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Dr. Marty Klein, When Sex Gets Complicated: Infidelity, Pornography & (Almost) Everything Else

  • November 04, 2016
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • McConnell Foundation Lema Ranch, 800 Shasta View Drive, Redding, CA


You may register online and pay via paypal or mail a check within seven days to RRC-CAMFT, P.O. Box 990003, Redding, CA 96099-0003.
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About Dr. Marty Klein...

Dr. Marty Klein doesn’t just treat sexual and intimacy problems—he formulates new ways to think about the culture that spawns sexual and intimacy problems, and the ways in which psychology, medicine, and the media collude with pathology-based narratives that keep both professionals and our clients stuck.

Marty frequently appears in the popular media, such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, National Public Radio, and The Daily Show. Marty is an outspoken critic of many popular and clinical ideas about sexuality and emotional health, and is a dedicated advocate of sexuality training for psychologists, physicians, attorneys, clergy, and school boards. He recently gave two U.S. Congressional briefings on evidence-based sex education.

Marty’s blog and electronic newsletter Sexual Intelligence are frequently cited as sources of innovative thinking about sexuality, culture, politics, and the media. His new book is Sexual Intelligence; Psychology Today calls it “unflinching,” and encourages us to “read this if you want to improve your sex life.”

Each year Marty trains thousands of psychologists and physicians across the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He has been an invited Master Presenter at 9 state CAMFT conferences. Audiences consistently call his talks thought-provoking, down-to-earth, and entertaining.

About the training....

The number of clients involved in non-monogamy, pornography, sadomasochism, online eroticism, and sex toys has dramatically increased. Are we prepared to provide them quality therapy?

There are fundamental things about sexuality that the internet has not changed: the desire to feel desired; insecurity about “performance;” the search for the perfect partner; the yearning for connection; the fear of intimacy; the desire for pleasure; and fear of sexuality’s power.

The internet, however, has increased everyone’s opportunities for sexual expression: 24-hour pornography; apps that feed the hookup culture; the flood of online information; sex toys for sale on Amazon; & Grindr; and platforms for every kind of sex work.

With everyone’s old-fashioned brain and body attempting to function sexually in a post-modern world, new challenges have emerged for therapists, including:

  • How can we help partners with contrasting sexual values talk with each other productively?
  • After infidelity (online or offline), how do we hold both partners while they struggle to define their behavior, contract, and emotions?  What if they don’t agree on the definition of “infidelity”?  What if one partner wants to change their sexual arrangement?
  • What is the structure of most couples’ conflicts about porn?  What are these conflicts really about?  How do we help two adults negotiate meaningful agreements when one or both feel sad, lonely, or angry about their sexual relationship?  How do we help someone who’s using porn self-destructively?
This practical, fast-paced seminar by a master clinician will address contemporary clinical questions such as:

  • What is most pornography really like?
  •  Is there such a thing as healthy use of porn?  If so, what does that look like?
  • Is healthy non-monogamy possible?  If so, how can we distinguish if from fear of intimacy or commitment?
  • How do we respond when a patient says, “that’s just internet play,” and their partner says, “no that’s emotional infidelity?”
  • Is there such a thing as sex addiction?  Porn addiction?  Why does it matter what we call it?
  • What should we do if we disapprove of a patient’s sexual practices?
Six Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education Credits for MFT, LCSW, PSY.D, and Ph.D provided by Advanced Education Institute (AEI).   AEI is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The Advanced Education Institute (www. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn: 

  • What the internet has NOT changed about sexuality & relationships, and how to help patients focus on these things
  • The typical dynamics of individuals & couples regarding conflict about pornography use
  • To increase one’s comfort and skill in dealing with “alternative” sexual expression such as BDSM, consensual non-monogamy, and erotic role-playing
  • The limitations & disadvantages of the “sex addiction” model
  • The similarities between male & female sexuality, and how to help patients focus on these similarities
  • The existential implications of various sexual decision-making and belief systems

Thursday Evening
Case Consultation Group with
 Dr. Marty Klein

A small case consultation group will be held on Thursday evening from 6:00 PM until 8:15 PM. 
If interested, contact Alexa Singer-Telles at 530-246-8317 or

Fee: $45.00

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