What Happened to Sex in Psychotherapy:

Recent Perspectives on Sex & Gender

Instructor:  Gary Hirshberg, MSW

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Dates: Saturdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018

Time:  9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Location: At the Institute, 8820 Ladue Rd., 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124

This course is available via Distance Learning.  Details HERE.

Fee: $160

This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for: 6.0 Credit Hours

This four-session course is designed for experienced mental health professionals. It is hoped participants will have a minimum of 5-7 years of full time clinical practice.

In this course we will take up understanding the inner world of trans people, women and men; included in this examination will be the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and heterosexual people. We will explore some of our assumptions and biases we bring to these patients and challenge ourselves to develop more current ways of understanding both gender and sex. Much of our thinking can be seeped in very traditional and sex negative ideas as well as informed solely by a binary view of gender. This course will move the practitioner to a more enlightened view that reflects recent understanding of both sex and gender.

Objectives: In completing this course participants will be able:

  1. To discuss what gender means in a time of increasing fluidity.
  2. To understand the internal life of trans people and their fantasies and desires.
  3. To understand the internal life of women and their fantasies and desires.
  4. To look at some of the similarities and differences between the inner world of heterosexual women and lesbians.
  5. To ask ourselves, “What do women want?”
  6. To understand the internal life of men and their fantasies and desires.
  7. To look at some of the similarities and differences between the inner world of heterosexual men and gay men.
  8. To explore the role of aggression in male identity and sexuality.
  9. To explore how best to bring up and work with sex and sexuality in our therapeutic work.

Course Level: Intermediate

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