426 – Sex Therapy for the 21st Century

Beyond Masters and Johnson
Ian Kerner

Effective sex therapy goes beyond what happens in the consulting room and requires behavioral interventions that clients can work on between sessions. Although “homework” is a regular part of sex therapy, clinicians’ standard packages of exercises are often woefully incomplete and outdated. While our understanding of sexuality has evolved considerably since the work of Masters and Johnson, many therapists still commonly assign homework that originated with them. This workshop takes sex-therapy interventions into the 21st century. You’ll discover:

  • The latest science of sexual desire, including the distinction between spontaneous vs. responsive desire, and the dual-control model
  • How to intervene with a client’s lack of desire, or a couple’s desire discrepancy, by using “willingness windows,” core erotic theme development, and sex-script expansion
  • Innovations for addressing a client’s erectile disorder, premature or delayed ejaculation, inhibited arousal, and sexual-pain and orgasm issues
  • How to use the data and feedback from client homework to enhance your treatment outcomes


Ian Kerner, PhD, LMFT, is a sex therapist and the bestselling author of She Comes First. He writes about sexuality for CNN and Prevention Magazine, and is on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Ian Kerner is in private practice. He is an author for HarperCollins and receives royalties.
Non-financial: Ian Kerner is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

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