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Fri, Sep 15



Guiding Couples Through Low Desire and Desire Discrepancies

4 APA & AASECT CE Credits Available Presenter: Dr. Barry McCarthy

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Guiding Couples Through Low Desire and Desire Discrepancies
Guiding Couples Through Low Desire and Desire Discrepancies

Time & Location

Sep 15, 2023, 9:00 AM – 1:20 PM PDT


About the event

Guiding Couples Through Low Desire and Desire Discrepancies

Presented by Dr. Barry McCarthy

Date: Friday, September 15, 2023

Time: 9:00 am PST – 1:20 pm PST

Duration:Approximately 4 hours

Webinar Focus:

In this clinically-oriented webinar, Dr. Barry McCarthy will share his extensive knowledge and expertise, focusing on the most common sexual problem experienced by couples: low desire and desire discrepancies. His new therapeutic model emphasizes viewing desire as a couple's issue and advocating for the Good Enough Sex (GES) approach, which prioritizes the couple's sexual pleasure over individual intercourse performance.

Key Webinar Highlights:

  • Rethinking the Therapeutic Approach: Dr. McCarthy will challenge traditional methods of addressing low desire and introduce a revolutionary new approach that empowers clients as a couple to tackle intimacy challenges together.
  • Responsive Sexual Desire: Gain insights from Dr. McCarthy on the power of responsive sexual desire and how it can be harnessed to reignite passion and deepen emotional connections.
  • The Good Enough Sex (GES) Approach: Learn from the expert about the GES approach and its potential to foster a more satisfying and pleasurable intimate life for couples.

Dr. McCarthy will delve into the essential elements of desire, pleasure, eroticism, and satisfaction, demonstrating how these components can transform the dynamics of clients' relationships.

About Dr. Barry McCarthy:

Dr. Barry McCarthy is a licensed psychologist and certified sex therapist with over four decades of experience in the field. He is a distinguished professor of psychology at American University, where he has taught courses on human sexuality, couples therapy, and integrative behavioral couple therapy. Dr. McCarthy is widely recognized for his groundbreaking research and clinical work on sexual desire and intimacy, making him a sought-after authority in the field. He has authored numerous books and articles, including "Rekindling Desire: A Step-by-Step Program to Help Low-Sex and No-Sex Marriages," which has been recognized as a seminal work in couples therapy.

Audience and Level of Instruction:

This webinar is tailored for practicing mental health practitioners and will include advanced content taught at the post-doctoral level.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation, the learner will be able to:

  1. Utilize the four session assessment to understand low desire and desire discrepancies as a couple issue.
  2. Assign and monitor psychosexual skill exercises to facilitate sexual comfort, attraction, trust, and implement each partner’s preferred sexual scenario.
  3. Explain why responsive sexual desire is more teachable and genuine than spontaneous desire.
  4. Design an individualized relapse prevention plan to maintain resilient sexual desire.

Continuing Education Information:

This Program is eligible for eligible for four AASECT and/or APA CE units.

The Olsen Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Olsen Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 4 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information please contact


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Event Recording:

A recording of this event will be made available online for all participants for a period of 30 days.  The recording will be made available as soon as possible after the event, but no later than 2 weeks following the event.

References List:

McCarthy, B. & Oppliger, T. (2019). Treatment of desire discrepancy: One clinician’s approach. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. 10.1080.009263x.2019.1594475

McCarthy, B. & Ross, L. (2019). Relational styles and couple sexual style: Similar or different? The Family Journal, 27,245-249.

McCarthy, B., Cohn, D., & Korman, C. (2018). Sexual equity and the good enough sex model. Sexual and Relationship Therapy. 10.1080/14681994.2818.1538555

Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from Dr. Barry McCarthy, a leading authority in sexual health and couples therapy, while earning four AASECT and/or APA CE credits.

Secure your spot now for this enriching and enlightening webinar designed exclusively for you as a professional therapist.


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