How to Help Our Patients Live in a Pornified World Workshop

Ian Kerner, Ph.D., LMFT

Friday, September, 2016 from 10am – 4pm

Internet porn accounts for 35% of all web traffic in the US and it’s estimated that between 25-30% of porn users are women. In the US a new porn video is created every 30 minutes and approximately 20% of all Internet sites are porn based. Every second approximately 50, 000 people are watching porn and 25% of men admit to accessing porn while at work. More people visit porn sites each month than Amazon, Netflix and Twitter combined.

Critics of porn will tell us that all this just goes to show that we’re living in a “porn-addicted” society but the reality is that we’re also living in a “porn-phobic” one as well.  As therapists, we are on the front lines of navigating the complexities of this new pornified world: the way it’s used by our patients and its effects on self-regulation and relationships. Often it’s not the actual porn itself that’s the problem, but the secrecy and shame that surrounds it.  But porn is here to stay, so we need to learn how to manage it in ways that promote pleasure and communication.

In this provocative workshop, sex therapist and author Ian Kerner will present the facts about Internet porn: when it’s a problem, when it’s not; the science, the trends, the myths, the reality. He will present case studies of those who have been hurt by porn, and also those whose relationships have been helped by porn. He will talk about his extensive work with porn abusers, and how patients can ultimately develop healthy habits. He will also expand the discussion of problematic porn usage to explore hyper-sexuality in general. At the end of this workshop attendees will have a clear view of porn usage in the US and the complex dynamics that surround it, as well as clinical tools to enter into dialogue with patients on the topic, assess for problematic usage and develop a treatment plan.


Birch Family Services  Training Room

104 W. 29th Street, 2nd floor (between 6th and 7th avenues)

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Fee: $175 – pay below.


If notified in writing of canceling one month before workshop date, fee is refunded minus $25 administrative fee.  Registrations canceled after that date are not refundable.


For additional information or questions, please contact our Program Coordinator Michael Moran, LCSW, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist:  646-298-5227;

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

This event is sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95402 for an additional fee of $20 paid to R. Cassidy Seminars upon completion of this training.  You can register, complete evaluation form and print out your certificate here:  Any questions about CEUs or certificates should be directed to R. Cassidy Seminars.

Satisfactory Completion
Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.

R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. R Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 4.75 Continuing Education Credits/Hours.

Social Workers
This organization, R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: April 15, 2015-April 15, 2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 4.75 continuing education clinical clock hours.

NY:  R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 4.75 contact hours live.

Sex Educators, Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists
This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 4.5 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”

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

Disability Access: If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.