Couple Sexuality After 60

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• Asynchronous • Recorded Course • Available on-Demand

This intermediate-level course includes lecture, discussion, clinical vignettes, and psychosexual skill exercises.

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

Course Description

Counseling a couple on sexuality over 60 is unfamiliar territory for most therapists.  In this 4-hour workshop, Dr. Barry McCarthy, will discuss how to approach this subject with ease and confidence. Using a variable, flexible approach to couple sexuality based on the Good Enough Sex (GES) model, Dr. McCarthy places the essence of sexuality in pleasure-oriented touching, not individual sex performance. He will confront sexual myths and provide scientifically substantiated information on sex and aging. 

Relevant models to treat erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and ejaculatory inhibition (delayed ejaculation) in older males will be described and explored using case examples. Dr. McCarthy will address couple’s sexual health issues involving illness, disability and aging.

Why Did We Create This Course?

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the essence of couple sexuality with aging as giving and receiving pleasure-oriented touching- revise the individual perfect performance model.
  • Define sexuality to include sensual, playful, and erotic scenarios in addition  to intercourse-drop “sex=intercourse”.
  • Explain the core concept “responsive sexual desire is healthier than the demand for spontaneous desire and erection.” 
  • Describe the “Good Enough Sex (GES)” model: the multiple roles, meanings, and outcomes of couple sexuality. 
  • Critique medical interventions vs. psychological interventions. 


This asynchronous, recorded course is approved by the APA, AASECT and Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling to provide 4 (synchronous) CE credits.

FL LCSW, MFT & CMHC approvals should cover MFT, CMHC and LCSW boards in most 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.

Your Instructor

Barry McCarthy, PhD

Barry McCarthy, Ph.D. is a professor of Psychology at American University, a diplomate in Clinical Psychology, a Diplomate in Sex Therapy, and a Certified Couple Therapist. He has published more than 120 professional articles, 33 book chapters, and 22 books the latest being Rekindling Desire (3rd edition), Enhancing Couple Sexuality, and Finding Your Sexual Voice. Dr. McCarthy has presented more than 450 professional workshops in the United States and internationally. In 2016 he received the Masters and Johnson award for lifetime contributions to the sexuality field.

AASECT Core Knowledge Areas:

Area A: Ethics and Ethical Behavior

Area B:Developmental sexuality from a bio-psycho-social perspective across the life course.

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.

Full attendance is required to obtain certificate. No partial credit granted. You must pass the post-course test with a 75% passing grade in order to earn CE credits.


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Bonita Wallace
Posted 2 years ago
Great Class

Would recommend it to every one over 60.

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