Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Sexual Problems
--Updated for 2020--

It isn't just what you think, but how you think about sex that can make the difference between enjoying yourself or being upset. Find out what the research says and how you can apply it when patients seek help for sexual concerns.
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Course Introduction

Program Content
In this course you will learn cognitive behavioral therapy for sexual problems. The first part of the course focuses on the automatic negative thoughts and sexual schemas that are held by people about their sexuality. These negative thoughts often lead to performance anxiety and low self-esteem or feelings of inadequacy. The second part concerns the infamous sensate focus activity first developed by Masters & Johnson. This touching activity is quite versatile and can be used to help alleviate a variety of sexual problems. The third part concerns the application of mindfulness in the treatment of sexual disorders in women, which has a body of research behind it that was created by Dr. Lori Brotto.

Intended Audience
This course is recommended both as an introduction to the topic as well as an update for more experienced practitioners of sex and relationship therapy.

Course Objectives
As a result of taking this course, you will be able to:
1. Use a CBT approach to assessment and treatment of female sexual problems. (Area A)
2. Use a CBT approach to assessment and treatment of male sexual problems. (Area A)
3. Use formal CBT questionnaires in the assessment of male sexual disorders. (Area B)
4. Apply Sensate Focus activities to the treatment of psychosexual disorders. (Area B)
5. Utilize Sensate Focus activities to create sexual intimacy as described by Masters & Johnson. (Area C)
6. Describe the application of mindfulness in assessing sexual problems. (Area A)
7. Describe the role of mindfulness in treating psychosexual disorders, including gynecological cancer. (Area D)

Total CE Hours: 6
*If seeking AASECT certification, these hours may count as follows in the Sex Therapy section of educational requirements:
Area A: 2 hours
Area B: 2 hours
Area C: 1 hour
Area D: 1 hour

Exam and Evaluation
You are required to take an exam to demonstrate that you read and understood the material. This course contains an exam after each of the three course sections, followed by an evaluation. You will have three tries on each exam to pass at 80% or better. Once you complete the course evaluation, you will be able to automatically download your certificate of completion.

Fine Print
Psychologists: TBI is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TBI maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

Registered Nurses: TBI is an approved provider of continuing education by the Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP 16394.

AASECT Member: TBI is approved by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists to provide continuing education units toward certification as a Sex Therapist or Counselor, Provider # 12-13-Q.

Registration Requirements
Purchase this course by clicking on the "Enroll" button.
Privacy statement: We will never distribute your information to anyone.

Refund/Cancellation Policy
All requests for refund must be made in writing within 7 days of purchasing the course.

Course Author
Dr. Stephanie Buehler is a licensed psychologist, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and author of several books including What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know About Sex, 2nd Ed. For more information, please see below.
Program Content
In this course you will learn cognitive behavioral therapy for sexual problems. The first part of the course focuses on the automatic negative thoughts and sexual schemas that are held by people about their sexuality. These negative thoughts often lead to performance anxiety and low self-esteem or feelings of inadequacy. The second part concerns the infamous sensate focus activity first developed by Masters & Johnson. This touching activity is quite versatile and can be used to help alleviate a variety of sexual problems. The third part concerns the application of mindfulness in the treatment of sexual disorders in women, which has a body of research behind it that was created by Dr. Lori Brotto.
Intended Audience
This course is recommended both as an introduction to the topic as well as an update for more experienced practitioners of sex and relationship therapy.
Course Objectives
As a result of taking this course, you will be able to:
1. Use a CBT approach to assessment and treatment of female sexual problems. (Area A)
2. Use a CBT approach to assessment and treatment of male sexual problems. (Area A)
3. Use formal CBT questionnaires in the assessment of male sexual disorders. (Area B)
4. Apply Sensate Focus activities to the treatment of psychosexual disorders. (Area B)
5. Utilize Sensate Focus activities to create sexual intimacy as described by Masters & Johnson. (Area C)
6. Describe the application of mindfulness in assessing sexual problems. (Area A)
7. Describe the role of mindfulness in treating psychosexual disorders, including gynecological cancer. (Area D)
Total CE Hours: 6
*If seeking AASECT certification, these hours may count as follows in the Sex Therapy section of educational requirements:
Area A: 2 hours
Area B: 2 hours
Area C: 1 hour
Area D: 1 hour
Exam and Evaluation
You are required to take an exam to demonstrate that you read and understood the material. This course contains an exam after each of the three course sections, followed by an evaluation. You will have three tries on each exam to pass at 80% or better. Once you complete the course evaluation, you will be able to automatically download your certificate of completion.
Fine Print
Psychologists: TBI is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TBI maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
Registered Nurses: TBI is an approved provider of continuing education by the Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP 16394.
AASECT Member: TBI is approved by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists to provide continuing education units toward certification as a Sex Therapist or Counselor, Provider # 12-13-Q.
Registration Requirements
Purchase this course by clicking on the "Enroll" button.
Privacy statement: We will never distribute your information to anyone.
Refund/Cancellation Policy
All requests for refund must be made in writing within 7 days of purchasing the course.
Course Author
Dr. Stephanie Buehler is a licensed psychologist, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and author of several books including What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know About Sex, 2nd Ed. For more information, please see below.