Using Sexually Explicit Material as a Clinical Intervention (4 CEs)


Presented by: Cyndi Darnell 



Sexually Explicit Material (SEM) is a useful and powerful aide in clinical & therapeutic dialogues. SEM includes everything from lingerie advertising in public spaces through to online pornography. Modern SEM offers access to intersectional, feminist-informed, body-positive & social-justice informed approaches to address shortcomings in sex education, body image, consent, communication and pleasure facilitation. This workshop offers an approach to expanding erotic wisdom in clinical settings through the application of SEM, while modeling ethics and consent.


At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss how to use SEM in therapy
  • Describe how to work with client’s sexual problems incorporating SEM without sociocultural judgments
  • Explain how to help clients develop a helpful & mature relationship with pleasure through the application of SEM
  • Demonstrate a protocol model for consensual application of SEM and how it helps clients


  • Warm up / icebreaker introduction
  • How I came to Sex Therapy / Sexological Consulting (as above)
  • What is SEM?
  • How I came to use SEM in my work
  • Why it’s useful – philosophical and peer reviewed ideas
  • Case Studies
  • Ethical Considerations
  • Critical Analysis and Shortcomings
  • Applications in Your Context
  • Further Resources (Handout)
  • Close