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The Future of Sex: Exploring a New World of Eroticism

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Tammy Nelson, PhD
4 Hours 13 Minutes
Mar 16, 2023
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In this era of sex robots, teledildonics, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality, it can be a challenging—even bewildering—task for therapists to keep up with the impact of new technology on clients’ sexual behavior. At the same time, an increase in nonmonogamous arrangements can further challenge therapists’ beliefs about sex and relationships. In this intensive and fun recorded session, we'll use video, small-group discussion, and virtual reality to explore:

  • How to create a safe, nonjudgmental environment for clients by working on biases and countertransference around sex-related stereotypes
  • Alternative sexual practices that may come up in therapy
  • How clients are affected by new sex tech and its potential use with sex ed, intimacy and disability
  • Communication strategies for discussing new pathways for pleasure and navigating potential triggers to unconventional sexual behavior


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 4.25 hours CPD.



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Tammy Nelson, Ph.D., is an internationally acclaimed psychotherapist, Board Certified Sexologist, Certified Sex Therapist, and Certified Imago Relationship Therapist. She has been a therapist for almost 30 years and is the executive director of the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute. She started the institute to develop courses for psychotherapists as the need grew for certified, integrated postgraduate sex and couple’s therapists in a growing field of mental health consumers who need more complex interventions for their relationship needs.

Dr. Tammy is a TEDx speaker, Psychotherapy Networker Symposium speaker and the author of several books, including Getting the Sex You Want: Shed Your Inhibitions and Reach New Heights of Passion Together (Quiver, 2008) and the best-selling The New Monogamy: Redefining Your Relationship After Infidelity (New Harbinger, 2013), as well as When You’re the One Who Cheats: Ten Things You Need to Know (RL Publishing Corp., 2019) and the upcoming Integrative Sex and Couples Therapy (PESI, 2020).

She has been a featured expert in New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Rolling Stone magazine, TIME Magazine, Redbook, Glamour, The Sun, and The London Times. She is the host of a popular podcast on iTunes, “The Trouble with Sex”, and writes for the Huffington Post, YourTango, ThriveGlobal, and Dr. Tammy can be followed on her blog,


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Tammy Nelson maintains a private practice and is executive director and primary faculty at Integrated Sex Therapy Training Institute (ISTI) and has an employment relationship with Daybreak University. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc., and she additionally receives royalties from New Harbinger and Sounds True. She is a paid consultant for Evergreen Certifications. Dr. Nelson has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Tammy Nelson serves on the board of advisors for the World Association of Sex Coaches. She is a member of the American Art Therapy Association, American Association of Sex Educators, Sex Counselors, and Sex Therapists (AASECT), American Comprehensive Energy Psychology Association (ACEP), American Counseling Association, American Family Therapy Academy, American Family Therapy Association (AFTA), American Psychological, Association (APA), Big Tent Ketamine group (BTK), Connecticut Counselors, Imago Relationships International Association of Professional and Certified Therapists, International Board of Sexologists, International Institute for Sexuality and Human Development, Nonfiction Authors Association, Society Scientific Study Sexuality (SSSS), and the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR).


  1. Assess clinicians’ sex-related stereotypes, resistance, and shame to create a safe, comfortable, and nonjudgmental environment for clients.
  2. Catalogue the ways in which technology is changing sexuality for your clients.
  3. Evaluate responses and any vicarious trauma that may be triggered by issues around unconventional sexual behavior in order to improve clinical outcomes.
  4. Utilize effective communication strategies when discussing sexual issues in the consulting room and while asking questions therapeutically.


  • The role of therapist bias when working clinically around the topic of sex
  • The newest trends in sex tech and their potential clinical impact
  • Identifying and managing triggers when working with unconventional sexual behavior
  • Expanding ability to communicate about sexual issues in the consulting room and ask questions therapeutically
  • Future considerations that will effect sex and couples therapy
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners 
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



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