Assessing and Treating Sexual Problems in Psychotherapy

Sexual problems in relationships are common. At one time or another all mental health professionals will work with clients who are struggling with sexual issues. Although therapists may not specialize in sex therapy, they need to develop a degree of proficiency in treating sexual issues so that they can meet the needs of clients. This course provides therapists with interventions that they can use to help individuals and couples overcome sexual problems. The content of this continuing education program is adapted from What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know About Sex. Used by permission of Springer Publishing Company, LLC.

Target audience: Psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, nurses

This CE course is designated as intermediate.


Learning Objectives

Upon completing this program, you should be able to:

  • Explain why both therapists and clients are reluctant to talk about sex
  • Discuss how therapists can become more comfortable in talking with clients about sexual problems
  • Assess clients for sexual problems using an ecosystemic approach
  • Use interventions that help women with problems related to arousal, orgasm, and low desire
  • Apply techniques that help men with problems such as erectile dysfunction and sexual desire
  • Assist couples struggling with sexual dissatisfaction
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  • Part 1: Sexuality and the Mental Health Profession
  • Part 2: Making the Shift: Comfort With Sexuality
  • Part 4: Women’s Sexual Health Problems
  • Part 5: Men’s Sexual Problems
  • Part 6: Common Problems in Couples Sex Therapy
  • Part 7: Bibliography
  • CE Test
  • Evaluation

Stephanie Buehler, MPW, PsyD, CST-S, is a licensed psychologist and AASECT-certified sex therapist / supervisor. She is a graduate of UCLA, USC, Pepperdine University, and Alliant / California School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Buehler is the author of Sex, Love, and Mental Illness: A Couple's Guide to Staying Connected and What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know About Sex. She is the founder and director of the Buehler Institute in Newport Beach, California, where she provides sex therapy to individuals and couples and continuing education for professionals.

APA approved, Yo! At Health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. At Health maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

At Health is an approved provider of the California Board of Behavior Sciences (PCE 3319). These courses meet the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

At Health is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (CA BRN), Provider # CEP 15512.

California Licensed Vocational Nurses and California Psychiatric Technicians can take online courses by California Board of Registered Nursing (CA BRN) approved providers, such as At Health, to fulfill their CE requirements.

NBCC approved, Yo! At Health, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6719. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  At Health, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Programs are available for continuing education credit for social workers through the co-sponsorship of At Health, Inc., and Amedco, LLC.  Amedco, #1346, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Amedco maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 6/24/2016 to 6/24/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. The following recognize the ASWB program: AB, AK, AL, AR, AZ, BC, CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA (PA requires that courses be at least 2 credits), RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, and WY.  Participants must pass a posttest with a score of 80% or higher and complete an attendance/evaluation form in order to receive a certificate of completion/attendance.

Athealth.com is an approved provider of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, provider #908.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social work in Arkansas.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, master's level psychologists, licensed clinical psychotherapists, and alcohol and other drug abuse counselors in Kansas.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for mental health practice and for social work in Nebraska.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for psychologists, pastoral psychotherapists, clinical social workers, clinical mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and alcohol and drug abuse counselors in New Hampshire.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social workers, professional counselors, marital and family therapists, and clinical pastoral therapists in Tennessee.

NAADAC_logoAthealth.com is approved as a continuing education provider by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Provider #148460 (Exp. August 1, 2017).

The above CE sponsorships are honored by many additional state boards of social work, marriage and family therapy, and licensed professional counseling. Some restrictions may apply. Check with your state board or certifying organization to find out if online courses or home study are accepted as part of your continuing education requirement for license renewal or re-certification, or call At Health at 888-284-3258 for information regarding CE approvals.

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