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Talking About Sex with Every Client: What Every Clinician Needs to Know
Talking About Sex with Every Client: What Every Clinician Needs to Know


When:  Friday, January 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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How can it be that you know you should be talking about sex with your client, yet you just don’t find yourself doing it?

Clients expect therapists to initiate informed, confident and relevant discussions about sex, yet many therapists unwittingly hinder this expectation. Clinicians often don’t have the mentoring or training that would allow them to talk confidently about sex. Too often, the solution to this gap is to avoid the sexual health conversation altogether or refer clients to the local sex expert. Unfortunately, this often means that the conversation never happens or, worse, that the client begins to believe that sex only gets talked about when there is a crisis, or when someone has been hurt.

This workshop is designed for clinicians of all levels who want to build their confidence and willingness to initiate and facilitate sexual wellness conversations with their clients. Sex expert and therapist, Douglas Braun-Harvey, will provide you with multiple tools that enable you to focus therapy on the healthy aspects of sex. You will walk away from this workshop being able to:

  • Understand how the six fundamentals of sexual health provide touchstones for co-constructing conversations about sex
  • Apply these fundamental conversation tools in individual, couple, family, and group psychotherapy
  • Move past both therapist and client natural struggle to talk about sex
  • Identify common client sexual worries, problems and disorders
  • Integrate sexual well-being assessment tools to improve diagnosis and treatment planning
The goal is for you to leave with specific tools and interpersonal skills that increase your personal and professional confidence in talking about sex!

  1. Discuss current international conceptualizations of sexual health.
  2. Summarize six fundamental principles of sexual health.
  3. Measure current level of therapist comfort and willingness to engage in sexual health conversations.
  4. Identify common therapist and client barriers to sexual health conversation.
  5. Explain essential elements of effective psychotherapeutic sexual health conversations.
  6. Implement skills that increase confidence and willingness to engage in sexual health discussions in individual, couples, family and group psychotherapy.
  7. Describe how to formulate client development of their personal vision of their sexual health.

Avoiding Sex Talk in Psychotherapy?
  • Therapist avoidance of sex talk
  • Client avoidance of sex talk
  • The problem with avoiding sex talk
  • Assessing current level of preparation for talking about sex
Sexual Health Conversations
  • The six “S’s”: Common behavior patterns to avoid talking about sex
  • Managing your anxiety when talking about sex
  • Do you suffer from “premature evaluation”?
What is Sexual Health?
  • Definitions of sexual health
  • Cultural and moral foundations within sexual health
  • Sexual health value systems
Why Sexual Health?
  • Self-reflection on personal sexual health
  • Client self-reflection on their sexual health
  • Improve treatment outcomes through sexual health conversation
Six Fundamentals of sexual health
  • Consent
  • Non-exploitation
  • Protected from HIV, STI’s and unplanned or unwanted pregnancy
  • Honesty
  • Shared Values
  • Pleasure
Fundamentals of Sexual Health Conversation
  • Suspending judgment
  • Affirm sexual pleasure
  • Sexuality as a central and basic human need
  • Behavior/symptoms as attempt to address a sexual worry or concern
  • Stage of readiness for sexual health change
Key Sexual Health Conversation Skills
  • Establish psychological safety
  • Suspend judgment about sexual practices
  • Process Here/Now sexual health moments in therapy
  • Frame therapy content within sexual health principles
  • Block interference with sexual health conversation
  • Therapist transparency
  • Sexual health conversation in individual therapy, couples and group therapy
  • Three Sexual Health Conversation skills for Interns and Supervisees


Douglas Braun-Harvey, MFT, CGP, CST, is a sexual health author, trainer and psychotherapist. He bridges sexual and mental health and facilities organizational change. In 2013 he co-founded The Harvey Institute, an international education, training, consulting and supervision service for improving healthcare through integration of sexual health.

Braun-Harvey teaches and trains nationally and internationally linking sexual health principles within individual, couples and group psychotherapy, drug and alcohol treatment, HIV prevention and treatment, child welfare, reproductive health and prevention of child maltreatment.

Since 1993 he has been developing and implementing a sexual health based treatment approach for men with out of control sexual behavior (OCSB). His new book Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction written with co-author Michael Vigorito was published in 2015. Previous publications include Sexual Health in Recovery: Professional Counselor’s Manual (2011) and Sexual Health in Drug and Alcohol Treatment: Group Facilitator’s Manual (2009)

Mr. Braun-Harvey is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Group Psychotherapist and Certified Sex Therapist. He serves as treasurer of AASECT and is honored, as an alumni of the University of Minnesota, to join their Leadership Council for the Program in Human Sexuality in which he is a founding donor of the Doug Braun-Harvey Fellowship in Compulsive Sexual Behavior. He has been providing sexual health-based individual and group therapy in his San Diego private practice for almost 30 years.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Douglas Braun-Harvey is co-founder of The Harvey Institute, Inc. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Douglas Braun-Harvey has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
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