Are You Comfortable, Competent, and Confident
Working with Sex Issues in Therapy?
If not, I can help.
My 16-week online training can be a transformative journey for any therapist, regardless of specialty or level of experience in treating sex issues. By the end of the training, you will:
- Feel comfortable opening the conversation about sex with every client
- Have a roadmap for how to continue the conversation with confidence
- Ground your knowledge of sex and sexuality in accurate, hard-to-find information and effectively share that knowledge with your clients
- Expertly use a variety of unique tools and interventions specifically designed to improve your effectiveness working with sex issues
- Have a solid understanding of healthy sexuality and sexual function
- Understand how to assess and treat, or refer, many common sex issues
- Know where to go for more information when needed
- Have several strategies for untangling the many factors underlying complex sex issues, like desire discrepancy
- Know how to skillfully support differentiation in relationships, and why this is crucial to working with sex issues
- Be able to approach sex issues through a non‐judgemental, non‐pathologizing, multifactorial framework
- Understand anatomy and physiology of arousal and pleasure; provide accurate information to your clients and integrate this information for more effective treatment
You will be well supported along the way. The learning experience includes:
- Lots of individual instructor attention, feedback, and consultation to support your learning process—more than you will receive in almost any other course on the market
- 8 videoconference class meetings with Martha to ask questions, synthesize concepts, and apply course materials through case discussion
- Private online discussion group where you and your colleagues can ask Martha questions, discuss cases and support one another on the journey
- Access to a robust annotated resource list for further study, organized by topic for easy access when you need it
I hope you will join me for the 2018 group because I know your clients need you to be able to discuss sex issues with competence, and confidence. And I want you to feel comfortable doing so.
The 2018 course starts February 5th
What you get from me:
- Immediate access to the first learning module when you sign up
- 9 learning modules including study guides, print materials, video materials with transcripts and audio only tracks, and both print and video materials for you to use with your clients.
- 8 in-person video-conference calls; ask me your questions in person, get to know your colleagues, process material, and get support when you need it. The video-conference calls will be recorded for listening later (audio only) if you are unable to attend in person.
- A private online discussion group to share the journey, discuss material and cases, share links to resources, give and get feedback, and form community with your cohort and me.
- 20 CEUs approved from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, following a post-test.*
- A detailed syllabus, learning objectives, and post-test which you can submit to your own professional organization to request CEUs. (Granting of CEUs is entirely at the discretion of each professional organization.)
- A certificate of completion, suitable for framing.
- A badge of completion to display on your website, indicating that you are a therapist your clients can talk to about sex.
*This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 20 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification.
Nobody should pay for something they feel isn’t benefiting them. If at any time during the first 30 days of the course you feel you are not becoming more effective, knowledgeable, and comfortable talking about sex in the normal course of therapy, I will happily give you a full refund.
Assessing and Treating Sex Issues in Psychotherapy—Level 1
Module 1: Getting Under Way
- Meet your colleagues and start building community
- Get motivated for the journey by exploring the discussion group. You can read about past cases and ask questions about your current clinical challenges
- Process versus content: a powerful tool for holding steady when the going gets rough
- Overview of brief assessment: initiating a frank conversation with confident, carefully crafted questions
Module 2: Healthy Sexuality and Sexual Health: Building a Solid Foundation for Treatment
- Learn four components of healthy sexuality and their relevance to therapy
- Explore identifying healthy sexuality with diverse sexual practices
- Explore different meanings clients may have for sex and how/when to normalize sexual expression
- Learn to identify consent violations, even subtle, complex ones that are easy to miss or misunderstand
- Conceptualizing the case: sexual, physical and emotional aspects of sex issues
Module 3: Three-Tier Assessment: identifying and Working with the Issues–Deep Dive Part 1
- Know how to immediately identify and skillfully follow up on the most pressing issues revealed in your initial assessment
- Work effectively with desire issues in multiple contexts, and learn to conceptualize desire issues through the lens of differentiation
- Discover the underlying causes of low or inhibited desire
- Understand how sex pain influences the system, and how to help effectively
Module 4: Three-Tier Assessment: Identifying and Working with the Issues–Deep Dive Part 2
- Learn several approaches to third-tier, in-depth assessment and when to use them
- Catch potentially dangerous issues before they cause harm
- Approach tough arousal and orgasm issues from multiple angles
- Integrate the 3-tier assessment strategy through clinical practice
Module 5: Pelvic Anatomy: Not Just for Reproduction
- Update your knowledge of sexual anatomy. Unless you’re either a sex geek or an anatomy geek, there may be some surprises here!
- Understand sexual function so you can more deeply understand and more effectively work with sexual dysfunction
- Discover how sexual function changes with age, so that you can help your clients build healthy sexual relationships that stay strong over the course of a lifetime
- Bonus: Free video download: Martha provides accurate anatomy information to your clients so you don’t have to memorize!
Module 6: Linear Versus Circular Model of Sex: Indispensable Key to Treating any Sex Issue
- Understand the cultural norm for “sex,” or the Linear Model, and how it creates sexual dysfunction
- Learn how to use the Circular Model to help your clients have a satisfying and fulfilling sex life over the course of a lifespan
- Discuss the pros and cons of self-pleasure as a therapeutic intervention and how to get the benefits without the drawbacks
- Learn hard-to-find accurate information about sex, and debunk myths that keep your clients stuck
Module 7: Supporting Progress with the Linear Versus Circular Model of Sex: Toolbox
- Prepare ahead of time for the pitfalls clients will encounter when exploring this material
- Free your clients from finger pointing and help start a collaborative conversation using the Dual Control Model
- Learn the Initiator/Inquirer process from the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy, a powerful strategy for supporting differentiation
Module 8: Physiology of Arousal: Becoming a Sexual Problem-Solver
- Learn how multiple body systems work together to create healthy sexual function
- Discover three “magic bullets” for improving sexual function
- Understand and share powerful strategies for improving sexual health as both prevention and treatment for sexual dysfunction
- Know how and where an understanding of physiology fits into your treatment plan
Module 9: Desire Discrepancy: Pulling Together your Toolbox and Putting It into Practice
- Tackle even the toughest desire discrepancy problems with finesse and understand how to sort out the physical, emotional, relational, spiritual, and purely sexual aspects of complex sex issues
- Gain confidence working with a wide range of presentations of uneven desire
- Disarm the power struggle and negative feedback loop, to be replaced with collaboration and positive reinforcement
- Identify opportunities for effective psychoeduction and intervention.
- Always have a plan and know how to proceed with confidence
A: I designed my course to bridge the gap between having information and actually using it. To that end, I teach the information you need in order to think more clearly about sex issues, and include practical, effective, immediately-applicable tools you can put to use in your practice. I want you to be able to begin building confidence through experiencing success right from the start. I provide plenty of hard-to-find accurate information about sex, but always in the context of interventions I’m presenting, application to cases, and within a framework of clear case conceptualization.
A: Whether you’re a generalist who wants to nail down the basics of assessing and treating sex issues and expand your practice, or a sex therapist who wants to brush up, learn fresh ways to conceptualize cases, and pick up some new tools for working with complex and overlapping issues, this course has plenty to offer. If you believe sex should be normalized and is important enough to include in therapy, you are the ideal participant. If you work with desire discrepancy and don’t feel as effective as you would like to be, this will also be a great course for you. If you never had any training in doing therapy with sex issues, my course can repair the omission, as it is skills-based as information-dense. If you like to have lots of support, easy access to consultation, and a group of colleagues learning right beside you as you try new things, this course is definitely for you.
A. My course is approved for 20 CEUs from the American Association of Sexuality Counselors, Educators, and Therapists,* with active participation and after completion of a post-test and evaluation. If you want to request CEUs from your own professional organization, you may take the post-test, and I will give you a certificate of completion with a detailed syllabus and learning objectives to support your request. Your professional organization guidelines should give you a good indication of whether they will accept my course and/or AASECT credits for CEUs, but I cannot guarantee or predict the outcome.
A. Not at all. My course will provide you with a lot of accurate information about sex so you will feel confident moving forward. You will need to have some desire to have frank conversations about sex in the service of being effective working with related issues, but my course is entirely suitable for participants with no experience working with sex issues.
Q: What if I already have quite a bit of experience working with sex issues? Will your course still benefit me?
A: I have worked with lots of experienced sex therapists who have gotten value from my course. However, if you have doubts or many years of experience, please send me email and we can discuss your particular circumstances and goals in more detail.