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Advances in Treating Sexual Issues

If you ask clients what they want from sex, they’ll usually tell you pleasure and closeness. But that’s typically not what they actually focus on during sex. Instead, they’re thinking about how they look, what they sound or smell like, what their partner is thinking, etc.—and that’s what often leads to sexual problems. In this recording, we’ll look at how therapists unwittingly collude with clients’ self-defeating sexual narratives, why “sex addiction” is not a helpful model for long-term change, and how our common approaches to sexual problems may lead to better communication but little else.
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Faculty:
Marty Klein
Duration:
3 Hours 56 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Mar 24, 2017

Description

If you ask clients what they want from sex, they’ll usually tell you pleasure and closeness. But that’s typically not what they actually focus on during sex. Instead, they’re thinking about how they look, what they sound or smell like, what their partner is thinking, etc.—and that’s what often leads to sexual problems. In this recording, we’ll look at how therapists unwittingly collude with clients’ self-defeating sexual narratives, why “sex addiction” is not a helpful model for long-term change, and how our common approaches to sexual problems may lead to better communication but little else.

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Outline

Using the Sexual Intelligence approach with couples and individuals. 
  • What do most people want from sex?
  • What do people focus on during sex?
  • What can make sex complicated?
Changing our relationship to sexuality.
  • What ordinary people do.
    • Normalizing?
American culture is sex-negative.
  • Understanding out assumptions about sex.
  • Common clinical assumptions about sex.
  • Our ongoing therapeutic challenge.
Narrative & constructing sexuality.
  • Constructing sexuality.
  • Sexual narratives matter. 
    • Erectile disfunction
  • Changing our narratives. 
    • Sexual function as a means, not an end.
Conditions for enjoying sex.
  • Aspects of conditions. 
Anatomy of sexual arousal. 
  • Sexual disfunction.
Alternative sexual expression.
  • Popular narrative of kinky sex.
  • S/M.
  • Focus on effects of shame, guilt and secrecy rather than pathologizing.
Assessment and function.
  • Dysfunction.
  • Good reasons people don’t enjoy sex.
  • Why people don’t initiate sex.

The most overrated part of sex.
A new vision of sexual function.

  • Sexual intelligence
    • Sexual self-acceptance

Similarities between male and female sexuality.

  • All genders what …
  • All genders are anxious about …
  • All genders believe …

You don’t need to understand “women” or “men”.
Interventions.
Two most practical suggestions. 

  • Communication.
  • Self-acceptance. 

Faculty

Marty Klein, Ph.D. Related seminars and products: 1


Dr. Marty Klein has been a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Certified Sex Therapist for 31 years. A former adjunct instructor at Stanford Medical School, he is the award-winning author of seven books, 100 articles, and 8 sets of training CDs. Marty is regularly featured in the popular media, including The New York Times, Newsweek, Psychology Today, NPR, and Nightline. For 12 years, Marty has written and published Sexual Intelligence, the award-winning blog and electronic newsletter. Marty is outspoken about many popular and clinical ideas about sexuality, decrying our field's gender stereotypes, sex-negativity, and what he calls "the Oprah-ization of therapy." Marty has trained professionals in sexuality in 25 countries, including China, India, Turkey, Morocco, Croatia, and Australia. Audiences consistently describe his seminars as thought provoking, practical, and entertaining.

 

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial:
Marty Klein maintains a private practice. He receives royalties as an author. Dr. Klein receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial:
Marty Klein has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.