Past Workshops

BY CONSTANCE & LINDA

Mindful Touch:

Incorporating Sensate Focus in Couples and Sex Therapy

August 3rd – 6th, 2017 – Washington D.C.

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Mindful Touch:
Incorporating Sensate Focus in Couples and Sex Therapy

with Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW, & Constance Avery-Clark, Ph.D

August 3rd – 6th, 2017

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington D.C.

For three days, under one roof, every year, the APA Exhibit Hall provides a unique opportunity for exhibitors to engage with thousands in the psychology market who seek available products, services, and resources to assist them in their work; connect with their current customers and identify new ones; gather useful data about new product ideas and industry trends; and gain a competitive edge. In 2017, that opportunity takes on a historical dynamic as APA celebrates its 125th anniversary. Join us and become a part of this milestone event.

 

50 Years of Masters & Johnson:

Past Stories, Present Influences & Future Directions

June 15th – 18th, 2017 – Las Vegas, NV

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Updating Traditional Sex Therapy Approaches for Contemporary Sex Therapy

with Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW, & Constance Avery-Clark, Ph.D

June 15th – 18th, 2017
Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa & Casino
Las Vegas, NV

The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) will host its 49th Annual Conference June 15 – 18, 2017 at the Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. At this year’s conference we will celebrate AASECT’s 50th Anniversary.

 

This year’s conference theme, Honoring Our Past, Celebrating the Present and Envisioning Our Future, seeks to reflect on and honor the roots of our organization’s family tree, while also nurturing our collective and continued development. For the full conference theme, please click here.
Founded in 1967, AASECT is devoted to the promotion of sexual health by the development and advancement of the fields of sexual therapy, counseling and education. AASECT’s mission is the advancement of the highest standards of professional practice for educators, counselors and therapists. The AASECT Annual Conference averages 600+ conference attendees from around the world in disciplines such as sexuality education, counseling, therapy, social work, psychology, sociology, nursing, medicine and more. The conference attracts physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, allied health professionals, clergy members, lawyers, sociologists, marriage and family counselors and therapists, family planning specialists and researchers, as well as students in various relevant professional disciplines – all sharing an interest in promoting understanding of human sexuality and healthy sexual behavior. The latest clinical techniques, research applications and educational approaches in the field of sexual science are featured each year.

 

As we approach our 50th Anniversary, we reflect on our bold and important history while simultaneously moving forward together to collectively shape the future directions of AASECT. We continue to shed light on today’s taboos, working together toward meaningful change and a broader, more inclusive organization. We look forward to celebrating our 49th Annual Conference with you!

50 Years of Masters & Johnson:

Past Stories, Present Influences & Future Directions

June 15th – 18th, 2017 – Las Vegas, NV

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50 Years of Masters & Johnson:
Past Stories, Present Influences & Future Directions

with Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW, & Constance Avery-Clark, Ph.D

June 15th – 18th, 2017
Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa & Casino
Las Vegas, NV


About The Conference

The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) will host its 49th Annual Conference June 15 – 18, 2017 at the Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. At this year’s conference we will celebrate AASECT’s 50th Anniversary.

 

This year’s conference theme, Honoring Our Past, Celebrating the Present and Envisioning Our Future, seeks to reflect on and honor the roots of our organization’s family tree, while also nurturing our collective and continued development. For the full conference theme, please click here.
Founded in 1967, AASECT is devoted to the promotion of sexual health by the development and advancement of the fields of sexual therapy, counseling and education. AASECT’s mission is the advancement of the highest standards of professional practice for educators, counselors and therapists. The AASECT Annual Conference averages 600+ conference attendees from around the world in disciplines such as sexuality education, counseling, therapy, social work, psychology, sociology, nursing, medicine and more. The conference attracts physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, allied health professionals, clergy members, lawyers, sociologists, marriage and family counselors and therapists, family planning specialists and researchers, as well as students in various relevant professional disciplines – all sharing an interest in promoting understanding of human sexuality and healthy sexual behavior. The latest clinical techniques, research applications and educational approaches in the field of sexual science are featured each year.

 

As we approach our 50th Anniversary, we reflect on our bold and important history while simultaneously moving forward together to collectively shape the future directions of AASECT. We continue to shed light on today’s taboos, working together toward meaningful change and a broader, more inclusive organization. We look forward to celebrating our 49th Annual Conference with you!

 


 

BRIEF Workshop Summary

The 50th anniversary of Masters and Johnson’s landmark publication Human Sexual Response provides an opportunity to explore their fascinating history and the ethical issues with which they contended in a conservative era. In this 1 1/2 hour workshop, the discussants will speak from direct personal and training experience with Masters and Johnson. The presentations will entertain and inform through stories and a review of their contributions in the past, and how what they did led to where we are now and to where we are going.


DETAILED Workshop Summary

Purpose: This dialogue panel discussion will honor, reminisce about, and reflect upon the contributions of William Masters and Virginia Johnson on the 50th anniversary of the publication of their revolutionary Human Sexual Response. Through entertaining and informative professional and personal stories offered by the discussants (all of whom had direct contact with them), Masters and Johnson will become more understandable as human beings and professionals wrestling with myriad ethical and scientific challenges in an era of sexual conservatism.

Issues: It is human nature to look for the new and exciting. In a world caught up with the latest innovations, it is helpful to reflect on the pioneers in any field, on their contributions and humanity. This suggests the profoundness of the ground they broke and the fact that some ideas that seem innovative today were actually addressed by the pioneers years ago. This is no less the case in the field of sexology on the 50th anniversary of Masters and Johnson’s first publication, Human Sexual Response, especially at this conference on Honoring Our Past, Celebrating the Present and Envisioning Our Future that anticipates the 50th anniversary of the founding of AASECT.

So as not to forget what they contributed to the field, and how they affect our work in the present and for years to come, this presentation will review Masters and Johnson’s contributions to sex therapy and the hurdles they overcame, many of which we think we are facing for the first time today. This presentation will also humanize them by using personal stories offered by the panelists based on their direct experience with Masters and Johnson. All the discussants worked for and/or were trained by Masters and Johnson. Issues addressed will include, among others: the radical changes in sex therapy brought about by their research and treatment approaches; their genius in organizing community support for their research, minimizing dissent and ethical dilemmas; their attempts to widen the scope of their research and treatment and how the problems they confronted doing this are reflected in difficulties we face today; problems they confronted integrating sexuality into mainstream, professional and personal discussion, and how these problems often surface in our current practice; criticisms they encountered and how we continue to deal with these; stories about the specifics of their sex therapy program and why it was so revolutionary; the specifics of their early and later graduate training programs; what they were like as people; and some of their shortcomings. Understanding Masters and Johnson as both people and innovators forms a secure base from which we can go forth and experiment with new ideas, refine old ideas, and expand the field of sex therapy to work with more diverse populations.

Sensate Focus in Sex Therapy and Sexual Health:
The Art and Science of Mindful Touch

May 28th – 31st, 2017 – Prague, Czech Republic
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Sensate Focus in Sex Therapy and Sexual Health:
The Art and Science of Mindful Touch

Oral Presentation
with Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW, & Constance Avery-Clark, Ph.D.

May 28th – 31st, 2017

Prague, Czech Republic

Discover, develop, renew, and update your knowledge of Sensate Focus (the foundation of sex therapy) for a diverse client population. Re-examine the value of Sensate Focus for working with couples’ intimacy, relationship, and sexual concerns, and explore its association with mindfulness practice. Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW, and Constance Avery-Clark, Ph.D., will go beyond what has been published by Masters & Johnson, presenting evolved clinical applications for LGBT populations, trauma survivors, Spectrum couples, and those with chronic illness or disability. The workshop will include suggestions for the use of Sensate Focus 1 with sexually distressed clients as opposed to the use of Sensate Focus 2 with those seeking to optimize their intimate and sexual relationship. Update your conceptualizations and skills, and join the conversation!

 

Workshop Goals:

  • Overview of the history and application of Sensate Focus
  • Identify the what, when, and how of assigning & processing suggestions
  • Clarify Sensate Focus Levels 1 & 2

Workshop Components:

  • Present the underpinnings of Sensate Focus & their relation to mindfulness practice
  • Differentiate clients’ intimacy & sexual concerns
  • Describe the general Sensate Focus hierarchy, & its pacing and processing
  • Offer modification specific to diverse demographic & clinical populations
  • Provide demonstration & opportunities for practice & feedback

 

About the World Association for Sexual Health

The WAS Scientific Committee together with the Local Scientific Committee is organizing a scientific program of excellent quality for the WAS Congress in Prague. An extensive number of key international leaders in sexual health and sexual rights topics already accepted to present at the Prague Congress (see below). The scientific program emphasizes the multidisciplinary nature of Sexual Health/Sexual Rights covering 7 main themes: Basic Research, Behavioural, Social & Historical, Bio-medical Research, Clinical Research & Practice, Public Health & Policies, Sexual Rights, and Sexuality Education. Besides the scientific diversity, we will also have gender balance and regional representation, with invited speakers coming from the five continents. Moreover, we will have an extensive number of symposiums organized by Global organizations as well as WAS affiliated societies from around the world presenting and discussing the most central and current challenges in the fields of sex research/sexual health/sexual rights as well as in-congress workshops with key leaders and experts in the field. This will be an excellent opportunity for everyone to come together and present, share and discuss with key leaders and colleagues from across the world while enjoying a real multidisciplinary and global atmosphere.

Integrating The Dark and The Light:

Jungian Depth Psychology and Sex Therapy With Couples

April 20th – 23rd, 2017 – Montreal, Canada
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SSTAR 42nd Annual Meeting

Healing Relationships and Fostering Sexual Well-being

April 20th – 23rd, 2017

With a presentation by

Constance Avery-Clark, Ph.D., and Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW:

“Integrating The Dark and The Light:

Jungian Depth Psychology and Sex Therapy With Couples”

 

Take advantage of this remarkable opportunity to hear from top notch speakers and network with professionals in your field at the SSTAR 2017 Annual Meeting!! The SSTAR Annual Meeting, April 20-23, 2017, offers members and non-members the opportunity to share ideas and learn from one another. Registration is now open!

 


Integrating The Dark and The Light:
Jungian Depth Psychology and Sex Therapy With Couples

with Constance Avery-Clark, Ph.D., and Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW

Introduction

Sexology recognizes the significance of what the Murray Bowen school of psychology refers to as the differentiation of self, relationship triangles, and family projection processes within the context of couples therapy. However, there is another lens through which to explore the development of the individual within intimate dyadic dynamics and that is the depth-oriented, Jungian perspective with its concepts of individuation, relationship quadrangles, and the power of projection.

 

Method

A survey was conducted of the literature on couples and sex therapy from a Jungian perspective.

 

Results

While mention has often been made of Bowenian concepts included in couples and sex therapy, there is little discussion of Jungian concepts associated with the treatment of relationship and sexual issues. These are concepts that the authors believe contribute greatly to therapeutic understanding and intervention.

 

Discussion

This presentation concerns the contributions that Jungian psychology offers to sex therapy in general and Sensate Focus in particular as a vehicle for individuation. Jungian psychology suggests that the most powerful relationship for any couple is the relationship that each partner fosters between his or her own conscious and unconscious processes so as to minimize the effect of unrealistic projections onto the partner. Each partner must cultivate this relationship first before being able to have a healthy intimate relationship with another person. Sensate Focus facilitates precisely this individuation process, emphasizing each partner’s attending to his or own experience rather than focusing on the other person in order to further his or her own individual development and, only subsequently, an intimate connection with the partner.

 

Utility/Limitations/Risks:

This presentation will benefit sexologists by adding to our conceptual understandings of sex therapy and its multimodal approaches. There are no known limitations/risks.

 

Behavioral Learning Objectives:

After attending this presentation, the participants will be able to:

  • Identify differences and similarities between Bowenian and Jungian concepts with couples in sex therapy;
  • Define the concepts of Jungian psychology useful for understanding the effectiveness of sex therapy; and
  • Delineate the application of Jungian therapeutic techniques to sex therapy with couples.

 

References:

Hollis, J. (2010). Permutations of desire. Parabola, 35(3), 6-11.

Timm, T. M., & Keiley, M. K. (2011). The effects of differentiation of self, adult attachment, and sexual communication on sexual and marital satisfaction: A path analysis. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 37(3), 2016-223.

Weiner, L., & Avery-Clark, C. (2014). Sensate Focus: Clarifying the Masters and Johnson’s model. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 29(3), 307-319.

SEXCEPTIONAL WORKSHOP:
Mastering the Art of Sensate Focus

April 8th, 2017 – Chicago, IL
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SEXCEPTIONAL WORKSHOP:

Mastering the Art of Sensate Focus

with Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW, & Constance Avery-Clark, Ph.D
April 8th (Saturday),
2017 9:00am – 4:00pm
Prentice Women’s Hospital – Northwestern Memorial Hospital,
East Superior Street, Chicago, IL
6 Licensure APA CEU’s Available
6 Licensure CEU’s Available (LMFT, LCPC, LCSW)
6 Program Approved AASECT CEU’s Available

Discover, develop, renew, and update your knowledge of Sensate Focus (the foundation of sex therapy) for a diverse client population. Re-examine the value of Sensate Focus for working with couples’ intimacy, relationship, and sexual concerns, and explore its association with mindfulness practice. Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW, and Constance Avery-Clark, Ph.D., will go beyond what has been published by Masters & Johnson, presenting evolved clinical applications for LGBT populations, trauma survivors, Spectrum couples, and those with chronic illness or disability. The workshop will include suggestions for the use of Sensate Focus 1 with sexually distressed clients as opposed to the use of Sensate Focus 2 with those seeking to optimize their intimate and sexual relationship. Update your conceptualizations and skills, and join the conversation!

Workshop Goals:

  • Overview of the history and application of Sensate Focus
  • Identify the what, when, and how of assigning & processing suggestions
  • Clarify Sensate Focus Levels 1 & 2

Workshop Components:

  • Present the underpinnings of Sensate Focus & their relation to mindfulness practice
  • Differentiate clients’ intimacy & sexual concerns
  • Describe the general Sensate Focus hierarchy, & its pacing and processing
  • Offer modification specific to diverse demographic & clinical populations
  • Provide demonstration & opportunities for practice & feedback

 

SENSATE FOCUS: The Art and Science of Mindful Touch
February 11 (Saturday), 2017 – Delray Beach, FL
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6 AASECT CEs
6 Missouri/Florida LCSW CEUs
6 APA CEUs

With Constance Avery-Clark Ph.D. & Linda Weiner MSW, LCSW

 

Discover, develop, renew, and update your knowledge of Sensate Focus (the foundation of sex therapy) for a diverse client population. Re-examine the value of Sensate Focus for working with couples’ intimacy, relationship, and sexual concerns, and explore its association with mindfulness practice. Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW, and Constance Avery-Clark, Ph.D., will go beyond what has been published by Masters & Johnson, presenting evolved clinical applications for LGBT populations, trauma survivors, Spectrum couples, and those with chronic illness or disability. The workshop will include suggestions for the use of Sensate Focus 1 with sexually distressed clients as opposed to the use of Sensate Focus 2 with those seeking to optimize their intimate and sexual relationship. Update your conceptualizations and skills, and join the conversation!

Let’s Talk About Sex:
Integrating Sexual Health and Education into Clinical Practice

Friday, April 1, 2016 – St. Louis, MO
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with Linda Weiner, MSW and Susan Stiritz, Ph.D, MSW, MBA

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
George Warren Brown School of Social Work
1 Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130

6 CEUs/AASECT credits

 

APA and NASW Codes of Ethics, the World Health Organization, and the U.N. all affirm our clients’ human rights to receive help with expressing sexuality as safely, knowledgeably, and pleasurably as possible across the life course. Recent studies, however, indicate that most medical personnel, couple therapists, and psychotherapists do not broach the subject of clients sexual health. They address sexual topics only if patients or clients bring them up.Using readings, short lectures, discussion, exercises, and explicit film clips, this class will help practitioners integrate issues of sexuality into individual, and couples therapy. This class will enable the generalist clinician to discuss sexuality more comfortably and competently, to assess clients’ sexual satisfaction, and to make referrals to trained and credentialed sexuality educators, counselors, and therapists, when appropriate. Class size is limited to 45.

Using readings, short lectures, discussion, exercises, and explicit film clips, this class will help practitioners integrate issues of sexuality into individual, and couples therapy. This class will enable the generalist clinician to discuss sexuality more comfortably and competently, to assess clients’ sexual satisfaction, and to make referrals to trained and credentialed sexuality educators, counselors, and therapists, when appropriate. Class size is limited to 45.

Please note that due to the topic of this workshop, sexually explicit materials, including video demonstrations, photographs and diagrams, will be incorporated into the class. No one under the age of 18 will be admitted to this workshop. If you have questions or would like further information, please contact the Professional Development office prior to registering.

If you are interested in obtaining AASECT credits for this workshop, please contact us in advance of the program at [email protected]

Building Intimate Relationships
Thursday, April 07, 2016 – St. Louis, MO
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with Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW
Thursday, April 07, 2016
7:00 PM – 8:45 PM
St. Louis Public Library
Central Library – Training Room 2nd Floor

 

This is a program for couples, or singles, who are hoping to build intimacy and trust in their relationships for a more nurturing and satisfying partnership. The program will be led by Linda Weiner who is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, an AASECT Certified Diplomat and Supervisor in Sex Therapy, and adjunct professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

Call (314) 588-8924 or email [email protected] if you have any questions.

 

OBGYN Resident Talks – Transgender Issues
Thursday, April 21st – St. Louis, MO
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with Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW

2:00-3:00pm
BJC Medical Center / Washington University School of Medicine
425 S Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110
in Schwartz Auditorium-1st floor in Maternity Hospital

 

Call (314) 588-8924 or email [email protected] with any questions.

 

Lesbian Healthcare
Thursday, May 12th– St. Louis, MO
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with Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW
2:00-3:00pm
BJC Medical Center / Washington University School of Medicine
425 S Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110
in Schwartz Auditorium-1st floor in Maternity Hospital

 

Call (314) 588-8924 or email [email protected] with any questions.

 

Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) Workshop
Jan 13 (Wednesday), 2016 – St. Louis, MO
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With Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW

10 MO State-Social Work CEUs
10 AASECT CEs

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A SAR is a process-oriented seminar that uses lecture, media, experiential methods, activities and small group discussions. The objective of a SAR is to give participants the opportunity to explore their attitudes, values, feelings and beliefs about sexuality and how these impact their professional interactions. A SAR is not a traditional academic experience to disseminate cognitive information, nor is it psychotherapy directed toward the resolution of personal problems. It is a highly personal, internal exploration that will be different for each participant. To meet AASECT standards, a SAR must be a minimum of 10 hours in length.

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Call (314) 588-8924 or email [email protected] if you have any questions.

 

SENSATE FOCUS: The Art & Science of Mindful Touch
Jan 23 (Saturday), 2016 – Delray Beach, FL
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With Constance Avery-Clark Ph.D. & Linda Weiner MSW, LCSW

6 AASECT CEs
6 Missouri/Florida LCSW CEUs
6 APA CEUs

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Discover, develop, renew, and update your knowledge of Sensate Focus (the foundation of sex therapy) for a diverse client population. Re-examine the value of Sensate Focus for working with couples’ intimacy, relationship, and sexual concerns, and explore its association with mindfulness practice. Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW, and Constance Avery-Clark, Ph.D., will go beyond what has been published by Masters & Johnson, presenting evolved clinical applications for LGBT populations, trauma survivors, Spectrum couples, and those with chronic illness or disability. The workshop will include suggestions for the use of Sensate Focus 1 with sexually distressed clients as opposed to the use of Sensate Focus 2 with those seeking to optimize their intimate and sexual relationship. Update your conceptualizations and skills, and join the conversation!

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