Addressing Modern Sexual Issues in Therapy:
Effective Clinical Strategies for an Evolving World
When it comes to sex, the definition of
"mainstream" is changing fast; and clients are disclosing new
relationship and life issues in therapy that weren't on the radar 5 years ago:
••Fifty Shades of Grey brought kinky sex into the open, and into the bedrooms of
millions of people (resulting in a host of "creative differences" in
••High school students are sexting
••National dialogues have raised concerns over the prevalence of rape and need
••Hookup apps and social media have normalized casual sex
••Internet porn is only a smartphone away, affecting work situations and
countless marriages (half of all divorces involve complaints over porn use)
••More couples are deciding to open their relationships up to alternative
lifestyles, including nonmonogamy
••Young people are openly identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, gender
queer, sexually fluid, and a range of other evolving sexual orientations
These situations and countless more are walking into therapists' offices every
day, and most therapists have no training, resources, or guidance on how to
conceptualize or treat these issues.
In this seminar we will delve into how tech, media, and social changes affect
modern sexuality, relationships, and mental health. Myths about these issues
will be dispelled, with attention to ways that therapists can really understand
what these issues mean for their clients. Guidance on assessment, intervention,
and treatment planning is given with lively, entertaining, and exciting
real-world examples and case studies to help prevent over–pathologization of
sexual behaviors, just because they're new, misunderstood, and scary.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
•Describe ways in which sexuality has evolved
alongside modern technology, media, and social changes, including the shifting
and fluid concepts of sexual orientation
•Apply a process to self-identify biases about sex and prevent these biases from
•Discuss strategies to distinguish healthy sexual diversity from sexual symptoms
of emotional disturbance related to PTSD, anxiety, depression, and personality
•Identify when rape, abuse, or domestic violence is masked by BDSM
•Recommend strategies for helping patients and their families understand and
contextualize their sexuality, reducing clients' fear and shame about sexuality,
and marketing to reach kinky patients who need help but fear being shamed
•Evaluate clinical strategies for assessing, treating, and responding to unique,
modern sexual dilemmas
DAVID LEY, PhD, is a licensed psychologist
and internationally recognized expert on issues related to sexuality,
pornography, and mental health. He has served as an expert consultant for
numerous media outlets, appearing with Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, Dr. Phil,
Tom Ashbrook, and Dan Savage. He has also been interviewed in publications
ranging from the LA Times and the London Telegraph, and he has published
extensively in both the academic and pop realms of literature. His books, The
Myth of Sex Addiction (2012) and Insatiable Wives (2009), were revolutionary
explorations of sexual issues which blended a powerful client-centered narrative
with a rich understanding of psychology, biology and sociology.
Dr. Ley has provided treatment around sexuality-related issues for over 20
years, ranging from treatment of sexual offenders to counseling alternative
sexuality couples and individuals. He has consulted with treatment programs
around the world about addressing sexuality issues in their treatment. At the
same time, he is Executive Director of a large behavioral health and substance
abuse outpatient program, and supervises treatment to thousands of patients
every year. As a result, Dr. Ley is able to bring a broad, practical approach to
help mental health clinicians effectively address sexuality-related issues.
"Dr. David Ley knows his stuff! I really enjoyed
learning from him. He is an expert on a subject that needs greater attention and
Krissy Behrman, MA Santa Fe NM
"I gained an openness about sexuality in several
contexts, including my own."
Stephen Ratcliff, MA Albuquerque, NM
"David is a wonderful teacher, a master in his wisdom on the field of sexuality,
and he kept me on the edge of my seat — his style of teaching was wonderful."
Sylvan Schneider, MA Santa Fe, NM
"This class was transformational in helping me become more open, aware,
accepting, and able to understand sexuality and the role of pornography in my
Heather McPherson, MA Austin TX
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
•Marriage and Family Therapists
•Sex Educators and Therapists
CREDITS - CE Approvals
American Nurses Credentialing Center -
Cross Country Education, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing
education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on
Accreditation. This course is offered for 6 contact hours.
American Psychological Association - Cross Country Education is approved
by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for
psychologists. Cross Country Education maintains responsibility for this program
and its content. This program offers 6 CE credits for psychologists. Full
attendance is required to receive credit for psychologist, variable credit for
partial attendance may not be awarded based on the APA guidelines.
Association of Social Work Boards - Cross Country Education provider
#1005, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the
Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing
Education (ACE) program (an approved provider since 1999, approved through
1-27-18). Cross Country Education maintains responsibility for the program.
Social workers will receive 6 Clinical continuing education clock hours for
participating in this course. Licensed social workers should contact their
individual state jurisdiction to review the current continuing education
requirements for licensure renewal. Visit ASWB's website at www.aswb.org for
more information. This educational offering is at the Intermediate level for
California Board of Registered Nursing - Cross Country Education is
approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 16668, for
7.2 contact hours. Full attendance is required to receive credit, variable
credit for partial attendance may not be awarded.
Florida Board of Nursing - Cross Country Education is an approved
provider by the Florida Board of Nursing, provider #50-466. This course is
offered for 6.0 contact hours.
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Iowa Board of Nursing - Cross Country Education is an approved provider
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for 7.2 contact hours.
National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors - This
course has been approved by Cross Country Education, as a NAADAC Approved
Education Provider, for 6 continuing education hours. NAADAC Provider #77600,
Cross Country Education is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
Content includes elements of one of the NAADAC 8 Counselor Skills Group. Full
attendance is required to receive credit, variable credit for partial attendance
may not be awarded based on the NAADAC guidelines.
National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. - Cross Country Education has
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5904. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Cross
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contact hours are being awarded for completion of this program.
NY State Education Department, Office of the
Professions, State Board for Social Work - Cross Country Education, LLC SW
CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for
Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed Social
Workers #0043. This educational offering is acceptable for 6 continuing
education hours. Full attendance is required to receive credit for Social
Workers; variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded based on the
State Board guidelines.
New York State OASAS - This program is pending approval by the New York
State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services for 6 CASAC hours.
Family Development Associates & CE
Certifications - Application has been submitted (but not yet approved) to
the Family Development Associates for Massachusetts and Rhode Island Marriage
and Family Therapists for 6 continuing education hours.
SEMINAR CLASS TIME:
Seminar Check-in: 7:30 AM Seminar Class 8:00 AM -