Presenter: Ashley Grinonneau-Denton, Ph.D., CST, CSTS


When: Sunday December 5, 2021 1:00pm-4:00pm EST (live and recorded)


The DSM or Diagnostic and Statistical Manual serves as a source for diagnostic criteria for medical and mental illnesses. Whether diagnostic codes are needed for the specific work of a sexual health practitioner, it is important for clinicians of all stripes to understand the implications that within this text. Dr. Grinonneau-Denton will discuss psychosexual disorders, various modes of treatment, as well as the historical context that has created discrepancies in the manual known as the DSM.  


At the end of this session, participants will be able to:


1. Define overall, at least three (3) psychosexual diagnoses that can be found in the DSM 

2. Discuss the historical context of psychosexual diagnoses across various versions of the DSM and clinical techniques regarding how they can be treated.
3. Identify at least (2) diagnostic discrepancies that exist within the DSM.

Attending this webinar live will count toward synchronous learning if in attendance to the live webinar in real-time. Participants will be expected to complete a post webinar assignment as part of the completion of the 3 AASECT CE's. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification through the Sexuality Training Institute. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT Certification. For further information please contact

Sex Therapy Content Area: B. Techniques of sex-related assessment and diagnosis of the ‘Psychosexual Disorders’ described in the current edition of the DSM OR Sex Counseling Content Area: D. Theory and methods of sexuality counseling approaches to specific populations (e.g., youth, older adult, couples, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, ethnic/ cultural/ faith-based populations) OR Core Knowledge I. Range of sexual functioning and behavior, from optimal to problematic including, but not limited to, common issues such as: desire discrepancy, lack of desire, difficulty achieving or maintaining arousal, sexual pain, penetration problems and difficulty with orgasm.

The DSM and Psychosexual Disorders