Friday & Saturday,
January 29 & 30, 2021
Ian Kerner, Ph.D.
Principles and Practices of Sex Therapy
Ian Kerner, Ph.D., LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist and nationally recognized
sexuality counselor who specializes in sex therapy, couples therapy and
working with individuals on a range of relational issues. He is regularly
quoted as an expert in various media, with recent features in The
New York Times, The
Economist and NPR
amongst others. He contributes regularly on the topic of sex for CNN
Health. Dr. Kerner lectures frequently on topics related to sex and
relationships, with recent appearances at New York University, Yale, Princeton,
Institute and the Psychotherapy
Networker Symposium. He is the New York Times best-selling author
of numerous books, including She
Comes First (Harper Collins) which has been translated into more than
a dozen languages. He is currently working on a new book about sex and
relationships entitled “So...Tell Me About the Last Time You Had
Sex,” which will be published in 2021 by Grand
Central Publishing. Dr. Kerner is the co-director of the sex therapy
program at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, one of the oldest
and most respected not-for-profit institutes in New York.
Virtual Workshop Overview
This 2-day virtual workshop will address milestones in the development
of sex therapy as a clinical practice and delineate models of human sexual
response (both historical and current). We will address therapist self-location
when dealing with both heterosexual and LGBTQ sexual issues and cover
assessment of sexual concerns and case formulation: how to take a sexual
history, conduct a sex-script analysis and use validated scales and measures
to diagnose sex issues. We will incorporate the latest science-based research
informing the treatment of common male and female sexual issues, such
as: hypoactive sexual desire and desire discrepancy, erectile disorder,
premature ejaculation, delayed ejaculation, anorgasmia in women, pain
during sex and problematic sexual behaviors such as excessive use of Internet
pornography and the treatment of paraphilias.
The workshop will include didactic presentation, Q&A, and video
materials. Over the course of two days, we will also 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 and workshop participants will be given the opportunity
to briefly present clinical material for group discussion and feedback.
Main Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Assess the latest science of sexual desire---including spontaneous
vs. responsive desire.
2. List specific interventions to address a client’s lack of desire
or a couple’s desire discrepancy.
3. Explain how to assess for other common sexual problems through a bio-psychosocial
lens, and use specific interventions that target them.
4. Describe how to track and modify the homework throughout the sex therapy
process, using data and feedback from clients to create a diagnostic throughline.
5. Assess for when pornography is a problem in relationships (and when
it’s not), and avoid therapeutic potholes in the process of doing
Friday and Saturday, January 29-30, 2021
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
This workshop will be held virtually; participants may login from anywhere
they have an internet connection. Technical support will be available
to participants upon confirmed registration, the days leading up to the
workshop, and during both days of the workshop.
Early Bird: $300 through November 15, 2020
Regular Rate: $400 starting November 16, 2020
Current students/trainees: Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
to inquire about a discount rate
This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 12 AASECT CE Credits. These CE Credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification.
12 CE credits available: GA Psychologists
12 Core CE credits available: MFT, LPC, LCSW
Alliant International University (AIU) is approved by the American Psychological
Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AIU maintains
responsibility for the program and its content. AIU is approved by the
California Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide continuing education
for MFTs and LCSWs (#PCE234). AIU is approved by the California Board
of Registered Nursing to provide continuing education for nurses (#CEP11235).
AIU is approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to
provide continuing education for counselors.
Some of Dr. Kerner's books