Evening Speaker Series
Low Sexual Desire: What Do You Do When You Don't Want to Do It?
Presented by Penelope Frohlich, PhD
Thursday, October 1, 2020
7:30PM – 9:00PM CST

Zoom Presentation
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Registration Fees
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Non-Members: $20

CME/CEU (1.5 hrs.) Fees
Active & Student Members: Free
Friend Members: $20
Non-Members: $20

Low or absent sexual desire is diagnostically and therapeutically challenging. A variety of issues can lead to low libido and even if you have correctly diagnosed the core problem it can be tenaciously resistant to treatment. This is in sharp contrast to other sexual symptoms such as erectile dysfunction or sexual pain that frequently are successfully alleviated by medical treatment and/or short term psychological treatment models. In clients with low libido the core issue may be fairly clear, but more often the core problem is complex and difficult to identify and the whole of the intrapsychic and interpersonal dynamics must be considered to help the client achieve his or her therapeutic goals. Several cases will be presented and discussed to illustrate this richly diverse group.

  1. Attendees will be able to differentiate between asexuality, sexual aversion, and low or absent sexual desire, and will be able to differentiate between different types and degrees of low desire.
  2. Attendees will be able to identify a variety of issues that can lead to low or absent sexual desire.
  3. Attendees will be able to identify treatment interventions most likely to increase libido and sexual pleasure.

Penny Frohlich received her Ph.D in clinical psychology at the University of Texas at Austin Sexual Psychophysiology Laboratory. She interned at the Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospital in San Antonio where she counseled male and female veterans with depression, anxiety, spinal cord injuries, sexual and combat-related post traumatic stress disorder, and sexual dysfunction. She worked as a Lecturer and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin and Concordia University at Austin, and has published eight peer reviewed articles and chapters on sexuality. She received post-doctoral training in psychoanalytic theory, marriage and family therapy, and somatic experiencing theories and techniques. She has been practicing in the Austin area since 2005 where she offers individual and couples therapy to adult clients.
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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, and Houston Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

HPS, through co-sponsorship with the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, also offers approved CEs for social workers, licensed professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists.