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Restoring & Revitalizing Marital Sexuality

  • Positive Functions of Marital Sexuality
  • Couple Assessment & Individual Sexual Histories
  • Core Change Strategies
  • Relapse Prevention Strategies & Techniques
  • Sexual Poisons & Inhibitions

When sexuality becomes dysfunctional or nonexistent, the powerful role it plays effectively drains a marriage of both intimacy and satisfaction, often threatening the viability and stability of that marital bond. The purpose of this intensive seminar is to enhance your couple therapy skills by identifying strategies to confront this multi-causal, multidimensional phenomenon of low-sex, no-sex marriages. Dr. McCarthy will address cognitive, behavioral, emotional, biological, relational, and situational factors necessary to design a multidimensional assessment and intervention program. He will also discuss various factors, including health, medications, sexual secrets, and aging which impact a couple’s sexuality.


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Barry W McCarthy, PHD, ABPP
6 Hours 24 Minutes
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08 Apr, 2014
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 6.5 hours CPD.



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Barry W. McCarthy, PhD, ABPP, is a board certified clinical psychologist (ABPP), certified marital and sex therapist, and a tenured professor of psychology at American University. His clinical expertise focused on integrating sex therapy strategies and techniques into individual and couple therapy, assessment and treatment of the most common male and female sexual problems, and a special expertise in the treatment of sexual desire disorders.

Dr. McCarthy earned his BA from Loyola University and his MA and PhD from Southern Illinois University. His professional memberships include the American Psychological Association, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Society for Sex Therapy and Research, and Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He is a Diplomate in sex therapy earning this from the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.

As a leading expert in this field, Dr. McCarthy has presented over 350 workshops around the world, and his extensive list of publications includes over 100 professional articles, 26 book chapters, and co-authorship of 14 books, including Rekindling Desire (2nd edition), Sexual Awareness (5th edition), Enduring Desire, Discovering Your Couple Sexual Style, Men’s Sexual Health, Coping with Erectile Dysfunction, Getting It Right the First Time, and Coping with Premature Ejaculation.

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  • Explain the concept of individual responsibility and being an intimate team to couples.
  • Discuss the four session model of couple assessment.
  • Identify strategies to help couples develop “his, her, and our” bridges to sexual desire.
  • Describe relapse prevention techniques and strategies.
  • Define the effect of health, medications and aging on marital sexuality.
  • Describe severe, chronic problems which impact marital sexuality.


Positive Functions of Marital Sexuality

  • Myths & Data
  • Inhibited Sexual Desire & No-Sex Marriage
  • Couple Sexual Styles
  • Anxiety/Avoidance Cycle

Couple Assessment & Individual Sexual Histories

  • Four Session Assessment Model
  • Sensitive/Secretive Issues
  • Gender in Sexual Socialization
  • Sexual Dysfunction

Couple Sex Therapy

  • Couple Feedback Session
  • Step-by-Step Case Processing

Core Change Strategies

  • Individualize Psychosexual Skill Exercises
  • Build Bridges to Sexual Desire
  • Exercises for Comfort, Attraction, & Trust
  • Personal Responsibility/Intimate Team Model for Change

Relapse Prevention Strategies & Techniques

  • Do not Treat Sexuality with Benign Neglect
  • Relapse Prevention Strategies
  • Positive, Realistic Expectations for Marital Sexuality
  • Lapse Not Relapse

Traumatic Sexual Experiences

  • Deal with Affairs
  • Sexual Orientation Issues
  • Intimacy Disorders
  • Compulsive Sexuality & Cybersex
  • Child Sexual Abuse & Incest & Rape Legacy

Health Factors, Medications & Aging

  • ‘Good Enough’ Sex Model
  • Healthy Sexuality over 60
  • Dealing with Illness & Medication Side Effects
  • Integrate Medical Interventions into Couple Sexuality
  • Alcohol Abuse, Recovery & Sexuality
  • Severe, Chronic Problems & Sexual Avoidance

Sexual Poisons & Inhibitions: Anger & Self-Consciousness

  • Fatally Flawed Marriages & Broken Bonds
  • Integrate Individual, Couple & Sexual Interventions

Value Sexuality

Target Audience

Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Chaplains/Clergy, and other Mental Health Professionals



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