United States of America
Sexual Intelligence: Cybersex, Kinky Sex, Pornography, & "Sex Addiction"
Marty Klein, Ph.D
March 17, 2012
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We all have cases now that didn't exist 20 years ago. Cases increasingly involve sadomasochism, swinging, role-playing, cybersex, and internet porn. As members of a sex-negative society, therapists and social scientists are vulnerable to stereotyping and judgments, even taking sides—which can undermine our effectiveness.
For example, couples counseling typically uses a discourse that pathologizes porn use while legitimizing the grievances of the consumer's partner. This culturally syntonic, monogamy-valorizing approach has led to the explosion of "porn addiction" diagnoses; demands that spouses stop using porn; and increased secrecy—without a corresponding increase in partners' sexual/relationship satisfaction. But there's little discussion of how couples' conflict over pornography can also be a displacement of other issues, such as masturbation, sexual boredom, and fears of aging.
Similarly, the "sex addiction" concept offers a structured approach that soothes the professional's anxiety. But when patients describe themselves as "out of control," it's often more powerful to see them as disliking the consequences of their sexual decisions—while rejecting the pain of making different choices.
Participants will learn to interpret, influence, and treat sexual decision-making—without stripping sex of its richness and adulthood. Participants will also be exposed to innovative ways to think about sexual expression, and sex-related issues in medicine, law, and public policy.
Dr. Marty Klein has been a Marriage & Family Therapist, Sex Therapist, and Sociologist for 30 years. He is the author of 7 books about sexuality, including America's War On Sex, honored as Book of the Year by AASECT.
Marty doesn't just treat sexual problems—he formulates new ways to think about the culture that spawns sexual problems, and the ways in which psychology, medicine, and the legal profession collude with pathology-based narratives that keep professionals stuck. Whether on 20/20, in The New Yorker, or testifying in federal court, Marty fiercely challenges America's most basic assumptions about sexuality.
Marty's new book is Sexual Intelligence; Psychology Today calls it "unflinching," and encourages subscribers to "read this if you want to improve your sex life." Marty's seminars are consistently practical, thought-provoking, and entertaining, so you'll be laughing while you're learning.
Educational objectives * to learn how to diagnose & treat impulsive and compulsive sexual decision-making * to learn the typical dynamics of individuals & couples regarding conflict about pornography use * to increase one's comfort and skill in dealing with "alternative" sexual expression such as BDSM, consensual non-monogamy, and erotic role-playing * to learn the limitations & disadvantages of the "sex addiction" model * to learn the existential implications of various sexual decision-making and belief systems