How Sexual Trauma Impacts Couples’ Ability to Be Safely Intimate and What to Do About It

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IFS and IFIO Methods of Treatment 

Asynchronous On-Demand Homestudy

In this intermediate-level course, Dr. Nancy Wonder, clinical psychologist, IFS assistant trainer and IFIO senior faculty will review concepts of the Internal Family Systems Model and of Intimacy From the Inside Out (IFIO) as they relate to sexuality.

Course Description

Sexual trauma and sexual harassment are common underlying factors of sexual dysfunction and they both significantly impact a couple’s sexual intimacy.  Dr. Wonder will review typical protective couple’s dynamics that impede sexual intimacy, discuss the healing effect of Self energy and compassion, observe the Courageous Communication Protocol and identify therapist parts that get activated when working with sexual intimacy.  

This course will include didactic presentations, video illustrations from real client sessions and demonstration of exercises. Participants will be given an opportunity to notice their own reaction and counter reaction when working with clients presenting with sexual trauma.

Learning Objectives

  • Review basic concepts of the Internal Family Systems Model
  • Discuss the Tracking Protocol in IFIO ( Intimacy From the Inside Out) and how it helps identify destructive cycles for clients and the vulnerabilty underneath.
  • Apply awareness about sexual trauma and sexual harassment as they impact couple’s sexual intimacy. 
  • Identify protective cycles that impede couple’s sexual intimacy
  • Observe the Courageous Communication Protocol and how it can enhance a couple’s conversation about their intimacy. 
  • Explain the healing effect of Self energy and compassion. 
  • Identify therapist parts that get activated when working with sexual intimacy. 

Why did we create this course?


This course is approved by the APA, AASECT, Florida Board of Psychology, Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling to provide 6 asynchronous CE credits.

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

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 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 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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