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Sex in Psychotherapy

alt Course: Sex in Psychotherapy:
      Sexuality, Passion, Love and Desire
      in the Therapeutic Encounter

alt Instructor: Lawrence E. Hedges, Ph.D., Psy.D., ABPP

alt Approved for 5 Hours of CE Credit

alt Fulfills requirements for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs

alt High Resolution Video and Downloadable Slides

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Five Hours Continuing Education

Issues surrounding sex, sexuality, gender, and gender identity are ubiquitous in the practice of psychotherapy.  Most therapists have little access to the burgeoning research and expanding theories regarding these topics.  This course defines eight (8) contemporary perspectives for illuminating sexualities as they appear in various kinds of erotic and eroticized encounters in life and in psychotherapy. Published case vignettes provide models for handling a variety of sexual issues as they arise in practice while the three (3) in-depth case studies focus on the development of erotic transference, resistance, and countertransference with various possibilities for clinical understanding and response.

Course Objectives

Overall goal: To help you identify areas of high risk in advance and know how to take appropriate preventative measures. Completion of the 5-hour course will enhance your ability to:

  • To learn eight (8) different perspectives from which to listen to issues of sex and sexuality.
  • To know how the “ethnosexual frontier” links sexuality and ethnicity.
  • To learn Foucault’s argument regarding the linkage of power and sexuality.
  • To learn how post-modernism and constructionism affect our understanding of sex and sexuality.
  • To learn how sexual encounters in therapy reveal transference and countertransference issues.
  • To know the implications of early infant-caregiving interactions for the development of later sexuality.
  • To learn the fundamentals of intersubjective and relational approaches to psychotherapy.

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CE Approval Information

This course fulfills 5 hours of Continuing Education credit for licensed mental health professionals in most states.

  • Approved for California Board of Behaviorial Sciences (BBS) licensed  MFTs, LCSWs, and Licensed Professional  Counselors.
  • The Steve Frankel Group, LLC (SFG), is an organization, institution, or association, recognized by the BBS as a continuing education provider, because SFG is approved by the American Psychological Association as an approved provider of CE credits.