Ian Kerner

327 – The Sexually Well-Informed Clinician

Going beyond Masters and Johnson
IAN KERNER

Did you know that the clitoris has 18 different parts that each play a role in sexual function? Or that men regularly experience three different types of erections? Knowledge is power, and nowhere is that truer than in the practice of sex therapy at a time when the science of sexuality is expanding exponentially. In this workshop, you’ll learn how the latest advances in sexual science can guide your treatment planning and extend your therapeutic effectiveness with issues of desire, arousal, and orgasm. We’ll focus on how to:

  • Connect with your clients around “hard to talk about” sex issues and build a therapeutic alliance that will encourage them to open up
  • Assess for a range of presenting issues, including low desire, mismatched libido, premature ejaculation, erectile disorder, delayed ejaculation, among others
  • Formulate a sex therapy case and develop a treatment plan that integrates insight-based psychotherapy, CBT, experiential exercises, and homework assignments
  • Understand the latest research on issues like spontaneous vs. responsive desire, arousal noncordance, dual control model, and sexual fluidity.

Ian Kerner, PhD, LMFT, is a nationally recognized sex therapist and former writer of a weekly column for CNN Health. He’s also the author of She Comes First and Passionista.

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521 – New Perspectives on Porn

Its Uses and Misuses
IAN KERNER

True or false: porn desensitizes people to genuine intimacy? Or wait, true or false: porn use is a normal, healthy expression of human sexuality? Porn is a confusing and polarizing topic that can easily trigger therapists’ negative counter-transference. But the fact is that people in the United States visit more porn sites each month than they do Amazon, Netflix, and Twitter combined. Critics of porn will tell us that all this just goes to show we’re living in a “porn-addicted” society, but we’re living in a “porn-phobic” one as well. As therapists, we’re on the front lines of helping clients address effects of porn on self-regulation and relationships. In this workshop, you’ll learn:

  • How to assess for when porn is a problem and when it’s not, and avoid therapeutic potholes in the process
  • How to handle your clients’ self-diagnosis of “porn addict” and work with them to explore the context and assumptions surrounding their self-assessment
  • A CBT-based program for helping clients regulate their relationship to porn when it’s problematic

Ian Kerner, PhD, LMFT, is a nationally recognized sex therapist and former writer of a weekly column for CNN Health. He’s also the author of She Comes First and Passionista.

 

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