Sex Therapy Skills Training II: Clinical Assessment and Psychosocial Intervention. South
Shore Sexual Health Center. January, 2019. 6-hour course. This training focused on teaching sex therapy trainees
and candidates how to utilize various psychosocial models of specific to sex therapy assessment, formulation, diagnosis, and
intervention. Specific topics included treatment of The DSM 5, ICD-10, sexual dysfunctions, systemic assessment, and collaborative
treatment planning with individuals and couples presenting with complex psychosexual disorders.
How to discuss sex and sexuality with clients: January
15, 2019: Consortium Seminar Guest Lecturer: William James College: Psy.D Program. This interactive lecture will explore
common themes that prevent clinicians in training from discuss sex and sexuality with clients. Specific frames e.g., PLISSIT
and 5-P model, Person of The Therapist, erotic transference and countertransference, as well as exploring basic frames of
reference to begin exploring sexuality, alt-sex practices, and erotic templates in psychotherapy practice. Specific attention
will be paid to the meaning of discomfort with topics of sexuality, eroticism, and sexual pleasure, when working with client
The uses of erotic transference
& countertransference to deepen the therapeutic and supervisory relationship. May 14, 2019. Northampton, MA. 2 Hour-Presentation.
AASECT Sponsored Reginal Event. Working with erotic transference and countertransference
in the clinical encounter is often avoided in the training of young psychotherapists. In turn, clinical supervisors, regardless
of discipline and theoretical orientation, are themselves often left unsure how to work with issues of erotic transference
and countertransference when supervisees raise the topic in supervision. This talk, drawing from clinical and supervisory
case examples, will begin a conversation on the process of working with erotic transference and countertransference, within
a boundaried and ethical framework, as aspects of normative therapeutic and supervisory practice. Co-facilitated with
Mary Ellen Meltzer PMHCNS, CST.
Addressing mental health disparities in the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, Queer and Questioning populations. November 28, 2018. Guest lecturer, William James College, PsyD program. Newton,
MA. This interactive lecture is designed to introduce doctoral psychology students enrolled in the Center
for Multicultural and Global Mental Health to recognize, explore, and challenge the health and mental health disparities faced
by LGBTQQA+ populations. This lecture will explore the topic from intersectionality informed, learning theory, and post-colonialist
health promotion framework.
Compulsivity: South Shore Sexual Health Center. December 4, 2018: This
4-hour lecture will inviteparticipants to consider alternate assessment, formulation and
treatment interventions whenworking with clients presenting with problematic sexual behavior.
Specific focus will be placedon clinician perceptions of normative vs. non-normative sexual
behavior, challenging reductionistassumptions of the ‘sex addiction’ paradigm
and developing a deeper understanding of thepresentation of problematic sexual behavior
from an attachment, psychodynamic, systemic andsexological worldview. Course
material will be integrated into clinical practice through case discussion and role play.
Learning theory and its application to sex therapy practice: October 9, 2018. 3-hour
course: Each of us learns in a different way, or do we? Talking about sex confronts a person’s spiritual,
moral, and personal positioning. Understanding ways of effectively delivering information in order to maximize the storage
and integration of the content, especially in sex therapy, is crucially and ethically important to the success of treatment
and the overall arc of the therapeutic process. We can empower our clients with information, or cause overwhelm. This course
helps clinicians navigate that landscape. Initially exploring the epistemological development of self and other from the perspectives
of biology, psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, behavioral, and humanistic models of psychotherapy, this program will also
include post-colonialist reflection, post modernism, queer theory, intersectionality, the person of the therapist, and cultural
frames of reference to explore how our clients, and we as clinicians, have come to learn about, engage, and struggle with
what it means to be a sexual being and a sex therapist.
of Sexual Functioning: South Shore Sexual Health Center. August 07, 2018: Society has often given us very rigid
guidelines for what represents healthy sexual functioning, and many of these guidelines confuse play for performance. This
4-hour course examines the vast array of sexual play and representations of healthy sexual functioning alongside sexual dysfunction
(such as rapid ejaculation and sexual pain). This course will be focused on pleasure and play as a central concept in the
enactment of sexual activity. Course material will be integrated into clinical practice through case discussion and role
Sex Therapy Skills Training I:
Clinical Assessment and Psychosocial Intervention. South Shore Sexual Health Center. July 27, 2018. 6-hour
course. This training focused on skills in assessing, formulating, and treating relationships via couples and sex therapy.
specific issues related to sex and relationship assessment, formulation, diagnosis, and intervention were discussed at length.
Specific topics included exploring relationship dynamics and The DSM 5, ICD-10, sexual dysfunctions. Course
material will be integrated into clinical practice through case discussion and role play.
Pornography and Masturbation: South Shore Sexual Health
Center. May 15, 2018. This 3-hour course will address the taboos, problematic aspects and benefits of pornography
in modern culture and in sex therapy. We explore men and women’s relationship to porn, including discussion of feminist
porn and the evolution of pornography throughout the decades. Part two delves into the connection we have with our bodies
and sexuality via masturbation or self-touch. The course dives in to the consequences of a lack of exploration of self-touch
in childhood and examines the multitude of reasons that shame has been such a major player in people’s relationship
to masturbation. The therapeutic qualities of self-touch are explored at length.
Clinical Issues in Treating Polyamorous and Open Relationships:
Sex, Sexuality & Gender Conference. Harvard Medical School. Boston, MA. May, 27, 2018. This presentation
provided non-sex therapists with basic information pertaining to the structure, contracting, and negotiation of consensual
non-monogamy and polyamorous relationships. Topics included case presentations, management of jealousy, theoretical orientations
most helpful to working with CNM and polyamory relationship styles, as well as STI/HIV risk management strategies.
Sex Therapy Skills Training II: Clinical Assessment
and Psychosocial Intervention. South Shore Sexual Health Center. January 26, 2018. 6-hour course. This
training focused on teaching sex therapy trainees and candidates how to utilize various psychosocial models of specific to
sex therapy assessment, formulation, diagnosis, and intervention. Specific topics included treatment of The DSM 5, ICD-10,
sexual dysfunctions, systemic assessment, and collaborative treatment planning with individuals and couples presenting with
complex psychosexual disorders.
Sex is a social work issue! How
to discuss sex and sexuality in social work practice. February 17, 2017. Rhode Island College. Graduate School of Social Work.6-hour
course. Co-lead and developed with Melanie Swain-Knapp MSW, LICSW, M.Ed., CST. This workshop was designed to assist non-sexuality
specialists, and graduate level social workers in particular, in developing basic skills in addressing sexuality as an aspect
of biopsychosocial assessment and clinical practice. Specific topics included exploring developing a sex positive and sexological
worldview, taking a sexual history, the role of sex and sexuality in couples’ therapy, chronic illness, and working
with erotic transference and countertransference. Through a combination of lecture, interactive group exercises, case vignettes
and roles plays, clinicians were invited to develop competencies in exploring the role of sex and sexuality with their clients’
in clinical practice.
Alternative Perspectives on Treating
Problematic Sexual Behavior.March 3-4. 2017.Harvard Medical School: Treating the Addictions
Conference. Boston, MA.This lecture will inviteparticipants
to consider alternate assessment, formulation and treatment interventions when
working with clients presenting with
problematic sexual behavior. Specific focus will be placed
on clinician perceptions of normative vs. non-normative sexual behavior,
assumptions of the ‘sex addiction’ paradigm, and developing a deeper understanding of
presentation of problematic sexual behavior from an attachment, psychodynamic, systemic and
LGBT Elders have sex too!
LGBT Elders Have Sex Too! Eroticism and Health Care Practices. March 17, 2017. LGBT Elders in an ever-changing world. 6thAnnual
Conference.1.25 Hour Presentation: Presentation designed to raise awareness of LGBT
elders and sexuality. A particular emphasis was placed on taking sexual histories as a way to build trust and discuss sexual
health, pleasure and STI/HIV risk reduction strategies.