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This new training will review the research and current models of the evolution of sexual trauma. We will explore the differences between men and women in their response to childhood trauma and the evolutionary psychological foundations for these differences. Importantly, this training will introduce some specific interventions for practitioners to help people afflicted with the adult manifestations of childhood trauma. Many of these will be based on recently published research by Dr. Mike Abrams. 

During this class we will look at the use of objective measures in assessing sexual problems. Clinicians will receive assistance in determining the point at which a sexual style becomes a dysfunction. Case studies will be presented to clarify some of the techniques that are discussed in this training.


Trainer, Dr. Mike Abrams, PhD, MBA, ABPP, is a psychologist and co-author with Albert Ellis of several works on rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). He is the author of 5 psychology books or textbooks and more than 20 research publications. His most recent book “The New CBT: Clinical Evolutionary Psychology" has been reviewed as the book on the subject Dr. Abrams is best known for extending CBT to include principles of evolutionary psychology and collaborating with the founder of CBT Albert Ellis to develop many new applications for these clinical modalities. Dr. Abrams’ new clinical method which applies evolutionary psychology and behavioral genetics to CBT is called Informed Cognitive Therapy (ICT). His current research has found new connections between childhood abuse and adult sexual functioning.Dr. Abrams is an Adjunct Full Professor in the M.A. Program in Psychology at New York University where he teaches graduate level courses in modern psychotherapeutic technique, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and the Psychology of Sexuality. Prior to his work with Ellis and his more recent contributions to psychotherapy research, Abrams worked with people suffering from life-threatening illnesses and was the first non-gay psychologist to volunteer to counsel people with AIDS at the Gay Men's Health Crisis in New York. This work led to a book co-authored with Ellis on Death and Dying. In it, he and Ellis rejected the stage theory of Kubler-Ross and replaced it with a constructivist model of the psychology of confronting mortality.


1. Overview of the modern evolution of sexual psychology       15 minutes

2. Back to Nature vs. Nurture -  Heritable and biological factors in trauma  - 10 minutes

3. Presentation of first case video - 10 minutes

4. Explanation of the trauma in that case and the challenge to the clinician - 10 minutes

5. The differential role of childhood abuse in men's and women's sexual response 12-15 minutes

6. Informed cognitive psychotherapy - teaching the clinician to enlighten the client about their unique response to trauma.  20 Minutes 

7. Three annotated clinical vignettes with detailed explanations of interventions and the underlying logic. 30 minutes

7a.Participants will take 5 minutes after each vignette to formulate the basis of the client's problem and suggested treatment. 20 minutes

7b. An additional 10-15 minutes discussing the competing perspectives in light of the current research.

8. Conclusion and Summary with all concepts brought to an applied conclusion - 20 mintues



Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to express and understanding of the role of heritability and evolutionary psychology in psychological dissorders
  • Participants will be able to understand the role of childhood abuse in disparate manifestations of trauma in adults
  • Participants will be able to apply new clinical interventions to help adults with sexual trauma
This presentation is open to:
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
This online class is offered at an intermediate level ,and is beneficial for an intermediate level clinician:
  • New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
  • Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
  • Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
  • Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives

Course Length: 3 Hours

This Webinar Offers 3 Continuing Education Credits
This webinar is recorded and will not grant live credits.

    • CE You! is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CE You! maintains responsibility for this program..
    • CE You LLC 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-0437

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Participants will receive their certificate electronically upon completion of the webinar and course evaluation form.
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