Exploring how Acceptance and Commitment Therapy can reduce sexual shame

Interview-style, with Elizabeth Irias, LMFT

  • Course Description

    For some therapists, talking about sex and sexual expression causes feelings of discomfort, confusion, and vulnerability. If we struggle with talking about sex as therapists, imagine what it’s like for our clients! This course discusses how the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy presents tools to tackle sexual topics can help both the client and the clinician navigate the topic of sex in therapy. This course includes discussion about how our own beliefs, values, and conditioning about sex can unknowingly contribute to shame in our clients, and how to increase our own comfort with the topic.

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: Describe the application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in the treatment of sexual shame; Complete an inventory to reveal biases, beliefs, and values about sex and sex behavior; Explain the concept of cognitive defusion and its relationship to sexual shame

    Target Audience and Instructional Level:
    This course is intended for psychologists, therapists, social workers, clinical counselors, and addiction counselors. Instructional level: Introductory

  • How To Take This Course

    In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated CE credit hour, you must:
    #1: Have an active paid Clearly Clinical membership
    #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast
    #3: Achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (the test has up to ten questions and you must earn a score of at least 80%; you are able to re-test)
    #4: Complete the requested course evaluation.

    Course elements (including the course audio, post-test, and requested course evaluation) can be completed on a computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account.

  • Course Format

    This high-quality and interesting course contains a one-hour, non-interactive audio podcast presentation which is available for free via all major public podcast providers. You can also listen to and download the file via our course player.

  • Commercial Support

    There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, presenter, sponsor, instructor, or content. The instructor, Georgia King, LCSW, mentions her website and trainings as additional resources for learners who are interested in becoming Mental Health Evaluators for immigration evaluations

  • Certificate Access Details

    Once you've completed the course, your certificate will automatically populate in the 'Certificate' section of your account; it will also be emailed to you. Access to completion certificate will expire 365 days after issuance. Course certificates will be on file for ten (10) years from date of course completion.

  • Accommodations

    If you have special needs or need an accommodation, please email us at info@clearlyclinical.com and we will do our best to assist you.

Interviewee and Interviewer

Erika Miley, LMHC

Sex Therapist

Erika Miley is a licensed mental health counselor in Washington State, and she is the founder and practice owner of The Center for Mental and Sexual Health. Her specialty lies in sexuality, working with monogamous and non-monogamous couples, non-binary genders, as well as people who suffer from anxiety and depression. Please visit Erika at ErikaMiley.com.

Elizabeth 'Beth' Irias, MS, LMFT

Interviewer & Clearly Clinical Founder

Elizabeth 'Beth' Irias (she/her) is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and the Founder and President of Clearly Clinical. She has specializations in Clinical Documentation, Best Practice, and Utilization Review, and works closely with clinical teams across the US as a trainer and national conference presenter; Beth was formerly an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University in the Graduate Psychology and Education department. Licensed in California and Oregon, she provides therapy via her private practice to young adult and adult clients, members of the LGBTQ population, and those with addictive disorders. She has two young children, a super cool spouse who helps out with Clearly Clinical's tech, and a rescue dog.

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