Sex Chatting to Expand Sexual Self-Efficacy: Integrating Sexual Health Conversations in Psychotherapy

Instructor:  Susan Stiritz, PhD

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stiritzDates: Thursdays, September 26, October 3, 2019

Time:  7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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

This course is available via Distance Learning.  Details HERE.

Course Level: Intermediate

Fee: $80

This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for: 3.0 Credit Hours

This short course in sex chatting provides theory, tools, skills, and attitude clarifications that can help people expand their sexual self-efficacy. Sexual self-efficacy is the confidence one has that they will experience the results that they want the next time they have a sexual interaction.

Most of the clients we see in our offices are probably missing this confidence—unbeknownst to us–according to studies of how well patients’ sexual health is being addressed by mental health professionals. Sex chatting is speaking candidly, consensually, comfortably, and with shameless curiosity about sex with those trained to help with these conversations.

Although 56% of clients seeking counseling or psychotherapy report they are hoping to get help with sexual problems that concern them, most are too embarrassed to bring their sexual issues up with their health care providers. Further, only 15% of these clients are seeing therapists who inquire about their sex lives or sexual satisfaction.

Clearly, taboos against talking about sexuality represent significant barriers to the sex lives people would like to have. Sex chatting, the focus of this workshop, is an intervention developed to help professionals talk about sexuality in ways that will help their clients to develop greater sexual self-efficacy. Sexual self-efficacy is an aspect of total health that impacts the mental, psychological, emotional and spiritual health that psychotherapists focus on.


  1. Describe the 4 domains of sexual self-efficacy: pleasure, power, protection and intimacy
  2. Demonstrate at least 6 tools to explore sexual contexts and expand sexual self-efficacy: PLISSIT Model, trauma questionnaires, sexual self-efficacy scale, sexual timeline, sexual genogram, sexual ecomap
  3. Teach a short lesson on  anatomies of arousal to expand the pleasure domain of sexual self-efficacy
  4. Expand their own and clients’ sexual self-efficacy as measured by the Sexual Self-Efficacy Scale.
  5. Discuss Audre Lorde’s “Uses of the Erotic” as a philosophy and psychology of sexual


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