Sensate Focus in Couple and Sex Therapy
Format: Book Chapter-based CE
Book chapter* provided free of charge.
Accompanying audio recording provided free of charge.
Sensate Focus is the beginning point in couple-based sex therapy, whether that therapy is targeted at low sexual desire, erectile dysfunction, vaginismus, or the remaining psychosexual dysfunctions. Sensate focus is also an end in itself, promoting closeness within the couple when emotional sharing is part of couple enrichment training. This publication is a chapter within a comprehensive therapist manual for patient instruction in sex therapy. The chapter is a guide for the therapist in the rationale behind Sensate Focus as well as its clinical indications and applications. It provides patient illustrated handouts with clear instruction on how to practice Sensate Focus as part of therapeutic homework, and also includes two audio recordings to promote patient desensitization to performance anxiety and phobic avoidance.
Objectives: Upon completion of this book chapter-based* course, the participant will be able to:
1. Explain the reasons for the limited value of self-help materials in sex therapy.
2. Identify prominent contributors to the fields of sexology and sex therapy.
3. Review dysfunctional patient cognitions and indicate three functional attitudes that contribute to success in sex therapy.
4. Describe the two steps that make up Sensate Focus exercises in sex therapy.
Targeted Audience:Health psychologists, clinical and counseling psychologist.
*Muse, M. (2012) Sensate focus. Illustrated Manual for Instruction in Sex Therapy. Washington, DC: Mensana Publications.
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