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A two day workshop with leading clinician and researcher Dr Assen Alladin, PhD.


Psychosexual Counselling for Sexual Dysfunctions

Friday 13th and Saturday 14th November 2015, London

Dr Assen Alladin
Dr Assen Alladin

with Dr Assen Alladin
Clinical Psychologist/Adjunct Associate  Professor
Department of Psychiatry, Calgary University Medical School
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

This hands-on Workshop will provide a practical approach to understanding and treating sexual dysfunctions (SDs). Sexual dysfunctions comprise a heterogeneous group of disorders that are characterized by clinically significant disturbance in a person’s ability to respond sexually or to experience sexual pleasure.

Sexual dysfunctions are fairly common in men and women worldwide. For example, a large American survey showed the prevalence of sexual dysfunctions to be 43% for women and 31% for men. Moreover, erectile dysfunction (ED) in men increases with age; about 52% of men between 40 – 70 present some degree of erectile difficulties. It is therefore essential to find new and effective ways of treating the disorders.

This two day workshop will cover all the foundations of psychosexual counselling, specific treatments for two major issues and address basic questions as to when and how to ask about sexual activity, satisfaction and problems.

Many therapists shy away from enquiring about problems and satisfaction in the area of intimate relations and sexual activity. Even the father of the counselling approach, Carl Rogers, had trouble with this topic. Researchers (Truax and Murray) noticed that the clients of Carl Rogers would talk less about sexuality and sexual issues with their sessions with him – notably because he didn’t appear to approve of discussion of sexual matters (MacMillan, 1991)!

“Many providers say they don’t broach sexuality issues because they lack the training and skills to deal with these concerns, are uncomfortable with the subject, fear offending the patient, have no treatments to offer, or feel constrained by time. At the same time, 68 percent of patients surveyed cited fear of embarrassing a provider as a reason for not broaching sexuality issues. Clearly, discussing sexuality is difficult for many providers and their patients.”

Our needs and desires for sexual expression and satisfaction are fundamental for most people – yet as therapists we often lack the basic counselling skills and also the knowledge of the evidence-based techniques that can really help to bring positive and lasting change.

After attending this workshop, you will be able to:
  • List the 11 sexual dysfunctions (SD) described in DSM-V (2013)
  • List diagnostic criteria for erectile disorder (ED) and female sexual interest/arousal disorder (SIAD)
  • List causes of these 2 disorders
  • Outline integrated treatment protocol for these 2 disorders
  • Utilize several behavioral and hypnotherapeutic techniques in sex therapy
  • Formulate sex therapy for other SD
The goals of the Workshop is familiarize the participants with the 11 Sexual Dysfunction (SD) listed in the DSM-V. However, only ED (for men) and SIAD (for female) will be covered in great detail to help participants get a good understanding of the working theories of the human sexual response. Once they grasp the basic concepts, they will be able understand the other disorders. Similarly, a good understanding of the treatment prototype can be easily applied to other disorders. In short, the Workshop will provide the basic skills to start psychosexual counseling.
Here’s the summary of treatment strategies that will be covered in great detail (from the Powerpoint used). Some of these techniques include hypnosis.
Components of Multimodal Sex Therapy for ED
  • •       Assessment
  • •       Medication
  • •       Anxiety reduction and desensitization
  • •       Imagery training
  • •       Cognitive behavior therapy
  • •       Sensate Focus
  • •       Increased sexual stimulation
  • •       Interpersonal assertiveness and couple communication training
  • •       Relapse prevention
Including the following:
Introducing and normalising the topic:
When is it appropriate and helpful to enquire about sexual activity and satisfaction or problems?
What is a comfortable and appropriate way to introduce the topic?
What questions are helpful and appropriate to ask?
How can therapists become more comfortable discussing the sexual activity and problems of their clients?
How can we be sensitive and adaptive to cultural issues around sexuality?

There will be plenty of discussion and experiential learning – particularly on the integration of hypnosis with cognitive behavioural therapy. The Workshops will consist of lectures, didactic instruction, discussions, demonstrations, “socratic dialogue”, and “experiential” learning. The attendees will also have an opportunity to work in pairs to try out some of the strategies and techniques covered. Moreover, attendees will be required to complete the Cognitive Restructuring Form to practice restructuring of dysfunctional cognitions.

Come and learn about this fascinating area, become comfortable and skilled working with this topic – and help your clients lead more sexually fulfilling lives.

About Dr Assen Alladin

Dr. Assen Alladin is a Clinical Psychologist and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary Medical School. He has been practicing and teaching hypnosis, cognitive behaviour therapy, psychotherapy and clinical psychology for over 30 years, and he is the 2005 recipient of the Best Research Paper from Division 30 of the American Psychological Association. Dr Alladin can rightly be called one of the “leading lights” of modern hypnotherapy. He has published four books on evidence-based hypnotherapy… Read More

Dates: Friday November 13th and Saturday November 14th 2015.