Contemporary Male Sexuality: A New Model

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• Asynchronous • On-Demand Homestudy

This intermediate-level course includes lecture, discussion, clinical vignettes, and psychosexual skill exercises. One live ethics credit included!

Dr. Barry McCarthy, Clinical Psychologist, Diplomate in Sex Therapy and Certified Couple Therapist, will explore sexual myths, dysfunctions, treatment models and ethical considerations based on his new contemporary model of male sexuality.

Course Description

Male sexual function and dysfunction is multi-causal, multi-dimensional with large individual, relational, cultural, and value differences. This clinically-oriented all-day webinar promotes a new model of male sexuality focused on sharing pleasure rather than perfect individual sexual performance. Dr. McCarthy advocates for the Good Enough Sex (GES) model and confronts the need for completely predictable outcomes. Men and couples can learn to embrace the five dimensions of touch (affection, sensual, playful, erotic, and intercourse) rather than defining sex as intercourse. Dr. McCarthy’s approach to male sexuality focuses on complexity, empathy, and respect. He explores the multiple roles, meanings, and outcomes of sexual expression rather than a simplistic approach which elevates or demonizes male sexuality. The traditional male-female double standard is confronted and replaced by the female-male  equity model.

In clinical work, couple sex therapy leads to better outcomes than individual therapy alone. Dr. McCarthy will describe his method of creating an individualized relapse prevention plan for best treatment outcomes.

New models to treat erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and ejaculatory inhibition (delayed ejaculation) will be described and explored using case examples. A new understanding of low sexual desire and sexual avoidance will be presented with a focus on “Male Responsive Sexual Desire”. Dr. McCarthy will address men’s sexual health issues involving illness, disability and aging. Rather than hope for a stand-alone medical intervention to  cure the sex problem, a comprehensive, psychobiosocial, couple approach to assessment and treatment will be presented.

This webinar will explore controversial issues such as sexual orientation (gay, bisexual+, and asexual), variant arousal patterns (fetish, BDSM, crossdressing), use and misuse of porn, controversies regarding  monogamy, secrecy, consensual non-monogamy, shame regarding one’s sexual trauma history, and fatally flawed relationships.

Why Did We Create This Course?

Learning Objectives

  • Implement a new model for assessment and treatment of male sexual function and dysfunction
  • Utilize a couple rather than an individual approach to male sexual function and dysfunction
  • Discuss the complexity of increased acceptance in male sexuality.
  • Describe one’s own clinical and personal values in dealing with male sexual issues.
  • Analyze a broad-based, variable, flexible approach to male and couple sexuality with aging.
  • Apply the Good Enough Sex (GES) model and revise the individual “perfect performance” model.
  • Design ethical treatment choices in utilizing strategies for best treatment outcomes. 
  • Select bio-medical interventions based on the couple’s sexual style.


This asynchronous, on-demand homestudy 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.

FL LCSW, MFT & CMHC approvals should cover MFT, CMHC and LCSW boards in most other states, including Pennsylvania. FL MFT approval qualifies as core content for GA MFT according to GA Rule 135-9-.01.5.c. Verify with the board in your state.

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.

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.

These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT Certification and renewal of certification. Completion of these programs does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information please contact [email protected].

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Course Information

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.

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.

Full attendance is required to obtain certificate. No partial credit granted.

Original Date: May 14th, 2021

Time: 9:30 am EST / 6:30 am PST

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Garret Carlisle
Posted 2 years ago
Insightful and practical

A great informative course and refresher for a sex therapist. I really appreciated the empathic approach to male sexuality that's often overlooked or downplayed.

David Hovis
Posted 3 years ago
Great teaching on male sexuality

Dr. McCarthy covered a wide variety of topics on male sexuality with great detail. Very helpful overview / refresher for this sex therapist!!!

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