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The Principles of Pleasure: Four Important Skills to Help Therapists Work with the Good Stuff

Earn 4 CEUs!  FREE for MAMFT members! $80 for non-members.

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Workshop Description:

Most therapists get little-to-no training in how to address sexuality in their practice. This workshop will build your competence in working with sexual pleasure in a way that meets your clients’ needs. Even if you are not a sex therapist your clients will have questions and concerns about sexual health issues, satisfaction in relationships and their own bodies. Whether you work with couples or individuals, your clients care about increasing pleasure in their relationships and with themselves. This workshop will cover why pleasure is an important topic in the therapy room (spoiler alert-it increases positive health outcomes, self-esteem, and relationship satisfaction) and specific skills for handling these topics without embarrassment for you or your clients.  All skills presented are welcoming and inclusive of people of all genders, orientations, and relationship styles.

Outcome/Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to name one way bringing up pleasure can increase positive health outcomes for your clients.
  2. Participants will be able to demonstrate one way to bring up the issue of pleasure using professional language.
  3. Participants will be able to demonstrate one way to ask a pleasure question using inclusive phrasing.
  4. Participants will be able to name one sign that it is time to consult or refer to a sexual health specialist.

Level of Content:

This content would be appropriate for therapists who do not have any experience or training in sexuality issues. This workshop builds on skills MFTs frequently use in therapy such as joining and reframing, and puts them in the context of pleasure and sexuality. It has been designed to be helpful to therapists working in a wide variety of settings and with various populations. For professionals who have familiarity and competence with sexuality issues, this workshop could be helpful in shifting the focus to pleasure rather than dysfunction and through providing research findings that demonstrate the benefits of this shift in focus.

Presenter Info:

Laura Rademacher, MA, LMFT, CST, is a sex and relationship therapist who got her start as a sex-positive sexual health educator.  She is the author of The Principles of Pleasure: Working with the Good Stuff as Sex Therapists and Educators. Laura has presented workshops nationally for: AASECT (American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists), Minnesota Reproductive Health Update Conference, MnATSA, Southwestern College, Blind Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People, The Smitten Kitten, Teenwise MN, and Pride Festival in Stockholm Sweden.  Laura’s workshop, Teaching Pleasure; Best Practices was awarded the 2014 Schiller Prize by AASECT.

Note: Food will be available for purchase. Please show up a little early to place your order.

Refund Policy: 

Requests must be made in writing. Refunds will be given on requests received 10 days prior to the training event. A 20% administrative fee per person will be deducted from all cancellations. No refunds will be given if received less than 10 days prior to the event, but registrants can transfer their registration to another person.

Date & Location

Fri September 7, 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Pasquale's Pizzeria
130 5th St SW
Rochester, MN 55902

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