Sex Therapy 101: An Introductory Guide for Couples Therapists

Presented by Amanda Pasciucco, LMFT on 02-26-2021 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Our sexuality holds important information about who we are and how we behave to meet our needs. It contains our fantasies, our fears, trauma, body esteem, techniques, and communication between sexual partners.

In this 2-hour continuing webinar, Amanda Pasciucco, LMFT will provide couples counselors and therapists with an understanding of how to use beginner sex therapy interventions with common couples cases. With a particular lens from a holistic sex educator approach, Amanda will outline the PLISSIT model of therapy--an evidence-based framework for addressing sexual issues--to provide new clinical interventions to couples counseling that offers a diverse and inclusive systemic perspective. She will review the PLISSIT model stages (for which the PLISSIT abbreviation is derived): permission, limited information, specific suggestions, and intensive therapy.

Through a multi-technique, sex-positive approach, Amanda will describe strategies clinicians can use to improve the sexual lives of their clients, and see that this often carries into a systemic transformation for the couples.

This introductory continuing education webinar is designed to help mental health professionals:

  1. Describe the systemic impact of how cultural narratives affect one's view of romantic relationships.
  2. Outline at least three specific therapeutic solutions to solve the emotional distress within partnered couples’ bedrooms.
  3. List therapeutic techniques and tips to help overcome basic couples issues.
  4. Review the evidence-based approach of the PLISSIT model to use with individuals and couples with sexual dysfunction. 
  5. Identify when to refer out when the case is beyond a couples therapy case and is a sexual dysfunction case.

Statement of program material's accuracy, utility, and risks: This course covers evidence-based practices and is culturally competent and LGBTQI+ inclusive. It has the following inclusion criteria for participants identified by the presenter:

  • Be 18 years old or older.
  • Identify professionally and have at least a master’s degree as a psychologist, marriage therapist, family therapist, counselor, social worker, or other mental health professions. Preferred that you have a license to practice in your state.
  • Be aware that the principles are in line with the sentiments of American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).

Declaration identifying any potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support: None.

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Meet the Presenter

Amanda Pasciucco, LMFT

Amanda Pasciucco, LMFT

Amanda Pasciucco (pronounced Pa-shoe-ko) is a catalyst for igniting passion within romantic and sexual relationships. She is a Latina, international coach and speaker who has been featured on CNN, HuffPost, Playboy, Men’s Health, Daily Mail, Maxim, and more.

Amanda has helped transform the intimate lives of people experiencing low desire; infertility; sexless relationships; and arousal, orgasm, and penetration problems. She has helped thousands of individuals and couples transform their sexual lives over the last decade. Because of this success, she has become known as “The Sex Healer” by her clients and colleagues. Her charismatic, straight-forward approach combined with tantra techniques, sex therapy, and somatic experiencing motivates and propels people forward.

As the founder of Life Coaching and Therapy (LCAT) in West Hartford, CT, Amanda and her team of therapists see clients on-site as well as through video and text therapy. Through her flexible, multi-technique, sex-positive approaches, clients improve their sexual lives, and this often carries into a whole life transformation. She believes that “pleasure is healing” for individuals and couples, and that sex education and pleasurable sex can be attainable for all adults. This, combined with her energy and expertise, enables Amanda to help clients achieve their sexual and relationship goals.

Amanda earned her Bachelor’s from Providence College and Master’s from the University of Connecticut in Human Development and Family Studies. She is a Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Sexology, as she is all but dissertation. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and an American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) Certified Sex Therapist and an AASECT Continuing Education Provider, Amanda has more than 15,000 client hours of experience. Amanda Pasciucco’s book available on Amazon, written for Monogamous, Cis Het Women Beginning their Sexual Journeys, is Playtime: A Guide To Sexual Conquests For Women.

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

  • aceGoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Logo GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • aceGoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/30/2019 - 03/30/2022.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

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