Let’s Talk About Sex: Issues of Desire and Dysfunction in Clinical Practice by Alexandra Katehakis, Ph.D., LMFT

  • October 17, 2018
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • The University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Registration

  • This is the standard rate for non- SB CAMFT members and guests.
  • This special discounted rate is a SB CAMFT member benefit available to current members of the Santa Barbara CAMFT Chapter.

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Our luncheon is generously sponsored by Mission Harbor Behavioral Health

The topic of sex can be a “dirty little secret” in couple therapy especially when therapists don’t bring it up. This presentation will focus on how when and how to broach the topic of sex to assist couples in reducing shame about the conversation and in having more explicit discussions about their sexual concerns and desires. Issues such as how to approach low sexual desire or sexual dysfunction, whether sexual fantasies have a place in relationships, and how to get couples talking about what they like sexually are examples of the kind of discussion that will take place.

Participants will understand the definition of sexuality according to the World Association of Sexual Health and consider that couple sexuality is informed by the broader culture and the culture of their youth. Finally, we’ll examine how personal values assist in the construction of a positive sexuality.

Learning Objectives
  • Increase therapist comfort (hard to measure comfort) in talking about sex and sexuality in the therapeutic setting by recognizing how to elicit the presenting sexual problem , as evidenced by knowledge of 2 appropriate clinical interventions
  • Describe three components of sexual health including the ability to talk about sex and sexuality; identify cultural concerns; understand consent; discuss masturbation and fantasy.
  • Assist clients in identifying? 2-3 individual and shared values as it applies to partner-relational sex.


Alexandra Katehakis, Ph.D., L.M.F.T. is Clinical Director of the Center for Healthy Sex in Los Angeles. She is a Clinical Sexologist, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist/Supervisor and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist/Supervisor specializing in the treatment of sexual disorders. Dr. Katehakis is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows, faculty for the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals, and the 2012 Carnes Award recipient.


She is author of Sexual Reflections: A Workbook for Designing and Celebrating Your Sexual Health Plan (2018), Sex Addiction As Affect Dysregulation: A Neurobiologically Informed Holistic Treatment, (2016), co-author of the award winning Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence (2014), contributing author to Making Advances: A Comprehensive Guide for Treating Female Sex and Love Addicts, in M. Ferree (Ed.), (2012), and author of Erotic Intelligence: Igniting Hot Healthy Sex While in Recovery From Sex Addiction (2010).

 


Big thank you to our luncheon sponsor: Mission Harbor Behavioral Health

Please Note:

  • Attendees will earn 1.5 CEUs 
  • Attendees must register and pay in advance in order to attend
  • Your registration includes a delicious lunch buffet. Please contact the Events Director if you have special dietary needs or grievances at events@santabarbaratherapy.org 
  • You are welcome to park in the University Club parking lot in unreserved spaces
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodates attendees with disabilities in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Event is ADA Compliant.
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