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Ian Kerner

Ian Kerner, PhD


The Sexually Well-informed Clinician:
Beyond Masters & Johnson

Saturday April 8, 2017
9:00 - 5:00       $170/$147 until 3/17      7 CE hours


Sex is a topic that is invariably on your clients’ minds, but to what extent does it enter the clinical conversation? It’s not uncommon for both client and therapist to collude in avoiding sex-related issues due to mutual discomfort, or for a therapist to feel unskilled when addressing sexuality. Many therapists will simply avoid the conversation altogether, or find themselves referring out cases requiring sex therapy. Most of us haven’t been trained in helping couples freely explore their sexual needs, fears, fantasies, and desires. Nor do we know about the latest advances in treating common sexual problems.

All this is unfortunate, as the current field of sex therapy has a body of practices that integrate very well with individual psychotherapy and couples therapy. In an effort to bridge this gap, we are excited to offer this workshop with Dr. Kerner, a renowned sex therapist, who will do a thorough and provocative presentation, including:

  1. The exponentially expanding science of sexuality
  2. Current tools for assessment and treatment of common sexual issues through a biopsychosocial lens
  3. Dealing with the therapist’s anxiety and counter-transference about sex
  4. Understanding the unique issues in working with LGBTQ couples

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Connect with your clients around “hard to talk about” sex topics
  • Integrate tools for intervening in various issues no matter what your orientation, such as low desire, mismatched libido, ejaculation and orgasm problems, excessive porn use, sex with trauma history, among others
  • Apply the latest research on spontaneous vs. responsive desire, arousal noncordance, dual control model, and sexual fluidity
  • Understand issues experienced by LGBTQ clients, such as outness, effects of internalized shame, sex “under the influence”, monogamy, sex script rigidity, and transexuality issues

Ian Kerner is a nationally recognized sex therapist, Clinical Fellow of AAMFT, certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators and the Society for Sex Therapy. He presents at many universities and conferences around the world and is a regular contributor to The Today Show, NPR, CNN’s sex expert, and is the founder of GoodinBed.com. He is the New York Times best-selling author of numerous books, including She Comes First, which is the best-selling sex advice book of the last decade and has been translated into a dozen languages.