Intro to Sex Therapy: The Intersections of Erotic Landscapes, Social Justice Lenses & Sex Education in Therapeutic Relationships

Recorded Webinar 
Instructor: Shannon L. Sennott, LICSW, CST 
CEs/Contact Hours: 2 CEs 
Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: Social workers and other social service providers.
Course Delivery Method and Format: Recorded webinar, self study. All courses are hosted on SmithOnline. Login information will be emailed immediately after registration to the email address entered during registration.
System Requirements: Attendees will need access to a computer with internet and the capability to play recorded videos.

Date of original webinar: April 4, 2022 

When it comes to having the skills to support clients in their intimate and sexual concerns, there has long been a divide between the field of clinical social work and mental health counseling and the field of sex therapy. On the micro, mezzo and macro levels this separation between the fields has required clinicians to renounce one area of inquiry to pursue the other. 

This workshop is an interactive exploration of the overlaps and intersections of socially just therapy, radical clinical practices and erotic and sexual template awareness in the therapeutic relationship. It will acknowledge that socially just talk therapy should inherently include an introductory level understanding of sex and gender therapy. Core concepts and principles of sex therapy will be offered and we will explore the countertransferential dilemmas that therapists come up against when introducing sex and gender theories into their practice.  Case examples will be presented to illuminate strategies for integrating the foundations of sex education into daily therapy practice.

Registration Fees and Deadlines:

$45 (one time registration fee of $5) | Ongoing

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify three components of socially just sex therapy practices and how to incorporate these components into clinical work. 
  2. Describe the process of taking a sexual and intimate history and be able to prepare a client/s for this assessment and experience.
  3. Identify three ways that the foundations of sex and gender therapy can support all clients, not just the clients that seek out sex and gender therapy. 


  • Introduction to socially just sex and gender therapy
  • Taking sexual histories and learning sexual styles/templates 
  • Case presentations and countertransferential dynamics       
  • Tenets of sex therapy integrated into daily practice   
  • Wrap-up and participant questions

About the Instructor:

Shannon L. Sennott, LICSW, CST, is the co-founder of Translate Gender, Inc. and the Center for Psychotherapy and Social Justice. She was clinically trained at the Smith College School for Social Work and the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society in New York City and is an AASECT certified sex therapist. Sennott is an adjunct faculty member at the Smith College School for Social Work, teaching family theory and sex theory. Sennott also maintains a full-time private practice at the Center for Psychotherapy and Social Justice in Northampton, Massachusetts. Sennott utilizes a transfeminist therapeutic approach in her work with individuals, adolescents and families. Her interests extend to working with couples, consensually non-monogamous and polyamorous relationships and groups and she especially enjoys working with those in alternative family structures. Her clinical orientation is influenced by both narrative therapy and dialogic practice traditions. Sennott’s published paper in Women and Therapy Journal, introduces her transfeminist therapeutic approach, “Gender Disorder as Gender Oppression: A Transfeminist Approach to Rethinking the Pathologization of Gender Non-Conformity”. More recently, Sennott delivered the keynote for the Ackerman Institute for the Family annual conference in 2018 and she is enjoying clinically supervising and training other clinicians, institutions and organizations in their work with erotically marginalized people. Her recent publication with Routledge Books is titled, Sex Therapy with Erotically Marginalized Clients: Nine Principles of Clinical Support. 

Completion Requirements for Recorded Webinars and Online Courses.

To receive a CE certificate, you must complete the entirety of the recorded webinar or recorded video presentation. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the class. For recorded webinars and online courses, participants must complete an evaluation and a post test, noting the length of time to complete the course. Participants must earn a minimum score of 80 percent on the post test in order to earn CEs. Retesting is allowed up to five (5) times. If a passing score is not achieved, CEs will not be awarded. Links to the evaluation and post test are available in SmithOnline. Participants must also complete an attestation of completion for each fully completed course. A copy of the attestation is available in SmithOnline. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.

How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?

Upon completing the course evaluation, successfully passing the post test and submitting the attestation, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of course completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on submitting attestion, completion of the evaluation and passing the post test.

Continuing Education Credits and Approvals for This Course

Continuing Education (CE) credits offered vary by course. This course only offers the CE credits listed below.  It is the attendees' responsibility to contact their licensing board to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.


Smith College School for Social Work, #1755, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period:11/19/2021-11/19/2024 . Social workers completing this course receive 2 clinical continuing education credits.


Smith College School for Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is therefore authorized to provide CEs as a postsecondary institution accredited by CSWE in many states. Courses offered through the School’s Program of Professional Education are awarded continuing education credits in accordance with Continuing Education Regulation 258, CMR, 31.00 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

NY State

Smith College School for Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0169.

Approved for Counselors (LMHC/LPC)


Smith College School for Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7110. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Smith College School for Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This course offers 2 contact hours.