Beyond the Birds and Bees: Maintaining Therapeutic Presence When Addressing Sexuality With Clients,

Presenter: Patricia Rich, LCSW, CST

March 15, 2015 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (2 CEs Available)

Location: Wynnewood, PA


The prevailing model for psychotherapeutic intervention in the area of sexuality goes by the acronym PLISSIT, and suggests providing Permission, Limited Information, Specific Suggestion, and Intensive Therapy in that sequence.  However, providing even the earlier steps cannot be done effectively without exploring one’s own reactivity around sexual issues.  Few of us were well trained in graduate school regarding human sexuality, and forms of expression have changed dramatically in the last decades.   Today’s general population of clients may address many behaviors and lifestyles, virtual and in-the-flesh, that therapists need to be prepared to listen to while maintaining our presence and empathic connection.  Using concepts from the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, this session will help therapists to recognize which parts of themselves become triggered by various types of sexual material, and how to mindfully and compassionately care for one self while maintaining an open and receptive connection with the client.  Case vignettes, group discussion, and personal reflection will supplement didactic material.


  1. Identify commonly triggered thoughts and feelings experienced by therapists when addressing sexual material with clients.
  2. Use techniques for welcoming and validating therapist’s own reactions while maintaining space for client and therapeutic connection.
  3. Recognize one’s own abilities and limitations addressing client sexual concerns and when to refer to a specialist in the area of sexuality.

About the Presenter:

Patricia Rich, LCSW, CST, owner of the Relating Well Center, LLC, has over twenty years of professional experience. She graduated from the University of Michigan and University of Chicago, and completed post-graduate training in relationship and sex therapy at University of Illinois and Council for Relationships in Philadelphia.  She fulfilled requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) to become a Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor of Sex Therapy.  She has completed Level One training in Internal Family Systems and is continuing her studies.  She has presented at Smart Marriages, AASECT, and other conferences, and written articles on clinical topics.  She loves learning new things, cooking, and writing comics with her husband.

Cost: No charge for PSCSW Members to attend; $20 for Non Members to attend. There is a $10 fee for anyone wishing a CE certificate.

Cancellation Policy:

PSCSW Members: There is a $5 non refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program.
Non Members: There is a $10 non refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program.

No refund will be issued if less than 48 hours notice is given for this program.

This program is presented and hosted by PSCSW members. Both the presenter and host put a lot of time and preparation to make sure that attendees are receiving a wonderful program and feel welcome at the program. Just as in your professional life when someone cancels last minute, it has an impact on you. Please be cognizant of this when you register for this program.

Continuing Education Credits:

For Pennsylvania Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors: This program is approved for credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).

For New Jersey Social Workers:  This program is approved for credits.  Programs or courses approved by boards that license social work practice in other states are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)10).

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  • March 15, 2015
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm