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Principles & Practices of Sex Therapy with Ian Kerner (10 week-course)

September 24, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am EDT

Virtual Workshop:

The Sexually Well-Informed Clinician: Principles & Practices of Sex Therapy

Ian Kerner, PhD, LMFT

10 Fridays: September 22, 29, October 6, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, December 1, 8, 15* & 22*, 2023 from 9:30AM-11:30AM on Zoom

20 NYS and AASECT CE Credits
*This is a 10 week-course with two extra dates reserved at the end in case of a class cancellation.

Sexuality and its expression are central to life, yet it’s not uncommon for both client and therapist to collude in avoiding sex-related issues due to mutual discomfort. In an effort to bridge this gap and give clinicians the working tools to integrate sex therapy into their practices, this 10 week workshop will highlight:

  • The history of sex therapy and the exponentially expanding science of sexuality
  • Current tools for assessment, case-formulation and treatment of common sexual issues through a range of different lenses (biological, psychological, relational, intersectional).
  • Therapeutic interventions, including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, psychoeducational, and pharmacological approaches.
  • Co-constructing homework assignments with patients that maintain the clinical thread in-between sessions and bring back useful data to keep working with.
  • Challenging and deconstructing the limiting beliefs that patients often hold around sex.
  • In this 10-week workshop, you will learn how to:

    • Connect with your clients around “hard to talk about” sex topics
    • Integrate tools for intervening in common issues such as low desire, mismatched libido, arousal and orgasm problems and excessive porn use amongst others
    • Apply the latest research on spontaneous vs. responsive desire, arousal non-concordance, the dual-control model, core erotic themes and more

    Throughout the course, we will be paying close attention to the development and deepening of the therapeutic alliance and the processing of clinical material that happens both in the room and in between sessions through homework assignments. Case studies will be regularly referenced and discussed.


    Ian Kerner, PhD, LMFT is the co-founder and co-director of the Sex Therapy program at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. He lectures frequently on topics related to sex and relationships, with recent presentations for the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, the Ackerman Institute, Tony Robbins, The Society for Sex Therapy and Research and TED 2021. He is a regular contributor to CNN on the topic sexuality and relationships. Ian is the New York Times best-selling author of She Comes First (Harper Collins) which has been translated into more than a dozen languages and the newly released So Tell Me About the Last Time You Had Sex.




    September 24, 2023
    9:30 am - 11:00 am EDT
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    Sex Therapy Program (STP)
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    20 NYS + AASECT CE credits


    33 W 60th St., 4FL
    New York, 10023 United States
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