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Digital Seminar

New Perspectives on Porn: Its Uses and Misuses


Faculty:
IAN KERNER, PhD, LMFT
Duration:
2 Hours 03 Minutes
Copyright:
Mar 21, 2021
Product Code:
NOS096155
Media Type:
Digital Seminar
Access:
Never expires.


Description

True or false: porn desensitizes people to genuine intimacy? Or wait: is porn use a normal, healthy expression of human sexuality? Although porn is a confusing and polarizing topic that can easily trigger therapists’ negative countertransference, Americans visit more porn sites each month than they do Amazon, Netflix, and Twitter combined. Critics say that this just goes to show we’re living in a “porn-addicted” society, but it’s a “porn-phobic” one as well. Regardless, therapists are on the front lines of addressing the effects of porn on self-regulation and relationships. You’ll discover: 

  • How to assess for when porn is a problem in relationships—and when it’s not—and avoid therapeutic potholes in the process 
  • A CBT-based program for helping clients regulate their relationship to porn when it’s problematic 
  • How to explore a client’s self-diagnosis of “porn addict” 
  • A review of “ethical porn” and how it can be used to help with a range of common sexual problems 

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Ian Kerner, Ph.D., LMFT, is a licensed psychotherapist and nationally recognized sexuality counselor who specializes in sex therapy and couples therapy. He's a New York Times best-selling author of multiple books, including She Comes First and Passionista.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Ian Kerner maintains a private practice. He is co-director at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. Dr. Kerner is an author for Harper Collins; and Simon & Schuster and receives royalties. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Ian Kerner is a member of the American Association of Sexuality Therapists, Counselors and Educators (AASECT); the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT); and the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR).
 


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Objectives

  1. Assess for when porn is a problem in relationships and when it’s not, and avoid therapeutic potholes in the process. 
  2. Determine how to handle clients’ self-diagnosis of “porn addict” and work with them to explore the context and assumptions surrounding their self-assessment. 
  3. Analyze the CBT-based program for helping clients regulate their relationship to porn when it’s problematic. 
  4. Evaluate “ethical porn” and how it can be used to help patients with a range of common sexual problems. 

Outline

  • Assess for when porn is a problem in relationships and when it’s not, and avoid therapeutic potholes in the process. 
    • Criteria for discerning when porn contributes to the sexual health of a relationship versus when it undermines sexual health. 
    • Porn use as it relates to attachment styles. 
  • Explain how to handle clients’ self-diagnosis of “porn addict” and work with them to explore the context and assumptions surrounding their self-assessment. 
    • Reviewing the evolution of the sex addiction model to current day. 
    • Assessing when porn is being used maladaptively and is a symptom of other mental health issues. 
  • Describe the CBT-based program for helping clients regulate their relationship to porn when it’s problematic. 
    • Customizing a moderation-management/harm reduction model.
    • Assessing when a higher level of care is required. 
  • Evaluate “ethical porn” and how it can be used to help patients with a range of common sexual problems. 
    • Look at trends in feminist porn, queer porn, couples porn. 
    • Explain criteria for ethical porn and how to use in sex therapy clinically.

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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