Joseph Winn MSW, LICSW, CST
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Teaching and Workshop Experience

Elders have sex too! Discussing sexual history, health needs and practices with LGBT elders and those that have same sex sexual partners: May 14, 2014. LGBT Elders in an Ever Changing World. Collaborative effort sponsored by The LGBT Ageing Project, North Shore Elder Services and Salem State University School of Social Work. Salem, MA. A common issue faced by many elders is the ageist assumption that they are not sexual beings with needs, desires and practices that reflect a lifetime of erotic experience. This is particularly true for LGBT elders who often feel a need to hide their sexuality as a means to protect themselves from institutionalized homophobia, bi-phobic and transphobic providers and the assumptions of family members that they are heterosexual. This workshop was designed to assist those who work with elders to avoid colluding with silencing their clients by inviting the worker to challenge attitudes and beliefs that de‐sexualize elders while providing an opportunity to develop new skills in discussing sexual history as a health assessment and STI/HIV harm reduction strategies while also discussing sexual pleasure to deepen trust and connection when working with elder populations who may be LGBT or same sex partner involved.

Addressing the health care needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered, populations. June 11, 2014. The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy Health Services School of Nursing. Worcester, MA. 2 hour program. This lecture was designed to introduce student nurses to incorporate the importance of recognizing and assessing the health care needs and sexual practices of their LGBTQQI patients from an informed, culturally competent and respectful health promotion framework. The primary organization of this program was consistent with The Department of Health and Human Services Healthy people 2020 initiative.  

Assessing Problematic Sexual Behavior in Clinical Practice: July 9 & 16, 2014. Lynn Community Health Center. This 3-hour course is designed to assist clinicians working with inner city populations to develop assessment and intervention skills in working with client’s presenting with problematic sexual behaviors. Specific topics discussed in this course include developing awareness of personal biases and assumptions regarding “sexual health”, recognizing normative variances in human sexuality and incorporating sexual health assessment skills with all clients in psychotherapy. Specific skill developing will focus on working clinically with individuals, couples and families presenting with problematic sexual behaviors while utilizing a trans-theoretical, harm reduction focus, to begin creating behavioral, systemic and personal changes to regain control over ones sexual activities and practices.

Intersex Conditions/ Disorders Of Sexual Development: August 24, 2014: Brandeis University: Student Sexuality Information Service. Waltham, MA. 2-Hour presentation. This presentation focused on introducing SSIS counselors to intersex / DSD conditions. Particular focus was placed on etiological factors leading to the development of intersex / DSD conditions, types of intersex / DSD conditions, and current controversies and biopsychosocial interventions available for families and individuals presenting with intersex / DSD conditions at birth and adolescence. This workshop utilized lecture, slides, and group discussion to present the material in a direct, easily understandable, and applicable manner.

BDSM, Kink and Normative Variations in Human Sexuality 101: August 24, 2014: Brandeis University: Student Sexuality Information Service. Waltham, MA. 2-Hour presentation. This presentation is designed to assist student sexuality counselors in understanding the basics of erotic power exchange commonly referred to as BDSM & Kink. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role of consent, “scene” negotiation and developing skills at differentiating between enacting psychosexual desires in the form of BDSM & Kink from intimate partner violence. This workshop utilizes lecture, slides, video presentation and group discussion to present the material in a direct, easily understood and applicable manner.

Sexual Attitude Reassessment: October 17, 18, & 19 2014: The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. Pawtucket, RI. 22.5 AASECT CE’s, 22.5 NASW CE’s. The SAR is a basic requirement for those who wish to become certified as sexuality educators, counselors, or therapists, but it can also benefit people in a wide range of helping professions. The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) suggests that this experience occur early in ones training so it can be most beneficial to one's understanding personal biases and values while working with sexually-diverse populations. Co-lead with Megan Andelloux BA, CSE. 

Differentiating between healthy sexual relationships and sexual abuse. November 11, 2014. Brown University. Alpert Medical School, Providence RI. Biology 6657: Sexual Health. 2 hour program. This interactive lecture was designed as a module for Biology 6657 and was designed to invite first and second year medical students to begin understanding and differentiating between respectful and mutually pleasurable sexual relationships, including consensual variance in sexual styles e.g., kink, BDSM, paraphilias, etc., and those relationships that are coercive and place patients health at risk. Specific topics included adolescent sexual behavior, discussing sexual practices and behaviors with patients, and identifying sexual abuse and domestic violence.

Working respectfully with transgender, gender queer and gender variant populations: November 25, 2014: Consortium Seminar: Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology: This two hour lecture was designed to introduce 3rd and 4th year doctoral candidates in clinical psychology to the biopsychosocial challenges confronting transgender, gender queer and gender variant populations. Particular emphasis was placed on differentiating between sexual orientations and gender identities, health care needs of transgender youth, adolescents and elders as well as HIV prevention interventions and introductory clinical practice with transgender people, their spouses and families.

Differentiating between healthy sexual relationships and sexual abuse. October 01, 2013. Brown University. Alpert Medical School, Providence RI. Biology 6657: Sexual Health. 2-hour program. This interactive lecture was designed as a module for Biology 6657 and was designed to invite first and second year medical students to begin understanding and differentiating between respectful and mutually pleasurable sexual relationships, including consensual variance in sexual styles e.g., kink, BDSM, paraphilias, etc., and those relationships that are coercive and place patients health at risk. Specific topics included adolescent sexual behavior, discussing sexual practices and behaviors with patients, and identifying the sexual abuse and domestic violence.

Sexual Attitude Reassessment: June 22, 23, & 24 2012: The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. Pawtucket, RI. 22 AASECT CE’s, 22.5 NASW CE’s. The SAR is a basic requirement for those who wish to become certified as sexuality educators, counselors, or therapists, but it can also benefit people in a wide range of helping professions. The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) suggests that this experience occur early in ones training so it can be most beneficial to one's understanding personal biases and values while working with sexually-diverse populations. Co-lead with Megan Andelloux BA, CSE.

Discussing sexuality from a cross-cultural perspective. October 02, 2012. Brown University. Alpert Medical School, Providence RI. Biology 6657: Sexual Health. 2 hour program. This module of Biology 6657, co-taught with Dr. Derek Andelloux MD, was a student driven interactive lecture designed to invite first and second year medical students to discuss sexual history and patient concerns form a multi-cultural and intersectional perspective, interpersonal discussion and several models of sexual history tools including the CDC formatted 5-P model, the BETTER Model, and the PLISSIT framework.

Differentiating between healthy sexual relationships and sexual abuse. November 13, 2012. Brown Alpert Medical School, Providence RI. Biology 6657: Sexual Health. 2 hour program. This interactive lecture was designed as a module for Biology 6657 and was designed  to invite first and second year medical students to begin understanding and differentiating between respectful and mutually pleasurable sexual relationships, including consensual variance in sexual styles e.g., kink, BDSM, paraphilias, etc., and those relationships that are coercive and place patients health at risk. Specific topics included adolescent sexual behavior, discussing sexual practices and behaviors with patients, and identifying the sexual abuse and domestic violence. 

Sexual Compulsivity: Effective Assessment & Treatment. April 7 & 8. 2011. Kowloon. Hong Kong. 16 hour. This two day workshop, sponsored by The Hong Kong Association of Sexuality Educators, Researchers & Therapists, focused on providing participants with a variety theoretical models, challenges to the “sex addiction” perspective, and assessment frameworks and intervention strategies designed to assist clients in dealing with problematic sexual behavior.

Understanding Sexual Compulsivity: April 9, 2011. Kowloon. Hong Kong. 4 hour lecture. This workshop which was designed to introduce graduate students, e.g., psychology, social work and medicine, from Hong Kong, China and Australia with an introductory framework for understanding, formulating and creating differential diagnosis and treatment interventions when working with clients presenting with problematic sexual behaviors. Specific topics focused on assessment and intervention.

Sexual Compulsivity: Effective Assessment & Treatment. October 19, 26, & November 02, 2010. Cambridge, MA. Co-facilitated with Gina Ogden LMFT, PhD. This course was designed to introduce participants to the controversial topic of sexual compulsivity. Specific topics included clinical assessment, case formulation, and developing effective treatment plans and intervention. This course utilized a trans-theoretical approach to problem conceptualization and resolution, and explored the pros and cons of utilizing 12-step programs. Dr. Ogden placed specific focus on the ISIS model and demonstrated how this frame could expand ones understanding and treatment options regarding problematic sexual behavior.

Everything you ever wanted to Know About Sex – But Were Never Taught: April 29, 2010. 2 Hour Program.  Middlesex Community College: School of Nursing. Lowell, MA. This program was designed to assist student nurses, and teaching faculty, to recognize sex and sexuality as a central component of health assessment in outpatient practice and skilled nursing facilities. Specific areas of instruction included questioning assumptions that interfere with taking a sexual history, understanding how sexual dysfunction in both men and women can be indicative of cardio-vascular and other disease processes as well as working with issues of sexuality across the lifespan as well as addressing the sexual health needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, gender fluid and Intersexed populations. Other topics included working respectfully with sexually diverse populations and challenging misconceptions related to "kink" and BDSM practices and lifestyles.

Understanding and Treating Sexual Compulsivity: June 30, 2010. 3 Hour Program Boston College Continuing Education Workshop, Boston, MA. Program Hosted by Boston College Graduate School of Social Work: This workshop was designed to introduce clinicians to various clinical models and techniques for assessing and treating men, women, families and couples struggling with the effects of sexually compulsive behavior. Course incorporated slides, discussion and case consultation designed to invite clinicians to explore their own values and attitudes towards human sexuality and sexual practices, in an attempt to prevent clinician bias in the treatment of problematic sexual behavior.

Clinical Practice with Gender Variant Populations. November 13, 2009. 6-Hour Program.  The Psychological Centers, Inc. Providence, RI. This workshop was designed to assist participants in developing clinical skills in working effectively with gender variant individuals and their family systems. Participants were introduced to intersex conditions, cross-dressing and transgendered identities. The World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s Standards of Care were reviewed and controversies surrounding Gender Identity Disorder were discussed. Discussion, small group exercises and case consultations were utilized to reinforce the educational materials presented in the workshop.

Clinical Practice with Multi-Stressed Families. Sept/Oct 2006. 14-Hour Program.  Health and Education Services. Lowell & Salem, MA. This multi week workshop, co-developed with James Mahfuz MSW, LICSW, was designed to instruct clinicians on the use of various family system models of clinical assessment, treatment formulation and intervention with high risk, multi-stressed families. Specialty topics included, working with substance abuse and domestic violence issues, severe and persistent mental illness and issues related to the needs of gender variant parents and children as well as gay, lesbian and bisexual parents. Other topics included collaborative relationship building with other involved parties and working interdepartmentally with various state agencies.

Substance Abuse Assessment and Intervention. April 2001. 1-Hour Program The Family Center, Inc. Somerville, MA. Workshop designed to provide clinicians of various disciplines on assessing, treatment planning and interventions with individuals and families struggling with issues related to substance abuse and chemical dependency issues.

Simmons School of Social Work. February 2000 / January 2001 14-Hour Program. Simmons College School of Social Work. Boston, MA. Developed and taught course 425-01 Family Centered Clinical Social Work. Taught second year graduate students family systems therapy and intervention techniques. Specific topics include domestic violence, substance abuse and collateral relationship building. Course also addressed working with family structures of varying class, culture and sexual orientations.Simmons College School of Social Work. Boston, MA. Developed and taught course 479-01 Community and Home Based Work with Families. Focused on working in home-based settings and developing collaborative approaches to engage collateral providers. Topics included domestic violence, substance abuse, chronic mental illness, and engaging family as resource.

Simmons School of Social Work. September 2000 / December 2000.  14-Hour Program. Simmons College School of Social Work. Boston, MA. Developed and taught course 479-01 Community and Home Based Work with Families. Focused on working in home-based settings and developing collaborative approaches to engage collateral providers. Topics included domestic violence, substance abuse, chronic mental illness, and engaging family as resource.