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Advanced Sex Therapy

November 15-17, 2019

Richmont Graduate University

1900 The Exchange, Building 100, Atlanta, GA 30339

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Cliff Penner, PhD is a clinical psychologist, received a B.A. from Bethel College, St. Paul, MN; earned a M.A. in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, and has his Ph.D. from Fuller’s Graduate School of Psychology, Pasadena, CA. The Penner’s are best known for their pioneer work in encouraging people of all faiths to connect their sexuality with their belief system – helping them embrace sex as good and of God, opening the topic of sexuality within churches of many denominations.

Joyce Penner, MN is a clinical nurse specialist in psychosomatic disorders that specializes in sexual, marital, and premarital therapy as an independent practitioner. Joyce is a speaker, seminar leader and co-author of ten books on sexuality with her husband Dr. Clifford Penner. The Penner’s are best known for their pioneer work in encouraging people of all faiths to connect their sexuality with their belief system ─ helping them embrace sex as good and of God, opening the topic of sexuality within churches of many denominations. She has made many television and radio appearances. In addition, she loves her role as a mother, grandmother, and mother mentor and has written What to Pray When You’re Expecting: Hopes, Prayers and Dreams During Pregnancy – For Mom and the Whole Family.

Vanessa Snyder, PhD is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sex Therapist and AAMFT Approved Supervisor in Training. She is a 2008 graduate of Richmont Graduate University. She received her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University in VA. Her areas of research interests include: sexual abuse and trauma; trauma effects on the God perception; trauma treatment with play/art therapy, assessment in treatment of adults who experience trauma/complex trauma; secondary traumatic stress, complex trauma model protocol used for human trafficking and dissociative disorders. She is currently working with Hope for Justice (Nashville, TN) on research and program evaluations of trauma treatment models in sex trafficking shelters. Dr. Snyder is also the Dean of Clinical Affairs and the Vice President of the Richmont Institute of Trauma and Recovery.

Course Description

This advanced course takes an in-depth look at treatment for sexual dysfunction. Areas of primary focus include the diagnosis and treatment of sexual dysfunctions specific to desire, pain, arousal and orgasm.

Course Objectives

Within the context of this 22-hour workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the stages of sexual development and the ability to utilize this information in helpful clinical interventions.
  • List and describe common barriers to healthy sexual attitudes and responses.
  • Increase comfort and confidence in dealing with explicit sexuality within appropriate boundaries.
  • Recognize and practice safe therapeutic boundaries when dealing with sexual issues in the clinical setting.
  • Summarize and assess for treatment the educational gaps in sexuality that create misinformation, inhibitions and a harmful naivete.
  • Recognize and explain the importance of gender differences in sex therapy assessment and treatment.
  • Discuss and assess the requirements for a qualified sex therapist.
  • List and explain the goals and tools of the sex therapy process.
  • Evaluate and create assessment strategies and sex history forms for assessing and developing treatment plans for sexual dysfunctions.
  • Summarize and describe the sexual retraining process in its weekly increments.
  • Recognize and implement the therapist’s tools and keys to success in assigning and evaluating sexual homework assignments.
  • Explain and coach the giving and receiving of sensual pleasure to alleviate anxiety and increase intimate connection.
  • Utilize a working knowledge of DSM-V diagnoses of sexual problems.
  • Recognize and utilize effective treatment protocols for male, female and couples sexual desire, arousal and release difficulties.
  • Demonstrate the ability to execute basic therapeutic interventions around common male and female sexual dysfunctions.
  • Assess and treat female pain and genito/pelvic disorders.
  • Review and discuss actual case studies to assist in creating treatment protocols for sex therapy.
  • Recognize and educate clients on the possible sexual side effects of birth control and other medications.
  • Explain the accuracy and utility of materials presented, limitations of content, and most common risks when practicing sex therapy.

Basic Topic Schedule

Day 1

Intro: What We’ve Learned About Men And Women And Sex In Marriage In 40 Years As Sex Therapists:

Men make the difference

Sex works best when the woman affirms her sexuality and shares it with her husband

Women keep it interesting

Passion in marriage will only last if enjoyment and connection are the goals.

Slow is better than fast

Sexual patterns are easily conditioned and self-perpetuating

Both must heal from past hurts

Good sex won’t just happen; with intentionality, a mutually satisfying sex life is attainable.


Sexual Therapy: Your Definition


Why is Sexual Therapy Necessary? 

(Application to Assessment and Treatment)

Developmental Gaps

Educational Gaps

Relational/Clinical Issues

Biochemical & Physiological Factors

Male-Female Differences

Day 2

The Process of Evaluation (Assessment) requires:

A comfortable, qualified therapist

A well-defined system

The Sexual Therapy Process

The Goals

The Tools

The Sexual Therapy/Retraining Process

Tools for Couples’ Homework Data Gathering

Sexual Dysfunctions and Their Treatments

Sexual Desire Differences & Difficulties (HSDD)

Initiation Patterns Affect Frequency

Sexual Pleasure Interrupted by Boredom, Inhibitions & Spectatoring

Problems of Arousal

Barriers to Entry and Enjoyment

Problems of Sexual Release

Conflict with the “After-glow”


Day 3

The Results of Sexual Therapy

Quick Fix



Diagnostic Benefit

Long-Term Mutually Satisfying Sexual Relationship


Continuing Education:

22 CEs

Registration Information

Workshop Level:


(Participants must have completed the Human Sexuality introductory course and Sexual Dysfunctions prior to the registration of this course).

Course Schedule:

Friday, November 15, 2019: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Saturday, November 16, 2019: 9:00 AM – 7:00 AM

Sunday, November 17, 2019: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM



Plus Textbooks

Professional Students taking the course toward ABCST Sex Therapy Certification on a Pass-Fail basis

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Professionals taking the course for Continuing Education purposes




Plus Textbooks


Course Alumni: Students or Alumni retaking the course as a refresher
Richmont Tuition Rates

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Students of other universities who are taking the course and need the credits to appear on their transcripts at another university will need to apply as a non-degree seeking student. Contact the Office of Admissions at to apply.


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For  CE and registration questions, please contact Martha Busby at

For questions about the course, please contact Anna Stubbs at

Refund policy: Full refunds will only be issued if requested prior to  November 8, 2019.

There is no known commercial support for this program.

Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychologist Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont Graduate University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Advanced Sex Therapy