Joseph Winn MSW, LICSW, CST-S
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Teaching and Workshop Experience

Assessing Sexual Health and Sexuality with Transgender Populations. January 30, 2016: Transgender Medicine Conference. This program will focus on working with transgender individuals to assess sexual health practices as well as working with those who wish to improve their sexual and emotional relationships with self and partners. Specific areas of focus will included assessing sexual health and practices through obtaining a biopsychosocial sexual history, naming and treating DSM 5 sexual dysfunctions that may be present when working with gender dysphoric and transgender individuals, as well as working with mixed cis/trans partners.

Addressing the health care needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered, populations. February 11, 2015. The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy Health Services School of Nursing. Worcester, MA. 2.5 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. 

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. Presentation designed to raise awareness of LGBT elders and sexuality. Particular emphasis placed on taking sexual histories as a way to build trust and discuss sexual health, pleasure and STI/HIV risk reduction strategies.

Assessing Problematic Sexual Behavior in Clinical Practice: July 9 & 16, 2014. Lynn Community Health Center. This 3-hour course was designed to assist clinicians working with inner city populations to develop assessment and intervention skills with client’s presenting with problematic sexual behavior. Specific topics discussed included developing awareness of personal biases regarding “sexual health”, recognizing normative variances in human sexuality, and incorporating sexual health assessment with psychotherapy clients. Specific skill development focused on clinical work with individuals, couples and families, utilizing harm a reduction perspective to create behavioral and systemic 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.

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 was designed to assist SSIS counselors in understanding the basics of erotic power exchange. Particular emphasis was placed on consent, negotiation, and differentiating Kink from intimate partner violence.

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 process explores, through media presentation, small and large group discussion, issues related to human sexuality, practices, and identities, personal values clarification related to various aspects of human sexuality. 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 identifying and managing 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 medical students to differentiating between respectful and mutually pleasurable sexual relationships, including normophilic, kink, BDSM, paraphilias, etc., and those relationships that are abusive and coercive. Specific topics included child and 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 trans-non-binary populations. Particular emphasis was placed on clinical intake skills, differentiating between sexual orientations and gender identity, health care needs of transgender youth, adolescents and elders, as well as HIV prevention interventions and clinical practice with transgender people their spouses and families.

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. Several models of sexual history tools including the CDC 5-P model, the BETTER Model, and the PLISSIT framework were used to discuss how to obtain a sexual history form patients.

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 of theoretical models, challenges to the “sex addiction” perspective, and biopsychosocial assessment intervention strategies designed to assist clinicians in addressing problematic sexual behavior.  

Understanding Sexual Compulsivity: April 9, 2011. Kowloon. Hong Kong. 4 hour lecture. This workshop was designed to introduce graduate students, e.g., psychology, social work, 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.

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 topic of sexual compulsivity. Specific topics included clinical assessment, case formulation, and developing effective treatment plans and intervention strategies. This course utilized a trans-theoretical approach to problem conceptualization and resolution, and explored the pros and cons of 12-step programs. Dr. Ogden placed specific focus on the ISIS model and demonstrated how this frame could expand ones understanding and treatment options when working with 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 nursing students, and teaching faculty, to view human sexuality as a component of health assessment in nursing practice. Specific areas of instruction included assumptions that interfere with taking a sexual history, understanding how sexual dysfunction in men and women can be indicative of cardio-vascular and other disease processes and addressing issues of sexuality across the lifespan. Course also addressing the sexual health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, gender fluid and Intersex populations. Other topics included working respectfully with sexually diverse populations and challenging misconceptions related to "kink" and BDSM practices.

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 clinical models and techniques for assessing and treating men, women, families and couples struggling with sexually compulsive 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 and transgendered identities. The World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s Standards of Care was reviewed and controversies surrounding Gender Identity Disorder were discussed. Discussion, small group exercises and case presentations 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 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 work with gay, lesbian and bisexual parents. Other topics included collaborative relationship building and working interdepartmentally with various state agencies.

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. Course Taught second year MSW students introductory family systems models, therapy, and intervention techniques. Course addressed working with family structures of varying class, culture and sexual orientations.

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.