Sex is a social work issue! How to discuss sex
and sexuality in social work practice. February 17, 2017: Rhode Island College: Graduate
School of Social Work. 6-hour course.
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
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.
Pornography and Masturbation: South Shore Sexual Health Center. May 24, 2016. 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.
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.
and lifestyle: BDSM and Kink and everything else: South Shore Sexual Health Center: September 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.
Compulsivity: December 6, 2016: South Shore Sexual Health Center:
3-hour presentation. This course looks at the complex relationship between problematic sexual behavior, culutral erotophobia,
as well as biopsychosocial factors that may contribute to these issues. Assessment, formulation, and intervention strategies
will be examined at length, using recent research, non-addiction focused perspectives, and contemporary sex therapy practice.