42 Years in the Therapist’s Chair: Treating Couples’ Sexual Problems

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For the homestudy version of this course you will have to pass a post-test with a 75% passing score in order to obtain your CE certificate.

This intermediate-level course includes lecture, discussion, clinical vignettes, and psychosexual skill exercises. Dr. Barry McCarthy, Clinical Psychologist, Diplomate in Sex Therapy and Certified Couple Therapist, will explore sexual myths, dysfunctions, treatment models and ethical considerations that he has encountered during his extensive practice of 42 years. 

Course Description

Couples’ sexual issues are one of the most frequent presenting problems in therapy offices. The couple challenge, regardless of relationship status or sexual orientation, is to integrate intimacy and eroticism into the relationship, while reinforcing a new sexual mantra of desire/pleasure/eroticism/ satisfaction. To achieve this outcome, Dr. McCarthy will present his theoretical approach as well as clinical applications of it for couples’ work.

Healthy sexuality is a combination of responsibility for one’s authentic sexual self and being an intimate sexual team. This course will motivate therapists in empowering couples towards a satisfying and secure sexual relationship.

Learning Objectives

  • Apply the four-session assessment model for the biopsychosocial approach to understanding couple sexual dysfunction and conflicts. 
  • Critique the Good Enough Sex (GES) model for sexual expectation and satisfaction.
  • Appraise couple sexual style for best fit and promotion of sexual desire.
  • Design treatment process utilizing the biopsychosocial model of assessment and treatment in the Good Enough Sex Model. 
  • Apply psychosexual skill exercises to treatment to enhance sexual desire in couples. 
  • Compare couple sexual styles and ethical treatment choices in utilizing strategies for best treatment outcomes. 

Why Did We Create This Course?


This asynchronous course is approved by the APA, AASECT, GA LPC and Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling to provide 6 (asynchronous) CE credits, 1 out of those 6 CE-s is Ethics.

GA LPC approval typically counts in most states for LPC-s as approved CE. Verify with the board in your state.

FL LCSW, MFT & CMHC approvals should cover MFT, CMHC and LCSW boards in most other states, including Georgia and Pennsylvania.

FL MFT approval qualifies as core content for GA according to GA Rule 135-9-.01.5.c.

Bookshelf to Couch, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Bookshelf to Couch, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

GA LPC: 6.0 CORE contact hours of continuing education have been approved by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (2020-07-07-054LW) for the live synchronous version.

Schedule: You can watch this recorded webinar at your convenience, on -demand.

Programming Level

Intermediate-level programs build upon participant’s foundational knowledge of the literature and/or experience in the topic presented. Intermediate courses include more depth than introductory courses and also serve as refresher for clinicians who have background in the content area and wish to learn more contemporary science and clinical applications. Note: Anyone is welcome to enroll in any of our courses regardless of the level of programming of the course.

To learn more about how Course Programming levels are determined, visit our FAQ page.

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AASECT Core Knowledge Areas:

Area A: Ethics and Ethical Behavior

Area E: Intimacy skills (e.g., social, emotional, sexual), intimate relationships, interpersonal relationships and family dynamics.

Area I: Range of sexual functioning and behavior, from optimal to problematic including, but not limited to, common issues such as: desire discrepancy, lack of desire, difficulty achieving or maintaining arousal, sexual pain, penetration problems and difficulty with orgasm.

Area M: Pleasure enhancement skills.

Important: Following the purchase of this course you must register for the recorded session using the GoToWebinar link emailed to the email address you had provided when you set up your Bookshelf to Couch account. Please check all of your email folders in case you are unable to locate this email in your inbox.

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Course Information

Register for the GoToWebinar recording using the link you had received via email when you purchased this course.

After viewing the full recording, you need to pass the post-test with a 75% passing grade in order to receive your CE certificate. You will be prompted to print your certificate after you had passed the post-test.

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