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Depathologizing Porn

Depathologizing Porn

media-audiocourse-tn With Joe Kort and Tammy Nelson • 4 Sessions • 4 Optional CE Credits

couples-a901-porn-adult-contentLearn how to help couples understand the meaning of porn use from each partner's perspective and negotiate a mutually satisfactory way to deal with it, when appropriate.

Even though Internet porn has become ubiquitous in our society, many still tend to view its use as a symptom of sexual addiction, marital infidelity, or a serious threat to the relationship. But there are multiple reasons that people use porn, and it can have many meanings.

What's Covered in A901 Depathologizing Porn:

  • A practical guide for helping couples face the crisis when a spouse discovers that the other spouse (usually the man) is secretly using pornography.
  • How to help couples depathologize the issue and investigate what it means.
  • The three basic reasons most men seek out porn, and potential problems associated with each.
  • Step-by-step instructions for helping the spouses develop empathy for each other and, finally, create a more differentiated sex life together.

4 Audio MP3 Sessions:
Download $39 • CDs $49 (+$5 Shipping)
Add 4 CE Credit Hours: $39

A901 Depathologizing Porn

Session 1:

  • Sex, Infidelity, and Internet Addiction: Is It a Relationship Issue?
  • Defining pornography, infidelity, and sexual addiction
  • Three reasons men go online • Masturbation
  • How paraphilias are a factor (20:1 male to female ratio)
  • Internet relationships
  • Differences between compulsion, addiction, and non-pathological pornography use
  • Sexual and emotional infidelity--differences for men and women, gays and straight
  • The triple-A engine of access, affordability, and anonymity of the Internet

Session 2:

  • Infidelity, Affairs, Monogamy
  • How women view porn and why
  • The stages of relationships
  • Defining infidelity and negotiating monogamy
  • The monogamy spectrum
  • The erotic curiosity spectrum
  • Compartmentalization
  • Secrecy versus privacy
  • Can porn help couples remain monogamous?
  • Courtship disorders
  • Erotic rage
  • Betrayal
  • Keeping secrets

Session 3:

  • Internet Addiction, Social Networking, Cheating Online
  • What is porn trauma?
  • What is sexual neglect?
  • Recovery from porn trauma and interpersonal sexual neglect
  • The three sexual scripts--procreative, relational, and recreational
  • Cracking the code of porn
  • Sexual cathexis to porn; what it looks like
  • Long-term affects of porn use
  • When is the relationship at risk?
  • Betrayal bonds
  • Trauma repetition

Session 4:

  • Treatment Interventions
  • Projections as the therapist
  • Therapist’s values
  • Transparency
  • Healthy porn, healthy sex
  • When porn is okay for men, women, or couples
  • Why are some men interested in fantasies that don’t include their wives?
  • When to intervene
  • What does recovery look like?
  • Individual recovery, couple recovery
  • Erotic recovery
  • Follow the erotica road
  • Opportunity for differentiation

Meet Presenters Joe Kort, LMSW & Tammy Nelson, MS

Joe Kort
Joe Kort, L.M.S.W., specializes in individual, couples, and group psychotherapy for gay and straight clients. He’s a certified Imago Relationship therapist and the author of Gay Affirmative Therapy for the Straight Clinician: The Essential Guide.



Tammy NelsonTammy Nelson, M.S., is the founder and executive director of the Center for Healing. She’s the author of Getting the Sex You Want and What’s Eating You? She is a Certified Sexologist, Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Imago Therapist.



4 Audio MP3 Sessions:
Download $39 • CDs $49 (+$5 Shipping)
Add 4 CE Credit Hours: $39

The content of this course is at the introductory - intermediate level.