Are You Comfortable, Competent, and Confident
Talking About Sex in Therapy?
If not, I can help.
My 16-week online training can be a transformative journey for any therapist, regardless of specialty. By the end of the training, you will
- Feel comfortable opening the conversation about sex with every client
- Build 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
You will be well supported along the way. The learning experience includes
- 8 teleconference class meetings with me to ask questions and apply course materials through case discussion
- Private online discussion group where you and your colleagues can ask me 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 2017 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.
Class size is limited, and I won’t offer this course again this year.
Enroll now to reserve your spot.
Take the leap. Join me on the journey from “I can’t do that” to “Oh! I see how to do that” to “I can’t believe I’m doing this!” to “Wow.”
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 conference calls with the cohort and me to process material, ask questions personally, and get support when you need it. The conference calls will be recorded for listening later if you are unable to attend in person.
- A private online discussion group to share the journey, discuss material, share links to resources, give and get feedback, and form community with your cohort and me.
- 20 CEUs approved from the Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, following a post-test.
- A detailed syllabus, learning objectives, and post-test which you can use to request your own professional organization grant you 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.
Nobody should pay for something they feel isn’t benefiting them. If at any time during the first 8 weeks 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: becoming a therapist who can help with sex–why and how.
- 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.
- 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 when to go beyond the brief assessment and how to do so with skill using the second-tier tool.
- Work effectively with desire issues in multiple contexts.
- 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.
- Identify potentially dangerous issues and make appropriate referrals.
- Work with arousal and orgasm issues through multiple entry points.
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 work with dysfunction.
- Free downloadable video: Martha provides hard-to-find 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 the Circular Model and how to teach it.
- 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
- How to help with the pitfalls clients will encounter when exploring this material
- Learn how the Dual Control Model can free your clients from finger pointing and start a collaborative conversation.
- Learn the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy’s Initiator/Inquirer process, a powerful tool 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.
- Understand and share powerful strategies for improving sexual health when clients experience 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
- Gain confidence helping clients with a wide range of uneven desire presentations.
- 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 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.
A: If you believe sex should be normalized and is important enough to include in therapy, and you are willing to step out of your comfort zone and try out some new skills, you are the ideal participant. If you work with desire discrepancy or any other sex issue and don’t feel effective enough, this will also be a great course for you. If you never had any training in doing therapy with sex issues, my course can really help, as it is skills-based as well as providing lots of information. If you prefer to try out new material and skills with lots of support, this course is for you.
A. My course is approved for 20 CEUs from the Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 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 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.