Understanding the latest in technology is an ever moving target, and a rapid one at that! Digital natives integrate the use of new technologies seamlessly into every aspect of their lives, including their sexual identities, expressions, courtship behaviours, and relationship formation. However, it can sometimes be hard for therapists to help when things go awry, because we may not speak this new and modern language. Older generations of therapists may have very different views on what constitutes healthy use of tech in one's sexual life where therapists who are digital natives themselves may find that the ability to keep their private and professional selves separate in a blurry digital landscape becomes a never ending question of what is right and what is right now? This session provides a basic overview of some of the sexual technology currently out in the world, what may be on the horizon and the joys and challenges new technology may bring to an already complex part of our lives.
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Erica Sarr, PsyD, MEd, BCB, CSAT-S, is a licensed clinical psychologist and currently serves as the clinical director for Gentle Path at The Meadows. She also is a national speaker on process addiction and mental health issues. Her specialty is integrating a framework of positive sexuality with accountability while working with clients who struggle with compulsive sexual behavior or who have committed professional or criminal sexual boundary violations. She is passionate about helping all clients define and embrace healthy, joyful, values- congruent sexuality across the lifespan. Dr. Sarr also specializes in the intersection of sexuality, mental health, and technology, particularly in the area of video games.
Financial: Erica Sarr is the clinical director at Gentle Path at the Meadows.
Non-financial: Erica Sarr has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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Catalogue 3 areas beyond pornography where technology has impacted modern sexuality.
Evaluate the concept of technostress and how that applies to technology and sexuality.
Utilize at least 3 new assessment questions related to sexuality and technology that they made add to the assessment process in their therapeutic practice.
Technology has a broader definition than we tend to credit and impacts sexuality in a much broader spectrum.
Beyond personal choice, there are therapeutic, medical, legal, and ethical implications to every major technological growth in the sexuality arena
Technological change is so rapid that we do not have the internal adaptations to understand the long term implications of new technologies, leading to the rise of phenomena such as internet addiction and sexual addiction.
Regular updates are needed to our intake and screening processes, including suggestions on how to update sexual and technological questions during intake and initial assessment to help uncover issues early on in treatment.