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Joseph Winn MSW, LICSW, CST-S

Teaching and Workshop Experience

Clinical Issues in Treating Polyamorous, Open, and Closed Sexual Relationships. April 27-28, 2018.  Harvard Medical School and the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance, Boston, MA. Course description and content currently being developed.

Sex is a social work issue! How to discuss sex and sexuality in social work practice. February 17, 2017: Co-lead with Melanie Swain-Knapp LICSW, CST. Rhode Island College: Graduate School of  Social Work. 6-hour course. This course focused on inviting clinical social workers and other mental health providers, to begin exploring the role of sex and sexuality in psychotherapy practice. Specific areas of focus included how to discuss sex and sexuality in psychotherapy, biopsychosocial assessment, discussing sexual dysfunction, pleasure, alternate sexual practices such as kink and BDSM, consensual non-monogamy, and HIV/STI prevention strategies, including PrEP and nPEP.  

Alternative Perspectives on Treating Problematic Sexual Behavior. March 3-4. 2017. Harvard Medical School: Treating the Addictions Conference. Boston, MA. This lecture will invite participants 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, challenging reductionist assumptions of the ‘sex addiction’ paradigm, and developing a deeper understanding of the presentation of problematic sexual behavior from an attachment, psychodynamic, systemic and sexological worldview.

LGBTQ Elders have sex too! Eroticism and health care practices. March, 17, 2017. 6th Annual LGBT Elders in an ever-changing world. Salem State College. Salem, MA. Eroticism and sexual pleasure are, for many people, foundational aspects of being human. This is particularly true for those in the LGBTQ community who dared to be powerful and fought against homophobic, bi-phobic, transphobic and heterosexist ideas and messages that our sexuality was somehow evidence of deviance.  Now as we are getting older, many LGBTQ people are confronting a new battle; the ageist belief that sexual and erotic desire and expression dwindles and fades with age. Just because there’s snow on the roof doesn’t mean there’s no fire in furnace! This interactive discussion will explore the importance of developing a pleasure focused rather than goal focused approach to sexuality. Other topics that will be discussed are health issues that can impact sex and intimacy, health practices to foster sexual health, HIV and STI prevention, hot sex when one is HIV +, assisting devices and sex toys, as well as how to discuss consent, sexual needs and desire with long term, or casual, sexual partners. Other topics and issues will be addressed based on audience interest! There is no topic that is off limits! If you have questions, curiosity, or just a desire to improve an already great sex life then this workshop is for you! 

Re-envisioning the brilliance of boys of color. “Liberating the brilliance of boys of color: Deconstructing the cradle to prison pipeline”. May 20, 2017: Panelist. William James College. Newton, MA. Boys of color in the United States are disproportionately subjected to entrenched sociocultural stresses shaped by historical marginalization. Unfortunately, too frequently the brilliance, creativity, and strengths of boys of color have been unrecognized by our education, justice, and behavioral health care systems. For gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender non-conforming boys and young men of color, the impact of institutional racism and inequality is compounded by the intersecting oppressions of homophobia and trans-phobia. 

Pornography and Masturbation: South Shore Sexual Health Center. May 23, 2017. 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 healing and therapeutic qualities of self-touch are explored at length.

Range of Sexual Functioning. South Shore Sexual Health Center. August 1, 2017 MA. 3-hour course. Society has provided rigid guidelines for what represents healthy sexual functioning; and many of these guidelines confuse sexual play with scripted sexual performance. This course examines the vast array of sexual play and representation of healthy sexual functioning alongside sexual dysfunction. This course will be focused on pleasure, existential choice, and differentiation, as critical concepts central to the enactment of and enhancement of sexual exploration and relationally defined sexual and erotic pleasure.

Sexual Compulsivity. South Shore Sexual Health Center. December 5, 2017. 3-hour course. This lecture explored assessing, formulating and treating problematic sexual behavior from a sexological worldview and biopsychosocial framework. Areas of focus will explore clinician perceptions of normative vs. non-normative sexual behavior, challenging the assumptions of “sex addiction”, and framing the understanding of problematic sexual behavior from an attachment, sexological worldview, and relational perspective.  

Assessing Sexual Health and Treating Sexual Struggles with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Populations. January 30, 2016: Transgender Medicine Conference. Brown University. Alpert Medical School, Providence RI. This program will focus on working with transgender individuals who wish to improve their sexual health, pleasure, and relationships. Specific areas of focus will include assessing body identity issues, differentiating between goal and pleasure focused sexuality as well as treating sexual dysfunctions that often go overlooked when working with gender dysphoric and trans non-binary individuals and cis/trans dyads in couples and sex therapy.

New Approaches to Conceptualizing and Treating Problematic Sexual Behavior. March 3, 2016. Advanced Behavioral Medicine Seminar. Cambridge Hospital. Cambridge, Massachusetts. This lecture explored assessing, formulating and treating problematic sexual behavior from a sexological worldview and biopsychosocial framework. Areas of focus will explore clinician perceptions of normative vs. non-normative sexual behavior, challenging the assumptions of “sex addiction”, and framing the understanding of problematic sexual behavior from an attachment, sexological worldview, and relational perspective. 

Assessing Sexual Health and Treating Sexual Struggles with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Populations. January 30, 2016: Transgender Medicine Conference. Brown University. Alpert Medical School, Providence RI. This program will focus on working with transgender individuals who wish to improve their sexual health, pleasure, and relationships. Specific areas of focus will include assessing body identity issues, differentiating between goal and pleasure focused sexuality as well as treating sexual dysfunctions that often go overlooked when working with gender dysphoric and trans non-binary individuals and cis/trans dyads in couples and sex therapy.

New Approaches to Conceptualizing and Treating Problematic Sexual Behavior. March 3, 2016. Advanced Behavioral Medicine Seminar. Cambridge Hospital. Cambridge, Massachusetts. This lecture explored assessing, formulating and treating problematic sexual behavior from a sexological worldview and biopsychosocial framework. Areas of focus will explore clinician perceptions of normative vs. non-normative sexual behavior, challenging the assumptions of “sex addiction”, and framing the understanding of problematic sexual behavior from an attachment, sexological worldview, and relational perspective. 

A New View of Men’s Sexual Health Problems: South Shore Sexual Health Center. July 29, 2016. This 3-hour course will address the construction of gender in North American culture, which, while evolving, continues to support a rigid binary system that often constricts what it means to be ‘male’ and ‘female’. This course, utilizing contemporary sex therapy theory, explores male gender identity formation from an integrated biopsychosocial and development perspective. Particular focus will be placed on gender role strain and queer theory in exploring a broader definition of masculine sexual self-concept. An analysis of gender role identity among gay, straight, bisexual and transgender men will also provide a lens through which to explore psychosocial factors that contribute to, and maintain, sexual dysfunctions that undermine the role of pleasure for men and their intimate partners. Strategies to address and resolve these struggles in sex therapy practice will be introduced and explored.

Range of Sexual Functioning: South Shore Sexual Health Center. August 02, 2016. Society has often given us very rigid guidelines for what represents healthy sexual functioning, and many of these guidelines confuse play for performance. This 3-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.

Diversity and lifestyle: BDSM and Kink and everything else: South Shore Sexual Health CenterSeptember 06, 2016:  3-Hour presentation. 5:30pm -8:30pm. Co-lead with Stephen Duclos LMFT, LMHC, CST-S. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to sexuality and eroticism. What may sound thrilling and edgy for one individual or couple, can feel repulsive and scary to another. The same goes for how we organize our relationship or relationships. We will explore the many subcultures that exist in the sexuality community, the various forms of open relationships and the means of working with these populations in a way that feels informed and open.

How to discuss sex and sexuality with clients: October 25, 2016: Consortium Seminar: William James College: Psy.D Program. 2-hour program. This two hour 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, and provide basic frames of reference to begin exploring sexuality in psychotherapy practice while challenging discomfort with the topic of sexuality, eroticism, and sexual pleasure.