Workshop 03: 10 Crucial Things about Sex that Therapists Don’t Learn in School
Most clinical training programs include a very limited amount about sexuality. They generally focuses on pathologies (e.g., rape and child molestation), “dysfunction” (e.g., problems with desire or orgasm), and more recently, “diversity” (e.g., the existence of people who identify as GLBT or polyamorous).
But what about the everyday sex lives of ordinary people? What about the sexual dissatisfaction of couples whose bodies function fine, the sexuality of people who prefer other activities instead of intercourse, adults who feel self-conscious about their bodies, or people troubled by their fantasies? Most training programs don’t discuss cases like these–nor are therapists encouraged or trained to raise sexual issues that patients don’t. This workshop will help attendees identify and explore important issues that are often invisible when both patient and therapist are mutually silent about them.
- Demonstrate learning of how to talk about sex with patients who hesitate to do so.
- Demonstrate learning of how to assess patients sexual experience, as compared with their sexual function.
- Analyze the Sexual Intelligence model of sexual satisfaction, and how it can be used with couples struggling with arousal, desire, and function issues.