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Discovering Desire: A Case Study Approach Exploration of the Treatment of Sexual Aversion (Part 1)
Description: How to create sexual desire where none exists? This question has long perplexed alchemists, sorcerers, romantics, and frustrated lovers.  It now confronts sex therapists. Using a single case study approach, this innovative workshop will explore key facets of the successful treatment of sexual aversion in the context of an arranged marriage. Two contrasting viewpoints (cognitive-behavioral and humanistic-existential) will be presented. Participants will be engaged in a discussion of desire, pleasure, cultural norms and the importance of clinical creativity.

Objective(s): At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: identify the full spectrum of sexual desire disorders with a primary focus on distinguishing sexual aversion, and global and situational manifestations of Female Sexual Interest and Arousal Disorder (FSIAD); identify the difficulties inherent in the treatment of sexual aversion; describe two theoretical perspectives (humanistic-existential and cognitive-behavioral) regarding sex therapy treatment of sexual aversion; recognize skills applicable to case formulation and treatment of sexual aversion; recognize skills in culturally sensitive sex therapy; identify the challenges and opportunities when working with couples from arranged marriages.