Summer Institute: Topic Specific Learning to Enhance Your Practice









Summer Institute

~ A Virtual Event ~

July 23rd 10am – 5pm Central Time

6 CE’s

Save the date for SASH’s first Summer Institute!

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to witness and be a part of the new experience SASH is offering! The Summer Institute is a forum for experts in the field to join together to describe their own findings and interests on the theme of

Sexual Pleasure: Yours, Mine, and Ours.

Join us as Dr. Ian Kerner, Dr. Laurie Mintz, and Dr. Emily Nagoski talk about sexual pleasure. After the presentations, our speakers will host a panel conversation to further discuss the topic!

Closing the Orgasm Gap & Helping Clients Become Cliterate 

Dr. Laurie Mintz is a Professor at the University of Florida where she teaches Human Sexuality to hundreds of undergraduates yearly. She has published over 55 academic works. She is the author of two popular press books—both with published studies demonstrating their effectiveness: Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters and How to Get It and A Tired Woman’s Guide to Passionate Sex. Mintz has a private practice, working with clients on general and sexual issues. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, indicating that her work has had a positive national influence on the field of psychology.

Sex in Action: Rewriting Our Patients’ Sex Scripts 

Dr. Ian Kerner, LMFT specializes in sex therapy, couples therapy and working with individuals on a range of relational issues. Ian contributes regularly on the topic of sex for CNN and he is the New York Times best-selling author of She Comes First (Harper Collins) which has been translated into more than a dozen languages. In addition to being a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), Ian is certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists and is also a member of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA). His new book, So Tell Me About the Last Time You Had Sex, will be published by Hachette on April 20. Ian is the co-leader of the sex therapy program at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in NYC.

Come As You Are: Magnificent Desire

Dr. Emily Nagoski is Wellness Education Director and Lecturer at Smith College, where she teaches Women’s Sexuality. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Come As You Are and The Come As You Are Workbook. She has a PhD in health behavior with a doctoral concentration in human sexuality from Indiana University, and a master’s degree in counseling, with a clinical internship at the Kinsey Institute Sexual Health Clinic. She has taught graduate and undergraduate classes in human sexuality, relationships and communication, stress management, and sex education.

Summer Institute Schedule - ALL TIMES ARE CENTRAL
10:00am Closing the Orgasm Gap & Helping Clients Become Cliterate with Laurie Mintz

This workshop will overview statistics related to the orgasm gap between cisgender women and men and the related high percentage of cisgender, heterosexual women who have difficulty reaching orgasm with partners. The cultural and individual reasons for these issues will be elucidated.  A detailed treatment program for treating women struggling with difficulty reaching orgasm will be presented. Additionally, the importance of and strategies for pleasure activism will be provided.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the orgasm gap between cisgender women and men, and how it relates to the high prevalence of lack of pleasure and orgasm problems among women, particularly cisgender, heterosexual women.
  2.  Explain the individual, relational, and cultural causes of lack of pleasure and orgasm issues among women, particularly cisgender heterosexual women.
  3. Describe empirically supported to assist female clients struggling with orgasm issues in both individual and couple therapy.

11:30-11:45 Short Break

11:45-1:15 Sex in Action: Rewriting Our Patients’ Sex Scripts with Ian Kerner

“So Tell Me About the Last Time You Had Sex…” It’s the title of Ian Kerner’s new book and one of the first questions he asks all of his patients as a way of getting to the heart of sexual issues and impasses as quickly as possible.

Every sexual event tells a story, one that is rich with clinical material and ripe for insight.  In this workshop Dr. Kerner will describe the art and science of the “sex script analysis” – a way of assessing and guiding treatment, regardless of whether you specialize in sex therapy or just want to better integrate your patients’ sexual concerns into the broader therapeutic alliance.

Key themes will include: “rewriting” a patient or couple’s script; sheathing sexual behaviors in an “erotic skin”; learning why the sexual brain needs to not just turn on but also ‘turn off’ in order to enter in a sexual flow state and more.

By understanding your patients’ sex lives in action, and using the here and now as an entry-point into their subjective experience of sex, this workshop will not just give you the ability to confidently talk with patients about their sex lives, but to clinically help them do something about it.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the concept of a sex-script analysis and delineate key aspects as they relate to the assessment of sexual issues.
  2. Discuss the importance of psychogenic stimulation in stimulating arousal and ways in which patients can integrate psychogenic stimuli into their sex scripts
  3. Explain the concept of a sexual flow-state as it relates to the science of neural entrainment.

1:15-1:45 Snack Break

1:45-3:15pm Come as You Are: Magnificent Desire with Emily Nagoski

What is it that people want when they want sex? Just as important, what is it that they don’t want when they don’t want sex? The answers to these two questions can transform an individual’s or couple’s understanding of where sex fits in their lives and what meaning pleasure has in their relationship. In this talk, I clarify the differences among spontaneous desire, which emerges in anticipation of pleasure, responsive desire, which emerges in response to pleasure, and what I call “magnificent desire,” as informed by the work of Peggy Kleinplatz’s team at the University of Ottawa. This talk is based on the revised and updated version (2021) of Come As You Are.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

    1. Differentiate between “responsive desire,” “spontaneous desire,” and “magnificent desire” and explain their relevance to differential desire in couples
    2. Identify the major components of Optimal Sexual Experiences (OSE).
    3. Explain at least two lessons from people who self-identify as having “extraordinary sex” for couples struggling with desire differential.

3:15-3:30pm Short Break

3:30-5:00pm An Organic Panel Discussion with the Presenters

Join the presenters and they further discuss sexual pleasure and pose and answer questions from each other and participants.

Registration with book option includes autographed copies of  Becoming Cliterate by Laurie Mintz | So Tell Me About the Last Time You Had Sex by Ian Kerner (Release Date April 20,2021) | Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski (updated edition)


Are you thinking about attending the SASH Annual Conference?  Get a 10% discount on the conference registration when you register for both. Code sent with Summer Institute registration confirmation.