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Clinical Interventions for Sex, Intimacy & Relationship Dilemmas

February 20 – 24, 2023   |   9:00 am – 12:30 pm daily   |   USD$949 / CAD$1,234

Don't miss Tammy's free bonus evening program!

For you, your partner and/or traveling companions
See below for details.

About this workshop

Learn skills and interventions to help clients out of the intimacy impasses that lead to low sex and sexless relationships.

This workshop will explore intimacy and erotic recovery and integrative relationship therapy as it applies to working your most difficult relationship dilemmas.

All clinicians who work with anyone in any type of relationship will learn the skills and interventions to help clients out of the intimacy impasses that can lead to loneliness, frustration, and even infidelity.

We will cover the most common problems in sexual relationships. This includes communication blocks, desire discrepancies, trauma, sexless relationships, sexual dysfunctions, affairs, separation, and divorce. All these problems work with both individual therapy and in relationship counseling.

If you are an individual therapist or someone who needs more training to work with relationship impasses and erotic recovery, this workshop can help. You will walk away with interventions to help any client in a relationship, looking for a relationship, or trying to process their past.

Following an overview of clinical concepts in integrative relationship therapy and sex therapy, we will turn our attention to skills to create safety, increase trust, and build repair. We will explore and learn interventions for sexual, intimate, and emotional concerns that reduce anxieties (for both the client and the therapist).

Specific paradigms we will cover include low sex and no sex marriages, low desire and desire discrepancy, affairs and monogamy breaches, and compulsive sexual behaviors in and out of the marriage. We will also look at how to create and repair open marriage and monogamy agreements.

In addition, this course will cover the fundamentals of erotic recovery and how to work with curiosity and openness. Participants will learn the foundations of sex therapy and the tools of sexual communication, including sexual empathy, validation, and visioning.

Clients who repeat patterns that lead to self-destructive behaviors both in their own lives and with a partner can create frustration for the therapist. They can also trigger countertransference, bias, projection, and even hopelessness. We will use alternative techniques to explore countertransference and therapist self-care to avoid burnout and secondary traumatization.

Based on the latest in research, real life case examples, and over 30 years of clinical practice, this course is for therapists already certified who want an advanced integrative approach plus the latest alternative interventions. This course is also for the beginner clinician who needs tools to use right away in their office.

As we gather in beautiful Cancun, Mexico, after what has been a difficult couple of years for everyone in this field, we will practice self-care and self-healing to revive our spirits and bring a new passion to the work of healing.

Learning Objectives

  • Define integrative relationship therapy and how this applies to positive treatment outcomes with individuals and couples.
  • Review outcomes of relationship therapy and sexuality counseling as they relate to assessment and treatment planning.
  • Evaluate countertransference issues around conflicts in sex and relationships to measure therapeutic effectiveness with clients.
  • Implement interventions for individuals and couples with low sex, no sex or in a sexless marriage, for a positive treatment outcome.
  • Evaluate how pleasure, inhibitory and excitatory sexual desire, and arousal discrepancy can impact individuals in their sexual self-esteem.
  • Assess and measure erotic recovery and sexual empathy to evaluate progress in clients’ level of functioning.
  • Review reflective dialogue and how this behavioral intervention decreases symptoms of stress and anxiety in individual counseling.
  • Review the integrative counseling approach for each phase of treatment, crisis, insight, and vision, to be able to apply clinical interventions in a session.

  • Apply clinical interventions in a practice session based on integrative counseling approach for individuals.

  • Describe how specific behavioral interventions decrease symptoms of relational dilemmas such as betrayal, trauma and infidelity.
  • Explain how to work with new monogamy agreements and how these may inform treatment interventions.
  • Practice intervention of creating a new vision for both therapist and client and evaluate how this informs treatment outcomes.
  • Determine how alternative treatments in therapy affects and impacts overall understanding and awareness of relational health.
  • Describe methods for at least one nonverbal skill to help clients communicate to improve clinical outcomes.
  • Explain how alternative interventions in psychotherapy may be used to for therapists in stressed environments .

CE Credits

This workshop is approved for 16.25 CE hours by Praxis Continuing Education and Training.

This course meets the educational requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 17.5 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information, please contact info@assect.org or go to www.AASECT.org. Please contact your local certifying organization for detailed information.

Esther Perel

Tammy and I have worked together for years, and I did my first ever telecourse with her. Her book ’The New Monogamy’ explores the definition of infidelity, speaking to the many unspoken assumptions we often make in our romantic partnerships. It’s a clear, concise tool for navigating monogamy after a breach of trust.

Esther Perel, psychotherapist, relationship philosopher and New York Times best-selling author
Tammy on her Cancun 2023 workshop
Don't miss Tammy's free evening program!

Thursday, February 23, 2023, at 8:00 pm

Tammy Nelson, a recognized expert in couples’ relationships, is offering a free evening program on… you guessed it… couples’ relationships!

All attendees of both Tammy’s workshop and John Briere’s workshop (plus their partners and/or traveling companions) are invited and eligible to participate in this complimentary, fun and interactive, special bonus event.

This free special evening program with Tammy is not a ‘training’, but rather an enjoyable, lighthearted look at couples today.

Tammy will share more about this complimentary bonus evening program at our opening night reception on Sunday, February 19.

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Additional Workshop Details

Target Audience:
Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and Counseling Psychologists, Psychiatric Social Workers, Pastoral Counselors, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists, Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Counselors, Sex Therapists, Graduate Students in Accredited Programs in these fields

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Daily Workshop Agenda

Time Frame Content (Topics)
9:00 am – 10:15 am Lecture: Introduction
Movement Exercise
Lecture: What is Integrative Relationship Therapy?
Discussion: Post-pandemic love
10:15 am – 10:30 am Morning break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Lecture: erotic recovery
Discussion: sexual empathy; increasing pleasure; inhibitory and excitatory sexual desire
Exercise: Somatic experience
Homework assignment
9:00 am – 10:15 am Lecture: Relationship dilemmas; Leaving, looking, processing
Discussion: Partner selection; What are pleasure disorders?
Exercise: Self-care for healers
10:15 am – 10:30 am Morning break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Case examples: erotic recovery; sexual empathy
Lecture: Increasing pleasure; inhibitory and excitatory sexual desire
Writing Exercise
Somatic experience
Homework assignment
9:00 am – 10:15 am Intro + Review
Yoga stretch
Lecture: Cases – Crisis stage Arguments and threats; Intervention; Insight phase; more difficult issues
Working with affairs
Writing exercise
10:15 am – 10:30 am Morning break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Q&A
Writing Exercise
Group discussion
Dyad Discussion
Exercise: group closure
9:00 am – 10:15 am Intro + review
Exercise: Journaling
Lecture: treating affairs; recovery after infidelity
Discussion: more than forgiveness; the cheater and the cheated on
Case: The unaware client
Intervention discussion: Short-term and ongoing therapy
Writing exercise: Create new and lasting relationship goals
In and out of treatment
10:15 am – 10:30 am Morning break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Exercise: Therapist self-care
Creating a vision
9:00 am – 10:15 am Lecture: Intro + review
Exercise: Journaling
Discussion: Narrative therapy
Exercise: Art
10:15 am – 10:30 am Morning break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Lecture
Dyad exercise
Exercise: Movement
Group discussion
Closing words

*Breaks not applicable for CEs.

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