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What's New with Sex?: Expanding and Exploring the Therapeutic Comfort Zone

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Dr. Tammy Nelson, PhD
3 Hours 46 Minutes
Mar 10, 2022
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Working with sexuality and erotic behaviour can challenge a therapist’s biases and countertransference around intimacy and relationships. This session will explore ways that therapists can face their own concerns and ask questions about anything sexual. It explores the idea of sex clubs, BDSM, and polyamory. You'll also look at the impact of technology on sexual behaviour, with the advent of sex robots, teledildonics, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality. Intense and fun, this session will include videos, expert speakers, and small-group discussion to help therapists face their own preconceived notions around sexuality and modern eroticism. You’ll explore:

  • Your own sex-related stereotypes, resistance, confusion, and shame in order to create a safe, nonjudgmental environment for clients
  • How to expand your ability to communicate about sexual issues in therapy, and help clients create new personal experiences for pleasure and growth
  • Alternative sexual practices, including swinging, consensual nonmonogamy, Dom/sub relationships, fetishes, and BDSM
  • Ways to process triggers and concerns that may be activated by unconventional sexual behaviour



This online program is worth 4 hours CPD.

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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

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  1. Assess your own sex-related stereotypes, resistance, curiosity, guilt, and shame to create a safe, comfortable, and nonjudgmental environment for clients.
  2. Evaluate the ways in which technology is changing sexuality for your clients, including robotics, teledildonics, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality.
  3. Catalogue the range of behaviors your clients might bring up in session, including online sex, open relationships, non-monogamy, polyamory and swinging.
  4. Assess responses and any vicarious trauma that may be triggered by issues around pornography, unconventional sexual behavior, sex tech and other fringe erotic practices, in order to improve clinical outcomes.
  5. Demonstrate how to communicate about sexual issues in the consulting room and ask questions therapeutically.
  6. Practice at least 2 effective ways to help clients create new personal pathways for pleasure and in their relationships.


  • Intro
  • Beliefs about sex and relationships
  • Videos - fetishes/BDSM
  • Countertransference exercise
  • Small dyadic process
  • Impact of technology on sexual behavior
  • Lecture on sex robots, teledildonics, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality
  • Alternative sexual practices
  • Discussion - open relationships/nonmonogamy
  • Q&A - sexual issues in the consulting room/triggers
  • Closing

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals



Overall:      4.7

Total Reviews: 29

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