518 – New Perspectives on Porn

Its Uses and Misuses
Ian Kerner

True or false: porn desensitizes people to genuine intimacy? Or wait, true or false: porn use is a normal, healthy expression of human sexuality? Porn is a confusing and polarizing topic that can easily trigger therapists’ negative counter-transference. But the fact is that people in the United States visit more porn sites each month than they do Amazon, Netflix, and Twitter combined. In this workshop, you’ll discover:

  • How to assess if porn is or isn’t a problem in relationships, and how to avoid therapeutic potholes in the process
  • How to handle clients’ self-diagnosis of “porn addict” and explore the context and assumptions surrounding their self-assessment
  • A CBT-based program that uses harm reduction, mindfulness, and cognitive reframing to regulate problematic relationships to porn
  • A review of “ethical porn” and how it can be used to help patients with a range of common sexual problems

 

Ian Kerner, PhD, LMFT, is a sex therapist and the 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.

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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