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Mapping Sex Therapy Across the United States: Who, What, & Where Sex Therapy is Happening

March 18, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT


Mapping Sex Therapy Across the United States: Who, What, & Where Sex Therapy is Happening

Presented by Frances McClain, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC & Dylan Amlin, MA, LPC

Friday, March 18th, 2022

8:00AM-10:00AM PDT / 10:00AM-12:00PM CST / 11:00AM-1:00PM EST

Event held online via Zoom. Link to access provided upon registration.

When attended in full, program offers 2.0 CEs for Psychologists (APA), 2.0 IL CEUs for Counselors and Social Workers, 2.0BBS California CEUs for Counselors, Social Workers, and LMFTs, and 2 NBCC Clock Hours.

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Workshop Description:

This webinar will be discussing the study done by the presenters. The primary purpose of the study was to determine what someone who was interested in obtaining a provider for sex therapy would find if they simply searched for sex therapy using the Google search engine. The goal was to ascertain how someone might access providers in each state, what types of information someone seeking treatment for sexuality issues might find on provider websites, who is providing the services, what types of services are being provided, and whose services might appeal to given the content of the website. The researchers engaged in an online search for all 50 states and a target of a maximum of 10 providers were compiled from each state. The information gathered provided information related to sex therapy providers across the U.S, types of services offered, as well as potential issues related to provider competency and utilization of websites. The results of this study indicate that access to sex therapy for persons seeking a provider by searching through an online web browser yields mixed results depending on where the person lives in the United States and what their particular needs may be for treatment. The presenters will review the study results which includes information related the content of websites, who is providing the sex therapy services based on the region, and implications for competence and ethical practice.

Workshop Learning Objectives:

After attending this introductory level workshop, participants will be:

1. Familiar with AASECT’s position on Sexual Addiction as well as other issues related to pathologizing sexual behavior.

2. Able to recognize the importance of promoting inclusive and affirming websites which clearly acknowledge LBTQ+ relationships and those outside of the normative populations.

3. Able to better analyze ethical practices regarding promoting areas of expertise without adequate competence or training, especially as it relates to sexuality related issues in clinical work.

Program Standards and Goals:

This program meets APA’s continuing education Standard 1.3: Program content focuses on topics related to psychological practice, education, or research other than application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that are supported by contemporary scholarship grounded in established research procedures.

This program meets APA’s continuing education Goal 1: Program is relevant to psychological practice, eduation, and/or science.

Workshop Schedule (Shown in CST):

10:00 am – Event Begins

12:00pm – Event Ends

Registration and Fees:

ACSSW Members: Free

General Admission: $40.00

TCSPP Staff/Faculty/Students: Free

TCSPP Alumni: $20.00

Community Partners/Site Supervisors: $20.00

Non-TCSPP Students: $10.00

Refund Policy: 100% of tuition is refundable up to 48 hours before the program. Within 48 hours of the program, tuition is nonrefundable.


American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. (2020). About us. (https://www.aasect.org/about-us

American Counseling Association. (2014). Code of ethics. Alexandria: Author.

American Counseling Association. (January 16, 2013). Ethical issues related to conversion or reparative therapy. https://www.counseling.org/news/updates/2013/01/16/ethical-issues-related-to-conversion-or-reparative-therapy

American Psychological Association. (2013, November). Position statement on issues related to homosexuality. APA Official Actions.

American Psychological Association. (2015, July). 2005-13 demographics of the US psychology workforce. https://www.apa.org/workforce/publications/13-demographics

American Psychological Association. (2018, November 15). APA reiterates strong opposition to conversion therapy. https://www.psychiatry.org/newsroom/news-releases/apa-reiterates-strong-opposition-to-conversion-therapy

Behn, A., Davanzo, A., & Erra´zuriz Paula. (2018). Client and therapist match on gender, age, and income: does match within the therapeutic dyad predict early growth in the therapeutic alliance? Journal of Clinical Psychology, 74(9), 1403–1421. https://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.22616

Kink Clinical Practice Guidelines Project. (2019). Clinical practice guidelines for working with people with kink interests. Retrieved from https://www.kpact.xyz/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2020-kink-clinical-guidelines.pdf

McCarthy, B., & Wald Ross, L. (2018). Expanding the types of clients receiving sex therapy and sexual health services. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 44(1), p. 96-101.

Continuing Education:

Target Audience: Healthcare and Mental healthcare professionals, hypnosis practitioners, University faculty and students. Members the TCSPP community.

Psychologists. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 continuing education credits. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Danielle Bohrer at 312-467-2364. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

Social Workers. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 hours of continuing education. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to provide continuing education programming for social workers. License Number: 159.001036

MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs. Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hour of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. If you are licensed outside of California please check with your local licensing agency to to determine if they will accept these CEUs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to offer continuing education programming for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an accredited or approved postsecondary institution that meets the requirements set forth in Sections 4980.54(f)(1), 4989.34, 4996.22(d)(1), or 4999.76(d) of the Code.

Participation Certificate. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is able to provide students and other participants who simply wish to have documentation of their attendance at the program a participation certificate.

Non Psychologists. Most licensing boards accept Continuing Education Credits sponsored by the American Psychological Association but non-psychologists are recommended to consult with their specific state-licensing board to ensure that APA-sponsored CE is acceptable.

*Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


March 18, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT