Skip to main content
Not Found
Digital Seminar

Advances in Treating Sexual Issues

Marty Klein, PhD
3 Hours 56 Minutes
Mar 24, 2017
Product Code:
Media Type:
Digital Seminar
Never expires.


If you ask clients what they want from sex, they’ll usually tell you pleasure and closeness. But that’s typically not what they actually focus on during sex. Instead, they’re thinking about how they look, what they sound or smell like, what their partner is thinking, etc.—and that’s what often leads to sexual problems. In this recording, we’ll look at how therapists unwittingly collude with clients’ self-defeating sexual narratives, why “sex addiction” is not a helpful model for long-term change, and how our common approaches to sexual problems may lead to better communication but little else.


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 3.5 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



Marty Klein, PhD Related seminars and products

Dr. Marty Klein has been a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Certified Sex Therapist for 31 years. A former adjunct instructor at Stanford Medical School, he is the award-winning author of seven books, 100 articles, and 8 sets of training CDs. Marty is regularly featured in the popular media, including The New York Times, Newsweek, Psychology Today, NPR, and Nightline. For 12 years, Marty has written and published Sexual Intelligence, the award-winning blog and electronic newsletter. Marty is outspoken about many popular and clinical ideas about sexuality, decrying our field's gender stereotypes, sex-negativity, and what he calls "the Oprah-ization of therapy." Marty has trained professionals in sexuality in 25 countries, including China, India, Turkey, Morocco, Croatia, and Australia. Audiences consistently describe his seminars as thought provoking, practical, and entertaining.


Speaker Disclosures:
Marty Klein maintains a private practice. He receives royalties as an author. Dr. Klein receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Marty Klein has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.



  1. Explore how to challenge common sexual myths, such as that male and female sexuality are more different than similar, orgasm is the best part of sex, and sex should be natural and spontaneous
  2. Explore how to help partners explore and identify good reasons they don’t desire each other—and resolve these issues so desire can return
  3. Explore how to guide clients in ways to increase their sexual satisfaction without changing their sexual functioning
  4. Explore how to help clients understand their sexual decisions, accept responsibility for them, and change them if they wish


Using the Sexual Intelligence approach with couples and individuals. 
  • What do most people want from sex?
  • What do people focus on during sex?
  • What can make sex complicated?
Changing our relationship to sexuality.
  • What ordinary people do.
    • Normalizing?
American culture is sex-negative.
  • Understanding out assumptions about sex.
  • Common clinical assumptions about sex.
  • Our ongoing therapeutic challenge.
Narrative & constructing sexuality.
  • Constructing sexuality.
  • Sexual narratives matter. 
    • Erectile disfunction
  • Changing our narratives. 
    • Sexual function as a means, not an end.
Conditions for enjoying sex.
  • Aspects of conditions. 
Anatomy of sexual arousal. 
  • Sexual disfunction.
Alternative sexual expression.
  • Popular narrative of kinky sex.
  • S/M.
  • Focus on effects of shame, guilt and secrecy rather than pathologizing.
Assessment and function.
  • Dysfunction.
  • Good reasons people don’t enjoy sex.
  • Why people don’t initiate sex.

The most overrated part of sex.
A new vision of sexual function.

  • Sexual intelligence
    • Sexual self-acceptance

Similarities between male and female sexuality.

  • All genders what …
  • All genders are anxious about …
  • All genders believe …

You don’t need to understand “women” or “men”.
Two most practical suggestions. 

  • Communication.
  • Self-acceptance. 

Target Audience

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

Please wait ...

Back to Top