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Sexual Intelligence: A New View of Sexual “Function” & Satisfaction

4 CE Hours

Presenter: Marty Klein, Ph.D

August 19 | 2- 6pm EDT

Live Via Webinar OR Via Video Recording following the live class

$140.00

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Sexual Intelligence: A New View of Sexual “Function” & Satisfaction

4 CE Hours

Presenter: Marty Klein, Ph.D

August 19 | 2- 6pm EDT

Live Via Webinar OR Via Video Recording following the live class

$140.00

Description

What do most people say they want from Sex? Some combination of pleasure and closeness. But during sex most people typically focus on how they look, smell, and sound; obsess on what their partner is thinking; try to manage distracting thoughts & feelings; and most of all, attend to their performance.

That leads exactly to what so many people fear: sexual “dysfunctions” like erection, orgasm, or desire problems. Therapists and self-help books can make things worse, because they’re trying to improve “functioning”—which is exactly wrong. Better friction doesn’t give people what they really want from sex: a sense of relaxation, playfulness, self-acceptance, competence, and connection. Erections and lubrication don’t guarantee desire or satisfaction. And so treating people’s genitalia is typically the wrong approach to enhancing their passion or pleasure.

In this seminar we’ll examine:

~ How to help people identify the good reasons they don’t desire or initiate sex;

~ How people construct culturally-appropriate sexual narratives; how these narratives undermine their pleasure and intimacy; and how we can help patients see and change them;

~ How to support people in making the transition from lust-driven sex to adult eroticism—and how to help people confront the existential issues that arise when they do;

~ How we can help people discover what their authentic sexual desires actually are, and how they can share these with a partner;

~ How to guide patients into a model of sexual engagement and satisfaction that does not focus on sexual “function” and “dysfunction.”

Learning Objectives: At seminar’s completion, participants will be able to:

1. Discuss patients’ and couples’ narratives about their sexuality
2. Assess why people don’t desire or initiate sex
3. Describe an alternative to the function-dysfunction model of sexuality
4. Describe how you would explain to clients how to discover and discuss their authentic sexual interests
5. List 3 reasons why orgasm is not the most important part of sexual experience
6. Describe why reassuring patients that they’re sexually normal can undermine rather than empower them


Time Outline

11-1130 Introduction; What do people say they want from sex?

1130-12 Changing patients’ relationship to sexuality

12-1230 Assumptions & narratives about sexuality—patients’

1230-1 Assumptions & narratives about sexuality—therapists’

1-130 Sexual “function,” “dysfunction,” and conditions for enjoyable sex

130-2 Discussing & evaluating patients’ sexual practices

2-230 Enhancing Sexual Intelligence

230-3 Summary & questions


References

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Velurajah, R., Brunckhorst, O., Waqar, M. et al. Erectile dysfunction in patients with anxiety disorders: a systematic review. Int J Impot Res 34, 177–186 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41443-020-00405-4

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Cambridge, London: Cambridge University Press

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Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishing

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