Tough Topics in Couples Therapy: Class-by-Class Description

Course: Tough Topics in Couples Therapy

  • Classes: 11 two-hour classes; Tuesdays 12:30 – 2:30 pm; Jan. 17 – Apr. 4, 2017
  • CEs: 22 Continuing Education hours for LMFTs, psychologists, LMHCs, and LICSWs
  • Cost: $550

2017 Class-by-Class Description [some content may change]

  1. JAN 17 / Sexuality, part 1: talking about sex in therapy; what’s normal and who cares?; how to help clients customize their sexual interactions; debunking sex myths; sexual mindsets: performance vs. pleasure vs. intimacy
  2. JAN 24 / Sexuality, part 2: core erotic themes; peak sexual experiences; understanding 3 major sexual styles; unconventional sexual interests (kink / BDSM); unconventional relationship structures (polyamory); mixed-orientation relationships
  3. JAN 31 / Affairs, part 1: what to do first to stop the bleeding; affairs and trauma; using structure to keep clients on track; 3-stage approach for working with affairs, part 1 (absorb impact)
  4. FEB 7 / Affairs, part 2: 3-stage approach for working with affairs, part 2 (construct shared understanding) and part 3 (decide how to move forward); affair-like situations; affairs and countertransference
  5. FEB 14 / Stepfamilies: insider/outsider positions; softening loyalty binds; recognizing and validating losses; managing speed of change; parenting and polarization; creating a new family culture; fostering relationships with ex-partners
  6. FEB 28 / Sex therapy, part 1: what is sex therapy? most common issue: partners with different levels of sexual desire; the classic sex therapy exercise: sensate focus; incorporating masturbation into partnered sexual activity
  7. MAR 7 / Sex therapy, part 2: key sex technology and tools; helping men get and maintain erections; helping women experience strong, reliable orgasms; health-related issues that affect sexuality; power dynamics in sex
  8. MAR 14 / Emotional and physical abuse, part 1: assessing abuse; assessing risk level; using structure to maximize safety; ethical and legal issues
  9. MAR 21 / Emotional and physical abuse, part 2: structured time-outs; impact of substance abuse; abuse and countertransference
  10. MAR 28 / Neurodiverse relationships: working with relationships when one partner is on the autistic spectrum; “neurodiverse” not “neuro-worse”
  11. APR 4 / Addictions: couples therapy as a modality to treat addiction
  12. APR 11 / Potluck party / Make-up date