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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 Conference. 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 elder who often feel a need to hide their sexuality as a means to protect themselves from institutionalized homophobia, transphobic providers and the assumption by family members that they are heterosexual. This workshop is 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 desexualize elders while providing an opportunity to develop new skills in discussing sexual history, pleasure, health assessment and STI/HIV harm reduction strategies while deepening trust and connection when working with elder populations who may be LGBT or same sex partner involved.

Sexual Attitude Reassessment: May 16, 17, & 18 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. The SAR is an experiential group learning activity that is designed to invite participants to explore, identify and assess their perspectives, feelings and beliefs pertaining to a variety of human eroticism and sexual activities, practices and behaviors. Through video presentation, small group discussion and structured assignments both in and out of the group, participants will develop a better sense of their own sexological worldview as well as an awareness of how this worldview may help, hinder and invite personal and professional growth in their work as sexuality educators, counselors or therapists. 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-developed and lead with Megan Andelloux CSE, ACS.

Addressing the health care needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered, populations. February 13, 2013. The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy Health Services School of Nursing. Worcester, MA. 2 hour program. This lecture was designed to introduce student nurses to recognize, identity and ask about the health care needs and sexual practices of their LGBTQQI patients from an informed, culturally competent and respectful health promotion framework. Particular areas of this topic will focus on the health challenges facing LGBTQQI populations, working with LGBTQQI people and youth of color and addressing the biopsychosocial needs and sexual practices of both LGBTQQI and heterosexual elders.

Sexual Attitude Reassessment: March 28, 29, &30 2013: The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. Pawtucket, RI. 22.5 AASECT CE’s, 22.5 NASW CE’s. The SAR is an experiential group learning activity that is designed to invite participants to explore, identify and assess their perspectives, feelings and beliefs pertaining to a variety of human eroticism and sexual activities, practices and behaviors. Through video presentation, small group discussion and structured assignments both in and out of the group, participants will develop a better sense of their own sexological worldview as well as an awareness of how this worldview may help, hinder and invite personal and professional growth in their work as sexuality educators, counselors or therapists. 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-developed and lead with Megan Andelloux CSE, ACS.

Addressing the health care needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered, populations. May 15, 2013. The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy Health Services School of Nursing. Boston, MA. 2 hour program. This lecture was designed to introduce student nurses to recognize, identity and ask about the health care needs and sexual practices of their LGBTQQI patients from an informed, culturally competent and respectful health promotion framework. Particular areas of this topic will focus on the health challenges facing LGBTQQI populations, working with LGBTQQI people and youth of color and addressing the biopsychosocial needs and sexual practices of both LGBTQQI and heterosexual elders.

Addressing the health care needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered, populations. June 10, 2013: The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy Health Services School of Nursing. Boston, MA. 2 hour program. This lecture was designed to introduce student nurses to recognize, identity and ask about the health care needs and sexual practices of their LGBTQQI patients from an informed, culturally competent and respectful health promotion framework. Particular areas of this topic will focus on the health challenges facing LGBTQQI populations, working with LGBTQQI people and youth of color and addressing the biopsychosocial needs and sexual practices of both LGBTQQI and heterosexual elders.

Intersex Conditions/ Disorders Of Sexual Development: August 23, 2013: 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 that lead to the development of intersex / DSD conditions, various types of intersex / DSD conditions, and current biopsychosocial interventions that are available for families and individuals presenting with intersex / DSD conditions at birth or adolescence. This workshop utilized lecture, slides, and group discussion to present the material in a direct, easily understandable, and applicable manner.  

Differentiating between healthy sexual relationships and sexual abuse. October 01, 2013. Brown University. Alpert Medical School, Providence RI. 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: October 11, 12 & 13 2013: The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. Pawtucket, RI. 22.5 AASECT CE’s, 22.5 NASW CE’s. The SAR is an experiential group learning activity that is designed to invite participants to explore, identify and assess their perspectives, feelings and beliefs pertaining to a variety of human eroticism and sexual activities, practices and behaviors. Through video presentation, small group discussion and structured assignments both in and out of the group, participants will develop a better sense of their own sexological worldview as well as an awareness of how this worldview may help, hinder and invite personal and professional growth in their work as sexuality educators, counselors or therapists. 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-developed and lead with Megan Andelloux CSE, ACS.

Addressing the health care needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered, populations. February 08, 2012: The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy Health Services School of Nursing. Worcester, MA. 2 hour program. This lecture was designed to introduce student nurses to recognize, identity and ask about the health care needs and sexual practices of their LGBTQQI patients from an informed, culturally competent and respectful health promotion framework. Particular areas of this topic will focus on the health challenges facing LGBTQQI populations, working with LGBTQQI people and youth of color and addressing the biopsychosocial needs and sexual practices of both LGBTQQI and heterosexual elders.

Intersex Conditions/ Disorders Of Sexual Development: August 24, 2012: 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 that lead to the development of intersex / DSD conditions, various types of intersex / DSD conditions, and current biopsychosocial interventions that are available for families and individuals presenting with intersex / DSD conditions at birth or adolescence. This workshop utilized lecture, slides, and group discussion to present the material in a direct, easily understandable, and applicable manner. 

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.

Sexual Attitude Reassessment: October 21, 22, & 23 2012: The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. Pawtucket, RI. 22.5 AASECT CE’s, 22 NASW CE’s. The SAR is an experiential group learning activity that is designed to invite participants to explore, identify and assess their perspectives, feelings and beliefs pertaining to a variety of human eroticism and sexual activities, practices and behaviors. Through video presentation, small group discussion and structured assignments both in and out of the group, participants will develop a better sense of their own sexological worldview as well as an awareness of how this worldview may help, hinder and invite personal and professional growth in their work as sexuality educators, counselors or therapists. 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-developed and lead with Megan Andelloux CSE, ACS.

Differentiating between healthy sexual relationships and sexual abuse. November 13, 2012. 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. 

Addressing the health care needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered, populations. April 14, 2012: The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy Health Services School of Nursing. Worcester, MA. 2 hour program. This lecture was designed to introduce student nurses to recognize, identity and ask about the health care needs and sexual practices of their LGBTQQI patients from an informed, culturally competent and respectful health promotion framework. Particular areas of this topic will focus on the health challenges facing LGBTQQI populations, working with LGBTQQI people and youth of color and addressing the biopsychosocial needs and sexual practices of both LGBTQQI and heterosexual elders.

Sexual Attitude Reassessment: April 27, 28 & 29, 2012. The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health and Northampton Sex Therapy Associates, Florence, MA. 18 AASECT CE’s 18 NASW CE’s. The SAR is an experiential group learning activity that is designed to invite participants to explore, identify and assess their perspectives, feelings and beliefs pertaining to a variety of human eroticism and sexual activities, practices and behaviors. Through video presentation, small group discussion and structured assignments both in and out of the group, participants will develop a better sense of their own sexological worldview as well as an awareness of how this worldview may help, hinder and invite personal and professional growth in their work as sexuality educators, counselors or therapists. 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-developed and lead with Megan Andelloux CSE, ACS.

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 an experiential group learning activity that is designed to invite participants to explore, identify and assess their perspectives, feelings and beliefs pertaining to a variety of human eroticism and sexual activities, practices and behaviors. Through video presentation, small group discussion and structured assignments both in and out of the group, participants will develop a better sense of their own sexological worldview as well as an awareness of how this worldview may help, hinder and invite personal and professional growth in their work as sexuality educators, counselors or therapists. 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-developed and lead with Megan Andelloux CSE, ACS.

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. The role of Traumatic Brain Injury, physiological pathologies, co-morbid issues related to substance use and abuse as well as other psychosocial and systemic stressors were also discussed as frequently overlooked and under recognized factors contributing to the label of "sex addiction".

Sexual Compulsivity: Effective Assessment & Treatment. April 9. 2011. Kowloon. Hong Kong. 3 hour. This half 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. The role of Traumatic Brain Injury, physiological pathologies, co-morbid issues related to substance use and abuse as well as other psychosocial and systemic stressors were also discussed as frequently overlooked and under recognized factors contributing to the label of "sex addiction". 

Understanding Sexual Compulsivity: April 9, 2011. Kowloon. Hong Kong. 4 hour lecture. sponsored by The Hong Kong Association of Sexuality Educators, Researchers & Therapists. This workshop focused on providing participants with an introductory description of problematic sexual behaviors, assessment strategies and intervention modalities.

Sexual Attitude Reassessment: June 22, 23, & 24 2011: The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. Pawtucket, RI. 22 AASECT CE’s, 22 NASW CE’s. The SAR is an experiential group learning activity that is designed to invite participants to explore, identify and assess their perspectives, feelings and beliefs pertaining to a variety of human eroticism and sexual activities, practices and behaviors. Through video presentation, small group discussion and structured assignments both in and out of the group, participants will develop a better sense of their own sexological worldview as well as an awareness of how this worldview may help, hinder and invite personal and professional growth in their work as sexuality educators, counselors or therapists. 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-developed and lead with Megan Andelloux CSE, ACS.

Sexual Attitude Reassessment: October 14, 15, & 16 2011: The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. Pawtucket, RI. 22 AASECT CE’s, 22.5 NASW CE’s. The SAR is an experiential group learning activity that is designed to invite participants to explore, identify and assess their perspectives, feelings and beliefs pertaining to a variety of human eroticism and sexual activities, practices and behaviors. Through video presentation, small group discussion and structured assignments both in and out of the group, participants will develop a better sense of their own sexological worldview as well as an awareness of how this worldview may help, hinder and invite personal and professional growth in their work as sexuality educators, counselors or therapists. 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-developed and lead with Megan Andelloux CSE, ACS.

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.

Treating The Addictions: Harvard Medical School.  Boston, MA. March 5-6, 2010. Understanding and Treating Sexual Addictions. 1-Hour Program. Hosted by Harvard Medical School: This workshop is designed to introduce clinicians to several models and techniques for assessing, treatment planning, and intervening with men, women and couples, struggling with the effects of sexually compulsive behavior. Course will also invite clinicians to explore their own values and attitudes towards human sexuality and various sexual practices, in an attempt to prevent clinician bias as it pertains to sexuality, eroticism and sexual practices.

April 29, 2010. Everything you ever wanted to Know About Sex – But Were Never Taught: 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 medical 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 an indicator of cardio-vascular and other disease processes and working with sexuality across the lifespan as well as how to address the sexual health needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Intersexed populations. Other topics included working respectfully with sexually diverse practices and challenging misconceptions related to "kink" practices and lifestyles.

June 30, 2010. Understanding and Treating Sexual Compulsivity 3 Hour Program Boston College Continuing Education Workshop, Boston, MA. Program Hosted by Boston College Graduate School of Social Work: This workshop is designed to introduce clinicians of various clinical disciplines to several models and techniques for assessing, treatment planning and intervening with men, women and families as well as couples, struggling with the effects of sexually compulsive behavior. Course will also invite clinicians to explore their own values and attitudes towards human sexuality and various sexual practices, in an attempt to prevent clinician bias as it pertains to sexuality, eroticism and sexual practices.

November 13, 2009. Clinical Practice with Gender Variant Populations. 6-Hour Program.  The Psychological Centers, Inc. Providence, RI. This workshop was designed to assist participants in developing basic clinical skills in working effectively and respectful with gender variant individuals, their significant others and their family systems. Participants will be introduced to intersex conditions, cross-dressing behaviors and Male to Female and Female to Male transexuality in children, adolescents and adults. The World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s Standards of Care will be reviewed and current controversies surrounding the diagnosis of Gender Identity Disorder will be discussed.

September / October 2006. Clinical Practice with Multi-Stressed Families. 14-Hour Program.  Health and Education Services. Lowell and 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, 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. 

February 2000 / January 2001. Simmons School of Social Work. 14-Hour ProgramSimmons 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.

September 2000. Simmons School of Social Work.  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.