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Addressing Modern Sexual Issues in Therapy: Effective Clinical Strategies for an Evolving World
Addressing Modern Sexual Issues in Therapy: Effective Clinical Strategies for an Evolving World

Where:   DULUTH, MN

When:  Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

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When it comes to sex, the definition of “mainstream” is changing – fast – and clients are disclosing new relationship and life issues in therapy that weren’t on the radar 5 years ago:
• Fifty Shades of Grey brought kinky sex into the open, and into the bedrooms of millions of people (resulting in a host of “creative differences” in relationships)
• High school students are going to jail for sexting
• Sexting, sexual behavior problems, and casual sex are affecting national politics
• Internet porn is only a smartphone away, affecting work situations and countless marriages (half of all divorces involve complaints over porn use)
• More couples are opening their relationships up to alternative lifestyles, including nonmonogamy
• Young people are openly identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, gender queer, sexually fluid, and a range of other evolving sexual orientations

These situations and countless more are walking into therapists’ offices every day, and most therapists have no training, resources, or guidance on how to conceptualize or treat these issues.

In this seminar we will delve into how tech, media, and social changes affect modern sexuality, relationships, and mental health. Guidance on assessment, intervention, and treatment planning is given with lively, entertaining, and exciting real-world examples and case studies to help prevent over-pathologization of sexual behaviors, just because they’re new, misunderstood, or scary. Therapists will learn to support their clients in developing sexual integrity through self-understanding and acceptance.
  • Describe how sexuality has evolved alongside modern technology, media, and social changes

  • Define “pansexuality” and other fluid concepts of sexual orientation and identify how to support transgender children, teens, and their families

  • Develop an increase in clients’ sexual integrity and self-control through self-understanding and shame reduction

  • Discuss strategies to distinguish healthy sexual diversity from sexual symptoms of emotional disturbance related to PTSD, anxiety, depression, and personality disorders

  • Recommend techniques for helping patients and their families understand and contextualize their sexuality, reducing clients’ fear and shame about sexuality

  • Apply a nonjudgmental diagnostic framework towards a patient’s sexual interests and behaviors

  • Evaluate clinical strategies for assessing, treating, and responding to unique, modern sexual dilemmas

  • Psychologists

  • Social Workers

  • Counselors

  • Marriage and Family Therapists

  • Sex Educators and Therapists

  • Addiction Professionals

  • Nurses


DAVID LEY, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and internationally–recognized expert on issues related to sexuality, pornography, and mental health. He has served as an expert consultant for numerous media outlets, appearing with Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, Dr. Phil, Tom Ashbrook, and Dan Savage. He has also been interviewed in publications ranging from the LA Times and the London Telegraph, and he has published extensively in both the academic and pop realms of literature. His books, The Myth of Sex Addiction (2012) and Insatiable Wives (2009), were revolutionary explorations of sexual issues which blended a powerful client-centered narrative with a rich understanding of psychology, biology and sociology.

Dr. Ley has provided treatment around sexuality–related issues for over 20 years, ranging from treatment of sexual offenders to counseling alternative sexuality couples and individuals. He has consulted with treatment programs around the world about addressing sexuality issues in their treatment. At the same time, he is Executive Director of a large behavioral health and substance abuse outpatient program, and supervises treatment to thousands of patients every year. As a result, Dr. Ley is able to bring a broad, practical approach to help mental health clinicians effectively address sexuality–related issues.

Financial – receives a speaking honorarium from Vyne Education and royalties from books and multiple general press articles.
Nonfinancial – member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists.

Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
This course has been approved by Vyne Education, LLC., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 continuing education hours. NAADAC Provider #77600, Vyne Education, LLC. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Content includes elements of one of the NAADAC 8 Counselor Skills Group. Full attendance is required to receive credit, variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded based on the NAADAC guidelines.

Counselors: Minnesota: This activity has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy for 6.0 hours of credit for LPC’s.

Marriage & Family Therapists: Minnesota: This program has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy for 6 continuing education hours (Approval #CE:2017-067).

Marriage & Family Therapists: Wisconsin: This program has been approved by the Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy for Wisconsin MFTs for 6 CEUs (Approval #WAMFT217014).

Vyne Education, LLC. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This course is offered for 6 contact hours.

Nurses: California
Vyne Education, LLC. is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 16668, for 7.2 contact hours. Full attendance is required to receive credit, variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded.

Nurses: Florida
Vyne Education, LLC. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of Nursing, provider #50-466. This course is offered for 6.0 contact hours.

Nurses: Iowa
Vyne Education, LLC. is an approved provider with the Iowa Board Of Nursing, approved provider #328. This course is offered for 6.0 contact hours.

Vyne Education, LLC. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Vyne Education, LLC. maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program offers 6 CE credits for psychologists. Full attendance is required to receive credit for psychologist, variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded based on the APA guidelines.

Social Workers
Vyne Education, LLC. provider #1005, "formerly Cross Country Education" is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program (an approved provider since 1999, approved period 1/27/2018-1/27/2021). Vyne Education, LLC. maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers will receive 6 Clinical continuing education clock hours for participating in this course. Licensed social workers should contact their individual state jurisdiction to review the current continuing education requirements for licensure renewal. Visit ASWB's website at for more information. This educational offering is at the Intermediate level for social workers.

Other Professions
This educational offering qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific filing requirements.

Information obtained in this course should be used within your scope of practice.

All Professionals: In order to process continuing education, please bring the appropriate license/certification number to the seminar.

Certificates, Educational Offering Completion Requirements: Certificates will be awarded upon receipt of payment and successful completion of the educational offering and evaluation form.

Amended Certificates: Please note that the credit hours listed above are offered by Vyne Education and/or boards/associations for a full day's attendance. In the event of late arrival and/or early departure, amended certificates indicating the actual number of credit hours earned will be provided upon calling Vyne Education.

ADA: If you require ADA accommodations, please contact Vyne Education at least two weeks before the seminar date or prior to purchasing any online or distance learning products so that arrangements can be made.

"Dr. David Ley knows his stuff! I really enjoyed learning from him. He is an expert on a subject that needs greater attention and understanding."
Krissy Behrman, MA
Santa Fe NM

"I gained an openness about sexuality in several contexts, including my own."
Stephen Ratcliff, MA
Albuquerque, NM

"David is a wonderful teacher, a master in his wisdom on the field of sexuality, and he kept me on the edge of my seat — his style of teaching was wonderful."
Sylvan Schneider, MA
Santa Fe, NM

"This class was transformational in helping me become more open, aware, accepting, and able to understand sexuality and the role of pornography in my clients' lives."
Heather McPherson, MA
Austin TX

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