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Digital Seminar

Sexual Health and the Trauma Survivor

Clients with sexual abuse histories often come to therapy with questions about their sexual expression and the obstacles they encounter in intimate relationships. They may find themselves engaging in trauma reenactment rather than safe, consensual sex and need a nonjudgmental space to explore what sexual recovery means for them. Even well-trained trauma therapists often lack the language, comfort, and skillset necessary to assist their clients through this process. This recording will provide concrete strategies to help trauma survivors live more sexually fulfilling lives.


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Joe Kort, Ph.D., LMSW
2 Hours 56 Minutes
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Mar 24, 2019
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Joe Kort, Ph.D., LMSW, is a board-certified sexologist and the founder of The Center for Relationship and Sexual Health, and runs a private practice in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Dr. Kort, a therapist, coach and author, has been practicing psychotherapy for over 25 years and has spoken internationally on the subject of gay counseling. He specializes in sex therapy, gay affirmative psychotherapy, sexually compulsive behaviors, and IMAGO relationship therapy designed for couples to enhance their relationship through improved communication. Dr. Kort is a blogger for the Huffington Post and Psychology Today on issues of sexuality. He has been a guest on the various television programs on mixed orientation marriages and “sexual addiction”. Dr. Kort is the author of several books, including, LGBTQ Clients in Therapy, Gay Affirmative Therapy for the Straight Clinician, 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do To Improve Their Lives, 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do To Find Real Love, and Is My Husband Gay, Straight or Bisexual.

Speaker Disclosures:
Speaker Disclosures: Financial: Joe Kort is President of Joe Kort & Associates, PC. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Nonfinancial: Joe Kort has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.

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  1. Evaluate how different types of sexual abuse and trauma manifest in clients’ behaviours and relationships and how these manifestations inform treatment interventions. 
  2. Articulate methods that help clients differentiate between trauma reenactment and trauma play. 
  3. List five important ways to help clients manage their sexual behaviours. 
  4. Describe what constitutes healthy sexual expression in order to foster acceptance and understanding in clients.


Evaluate how different types of sexual abuse and trauma manifest in clients’ behaviours and relationships and how these manifestations inform treatment interventions. 

  • Review sexual abuse literature. 
  • Review trauma literature. 

Identify the differences between trauma reenactment and trauma play. 

  • Provide case examples of trauma reenactment and trauma play. 
  • Differentiate between abuse and trauma. 

Describe methods to help clients manage their sexual behaviours. 

  • Assess the out-of-control sexual behaviour model. 
  • Explore the flaws of the sex addiction model. 

Describe what constitutes healthy sexual expression to foster understanding and acceptance in clients

  • Provide a review of sexual and erotic health information. 
  • Evaluate healthy and destructive relationships to sexual behaviours. 

Explore countertransference and client sexual expression. 

  • Review sexual attitude reassessment. 
  • Examine therapists’ beliefs and judgments about erotic and sexual behaviour. 

Summarize different types of trauma and how they manifest in out-of-control sexual behaviours. 

  • Differentiate between simple, complex and post-traumatic stress disorder. 
  • Examine how different traumas contribute to compulsive sexual behaviours.

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals



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