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    • Sat, April 22, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 1:45 PM
    • via Zoom on your computer / device

    Central Coast–CAMFT


    When They Say Porn is the Problem: Clinical Conceptualizations and Treatment for this Phenomenon Grounded in Mental Health 

    Presented By:
    Diane Gleim,
    LMFT, CST, CST-S License #44429

    A Zoom Presentation

    Saturday, April 22, 2023
    9:30 am – 1:45 pm

    4 CE Credits*

    Our Presentation

    In the 21st century, pornography has become the lightning rod where sexuality, technology, and morality all collide. As a result, it is a confusing subject for most, including the mental health profession. Our profession marginalizes sex: there is and has been a profound erotophobia across the field for generations.  Furthermore, it has been difficult for our profession to see the role morality plays in our understanding and treatment of human sexuality issues. Current research shows that therapist training in sexuality is often limited in scope and depth and this directly impacts a clinician’s comfort and competence in working with any sexual issue. Without critical thinking and additional specialized training, therapists can default to sex-negative, pop culture-informed, or traditional gendered stereotypes about all things sex. This of course includes ideas about pornography. The thoughtful therapist is aware of this but may not know what else to think, where to turn for more information, or how else to help their clients when pornography is the stated problem.


    In this four hour intermediate-level course, attendees will first get a primer on porn literacy — a new way to conceptualize and relate to pornography without pathologizing or shaming. Recent research about pornography viewers and a client-centered perspective on pornography will be also presented. Attendees may find their previous assumptions challenged and their biases identified. Finally, attendees will learn tools for their sex-positive toolkit to help both individuals and couples when pornography is causing conflict.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Compare the different elements regarding what pornography is, is not, can be, and is ambiguous about.
    2. Identify four factors that make a client vulnerable to pornography issues.
    3. Describe the difference between an intrapersonal conflict and interpersonal conflict when it comes to porn.
    4. Apply two interventions to help clients with pornography issues.
    * This presentation will be discussing modern-day pornography and sexual expression. At times, the presenter will use very specific language to discuss certain sexual curiosities, attractions, behaviors, etc. So while there will not be graphic visual imagery, there will be graphic verbal discussion. If you have concerns, please contact Kim Richards, CCC-CAMFT President. If during the training, any of this is upsetting to you, we encourage you to take care of yourself. And in the end, we fully respect that this might not be the right training for you.

    Please note that a 15-minute break will be provided midway through the presentation. We encourage you to have your lunch prepped and snacks/refreshments handy so you can maximize your break and enjoy the training from the comfort of your home/office. 

    About Our Presenter

    Diane Gleim is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor practicing in Santa Rosa, California. As the first Certified Sex Therapist in Sonoma County, Diane treats the many diverse issues related to sexual identity, sexual expression, sexual behavior, and sexual relationships. Her clients include everyone with a sexual concern: individuals and couples ages 18-80 and beyond, and the LGBTQ+, kinky, and poly populations. In addition to her private practice,  Diane’s work also includes speaking at mental health and medical organizations on a variety of topics related to sex and therapy; providing consultations to therapists on their challenging sexuality-related cases; being a CAMFT-approved CE provider; writing the blog “Underneath the Sheets” on Psychology Today’s website; and supervising sex-therapists-in-training as the only AASECT Certified
    Sex Therapist Supervisor in Sonoma County. She has been quoted in The Press Democrat, Sonoma Magazine, The Buzz by Pure Romance, Quartz, MEL Magazine,, and a guest on podcasts. Diane has been voted Sonoma County’s Best Sex Therapist by the readers of the North Bay Bohemian four times

    This course is suitable for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LFCCs, associates of the preceding categories, and students. This course is eligible for 4 continuing education credits. Online, via Zoom. Registered attendees will receive a Zoom link at the time of registration.

    $50 Central Coast-CAMFT Members (CE Credits*)
    $0 Chapter Board Members
    $30 General Admission (No CE Credits*)
    $60 for Non-Chapter Members (CE Credits**)

    Closing date for registration is April 18, 2023 at 10pm.

    Unless otherwise specified, our courses meet the qualifications for hours of continuing education credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Completion of this course earns a discount on liability insurance.  You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the workshop.

    The Central Coast Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for MFTs, Associates and students, MSWs, LEPs and LPCCs. The Central Coast Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

    While the Central Coast Chapter of CAMFT makes every effort to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there may be occasional issues with regard to presentations/workshops which will require intervention and/or action on the part of the board. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such grievances.

    When a participant files a grievance and expects action on the complaint, the following actions will be taken:

    1. The participant(s) will be asked to put concerns in writing (this can be in electronic form, such as an email).
    2. If the grievance concerns a presenter, the content presented by the speaker, or the style of presentation, the individual filing the grievance will be asked to put their comments in written format. The Board will then pass on the comments to the speaker, assuring the confidentiality of the grieved individual.
    3. If the grievance concerns a presentation/workshop offering, its content, level of presentation, or the facilities in which the workshop was offered, the Board will mediate and will be the final arbitrator. If the participant requests action, the Board will:
    • provide a credit for a subsequent presentation/workshop or
    • provide a partial or full refund of the presentation/workshop fee

    Refund Policy
    Refund policy for all events: Registrants who do not attend or fail to cancel registration seven days prior to scheduled event will be charged full fee. The only exception will be for registrants who are unable to attend due to an emergency. If you need to cancel, please contact Chapter President Kim Richards within 10 days of the upcoming event at 805.458.8063 or email Kim Richards at

    Special Accommodations
    If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in any of our events, please contact Chapter President Kim Richards within 10 days of the upcoming event at 805.458.8063 or email Kim Richards at

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