Health, well-being, and intimate relationships are profoundly affected by sexual concerns. Yet too many health professionals lack specific training to help their clients overcome feelings of sexual inadequacy and move beyond blocks to desire and pleasure. This course looks beyond physical performance goals to explore underlying emotional and spiritual dynamics of sexual experience. Our interactive model incorporates ritual, movement, concrete structure, and the importance of boundaries. We provide case consultation and encourage personal awareness along with innovative practices that offer engaging ways help clients and students with the following processes:
• Identify the four energies that spark sexual desire
• Reframe cultural messages that constrain sexual attitudes
• Address hot-button issues such as gender fluidity, porn use, and affairs
• Connect present sexual impasses to past grief and traumas — with strategies for transforming the effects and outcomes.
This course is designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, family therapists, sexuality therapists, school counselors, and anyone working with students or clients for whom sexual issues may affect health, empowerment, or safety.
Recommended reading: Ogden, Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy and accompanying workbook, Exploring Desire and Intimacy.
For continuing education syllabus, see https://www.esalen.org/expanding-practice-sex-therapy.
CE credit for nurses;
CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs;
CE credit pending for psychologists;