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Joseph Winn MSW, LICSW, CST-S

Teaching and Workshop Experience

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 systems.


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. Identifying and working with erotic transference and countertransference as aspects of the clinical relationship and therapeutic process is often avoided in the training of psychotherapists. In turn, clinical supervisors, regardless of discipline and theoretical orientation, are often left unsure how to address the topic of erotic transference and countertransference in supervision.  This talk, drawing from theory and practice, will begin a conversation on the process of identifying and working with erotic transference and countertransference within a respectful, boundaried, and ethical framework as aspect of normative therapeutic and supervisory practice. Specific attention will be paid to the use of these phenomena as avenues to better understanding the unspoken needs and desires of clients against the vulnerability of being authentically known to themselves and others.  For clinicians and supervisors, we will facilitate a discussion on the fear of being perceived as predatory, unethical, and / or unprofessional in disclosing ones erotic transference and countertransference struggles, exploring unrecognized or disavowed relational needs, as well as exploring erotic countertransference as having roots in existential realities and crises. Co-facilitated with Mary Ellen Meltzer PMHCNS, CST. 


Pornography and Masturbation: South Shore Sexual Health Center. May 21, 2019. 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. 


Sexual Orientation and Queer Theory, South Shore Sexual Health Center. May 28, 2019.Much of what we have come to believe about ‘normative’ and ‘non-normative’ aspects of sex and gender has been studied and framed through a narrow set of assumptions and biases that privilege the experience of some over the lived experience of others. This 3-hour class will introduce participants to constructs that aim to include the voices and lived experiences of those who are undermined and pathologized by the dominant cultural discourse due to complex intersecting identities that are often marginalized and made invisible both through political, cultural, and sexual hegemony. The use of these ideas in the assessment, formulation, and intervention process of working with client populations addressing complex sexual issues will be explored through video, class discussion and roleplays.


Couples Therapy: Gay, Straight, Trans, and Poly Couples. Friday June 7th 2019: 9:30am-12:30pm. Co-facilitated by Stephen Duclos LMFT, CST-S and Joseph Winn LICSW, CST-S. Straight couples in 2019 offer difficulties and challenges to a couples therapist that gay, trans, and poly relationships do not, particularly around sexuality and privilege.  In this three-hour presentation of the latest social science, we will be offering an interesting lens from which to view relationship and sexuality, particularly around how the sex recession with upwardly mobile white skinned straight couples has led to socio-cultural problems that have been completely bypassed by their gay, trans, and poly counterparts. Alternating perspectives, Stephen and Joseph will be describing clinical problems from a monogamy/non-monogamy perspective that can help all couples choose the kind of optimal relational and sexual life that suits them best. Looking at couples across the life span, developmental aspects of decision making will be part of our discussion. Case studies and role plays will help illuminate best clinical practice. This is the first in a yearlong monthly series of relational and systems-based colloquiums on family and couples therapy sponsored by the South Shore Family Health Collaborative in Quincy, Massachusetts. The cost of the session is $120. Continuing education credits may be offered to Family Therapists, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Sex Therapists, and Psychologists. 


Sexuality and sexual health/functioning for trans and gender diverse people: 1340 Boylston Street Boston. on the 9th floor. June 26, 2019.Panel discussion focused on discussing the complex issues of sex, eroticism, and sexual difficulties experienced by transgender and gender non-conforming people. 


Range of Sexual Functioning.Range of Sexual Functioning: South Shore Sexual Health Center. July 30, 2019: 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. Course material will be integrated into clinical practice through case discussion and role play.