Self-Led Sexuality: An IFS Inspired Approach to Healing, Pleasure, and Empowerment


Patricia Rich, LCSW, CST-S (she/her)

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET

Location: Online via Zoom Videoconferencing

3 CE Credits Available for Psychologists, PA/NJ/DE LPCs and LMFTs, PA/DE Social Workers, and CSTs*

Meets AASECT Requirements

Registrants will receive the Zoom link to attend the workshop 1-2 days prior to the event date.

Council for Relationships is continuing to offer professional development workshops. All of our workshops will be held online until further notice. Earn CE credits from home.

Our workshops are intimate and, due to the nature of the content, active participation is expected.  It is expected that all attendees keep their camera on for the duration of the workshop. If you have questions about our expectations or require accommodations, please contact Abby Bronstein, Professional Development Manager.


Workshop Description:

Sexuality is complex and requires the harmonious functioning of many aspects of ourselves. Clients and therapists alike can feel challenged addressing sexuality with insight, compassion, hope, and direction. Self-Led Sexuality is an integrative approach developed by Patricia Rich that brings together principles of positive sexuality with the Internal Family Systems model (IFS), a cutting-edge therapeutic approach developed by Richard Schwartz that offers a non-pathologizing framework for understanding and resolving human struggles.  

Learn how our subpersonalities, also known as Parts, and our core authentic Self form our internal sexual system. Gain insight into the positive intentions of our Parts and how they may use sexuality to do their jobs. Recognize ways that personal and cultural oppression can burden the sexual system and how those burdens can ultimately be released.  

Session will include a brief overview of IFS principles and focus on their application to sexuality and will include didactic, experiential, and clinical content. 


Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

Target Audience: Therapists who are familiar with the IFS model


Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify core assumptions from the IFS model such as multiplicity of mind, Self, and the protective system. 
  2. Discuss how parts of the personality can use the sexual arousal cycle to do their jobs. 
  3. Demonstrate how exploring the therapist’s own internal system increases capacity to be present and effective with clients. 
  4. Articulate how IFS is applicable to clients with sexual intimacy issues.  



Buehler, S. (2017). What every mental health professional needs to know about sex. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Kleinplatz, P. & Menard, D. (2020). Magnificent Sex: Lessons From Extraordinary Lovers. Routledge.

Rosenberg, L. C. (2013). Welcoming All Erotic Parts: Our Reactions to the Sexual and Using Polarities to Enhance Erotic Excitement. In Internal Family Systems Therapy: New Dimensions (pp. 166-185). Routledge.

Schwartz, R. C. (2019). Internal family Systems Therapy, second edition. Guilford Publications.  


About the Presenter:

Patricia Rich, LCSW, CST-S (she/her), is a Certified IFS Therapist and Approved Consultant and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor. She fell in love with IFS in 2011 and has since completed Level 3, served as a Program Assistant, offered IFS workshops internationally and taught for the IFS Institute Online Continuity Program. She is creating an innovative model for Self-Led Sexuality based in IFS and offers training and consultation to mental health and sexuality professionals. She founded The Relating Well Center, LLC, a relationship and sexuality focused private practice in the Philadelphia area. She can be reached at 



Workshop Details:

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

1:00 pm – 4:00pm ET

Council for Relationships

Location: Online via Zoom Videoconferencing

Registrants will receive the Zoom link to attend the workshop 1-2 days prior to the event date.


3 CE Credits Available for Psychologists, PA/NJ/DE LPCs and LMFTs, PA/DE Social Workers, and CSTs*

Council for Relationships is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Council for Relationships maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The following entities accept continuing education credits provided by APA-approved sponsors: the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors; the New Jersey State Board of Marriage and Family Examiners; the Delaware State Board of Professional Counselors of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals; and the Delaware State Board of Social Work Examiners.

In other jurisdictions, please confirm the acceptance of APA credits with your licensing board.

*This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee ASSECT certification. For further information about certification, please contact

Council for Relationships staff and current students: visit your password-protected page for information regarding staff and student rates. Please contact Abby Bronstein, Professional Development Manager, for alumni rate and questions.

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Register for Self-Led Sexuality: An IFS Inspired Approach to Healing, Pleasure, and Empowerment:

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Additional information

AASECT Certificate ($25)

With AASECT Certificate, No AASECT Certificate

Event Details

Date: April 05, 2022

Start time: 01:00 p.m. EST

End time: 04:00 p.m. EST

Venue: Online via Zoom Videoconferencing


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