Psycho-Sexual Attraction

This continuing education module addresses how to handle a situation where your Client feels a sense of physical attraction towards you or indicates a desire for an intimate relationship, why this occurs in the first place, and steps you can take to proceed in both an ethical and therapeutic manner. Though this is intended for psychologists, the concepts presented here could be equally applicable to many other types of mental health practitioners.

The training will focus on understanding the transference issues that lead towards these feelings of attraction and on the behavioral techniques you can use to best manage this sometimes novel situation. First, it’s important to understand that some level of attraction is a natural byproduct of the therapeutic relationship. Consider how similar the joining process of therapeutic relationships is to the process of mate selection. In both processes you have close proximity, similar goals, and a special sense of intimacy, which grows with each passing encounter. This can easily shift towards a sense of attraction and can happen with Clients first experiencing the therapeutic relationship as well as with seasoned therapists.
The continuing education module is three hours in length and will result in the viewer receiving three hours of continuing education credit. The three hour presentation is broken down into 12, roughly 10-minute segments numbered 1 through 12. The three hour presentation is broken down into smaller segments for ease of video streaming, for viewing convenience, and to not inconvenience the viewer should the viewer’s internet connection become unexpectedly interrupted. At the end of each short segment, there will be several content mastery questions that the viewer must pass at 80% or better to continue to the next segment. These content master questions are part of the way we ensure that viewers participate in the training, are a requirement from several of the approval boards, and are important to LeafWing For Professionals in achieving the goal of ensuring high quality training for professionals. Depending on your internet speed, we advise that when you click on the play button of the videos, that you press the pause button for 20-30 seconds to allow the video to buffer. This will help with playback.

Topic: Psycho-Sexual Attraction

Approved by: BACB


Your Instructor


Dr. John Murphy
Dr. John Murphy

Dr. Murphy’s clinical experience includes anxiety disorders, depression, interpersonal relationship issues, phobias, and stress disorders. His focus for treatment includes, stress management techniques including hypnotherapy and autogenic training as well as cognitive-behavioral techniques. His interests include ethics in professional practice, cultural & gender variations in managing interpersonal relationship, and media psychology. He’s licensed in the State of California as a clinical psychologist (#22783) and a member of the American Psychological Association.


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