-based understanding of sexual problems and be able to identify a number of individual physiological, psychological and emotional issues related to sexual concerns. In addition, these issues also need to be understood in both relational and family contexts.  This course will provide exploration and discussion of some of the underlying psychological issues related to sexual concerns, dysfunctions, and disorders. In addition, participants will examine the impact sexual problems may have on psychological issues.  Focus will be on anxiety disorders, mood disorders, sleep disorders, eating disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and dissociative disorders.

Learning Objectives:

Describe common underlying psychological and emotional issues in sexual dysfunctions and          disorders.

Discuss how 3 psychological and emotional issues are reflected in sexual expression

Explain the bidirectional impact of psychological and sexual disorders

Apply understanding of the understanding of underlying psychological and emotional dynamics to the treatment of sexual and relationship problems

Activity Schedule:

1 hour: Psychological and emotional aspects of sexual dysfunctions and disorders –  etiological underpinnings

1 hour: Sexual expression and behavior as a reflection of psychological and emotional issues

30 minutes: Interplay between psychological, emotional, and sexual processes – Which came first?

30 minutes: Relationship dynamics when psychological and   emotional issues are present

1 hour: Balancing and effectively integrating mental health and sexual therapies in treating sexual and relationships