Advanced Sex Therapy
November 3-5, 2017
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. Vanessa is also the Dean of Clinical Affairs and the Vice President of the Richmont Institute of Traumatology.
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.
Within the context of this 22-hour workshop, participants will be able to:
Basic Topic Schedule
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)
Biochemical & Physiological Factors
The Process of Evaluation (Assessment) requires:
A comfortable, qualified therapist
A well-defined system
The Sexual Therapy Process
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”
The Results of Sexual Therapy
Long-Term Mutually Satisfying Sexual Relationship
22 CE clock hours available
(Participants must have completed the Human Sexuality introductory course and Sexual Dysfunctions prior to the registration of this course).
Friday, November 3, 2017: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 4, 2017: 9:00 AM – 7:00 AM
Sunday, November 5, 2017: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
|Professional Students taking the course toward ABCST Sex Therapy Certification on a Pass-Fail basis|
|Professionals taking the course for Continuing Education purposes
|Course Alumni: Students or Alumni retaking the course as a refresher|
|Richmont Tuition Rates
|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 Director of Admissions, Tom Sanders, at email@example.com to apply.|
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Refunds will only be issued if requested prior to November 3.
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.