8:00-7:00 Registration open
8:45-5:15 * PRE-CONFERENCE
Each workshop stands alone; you may attend any or all. Workshops do NOT assume or require medical knowledge, and are geared toward professionals in clinical, educational, counseling and nursing fields. Participation and self-disclosure are voluntary. Case presentations will not include identifying material. You can earn up to 7 hours of CE by attending a full day. Register for all day (A-D, or A, B, & E) and get a $10 discount.
8:45-10:15 * Workshop A: Gynecology
Mary Jacobson, M.D.
The gynecologist's practice contains a wide variety of sex-related issues. These include fertility and infertility, menarche and menopause, vulvar and pelvic pain, endometriosis and fibroids, sexual desire and satisfaction. How do various body systems (including the endocrine, vascular, and neurological) interact to facilitate or hamper sexual arousal and response? This workshop will help participants understand the physical contributors to female sexual function and dysfunction.
10:30-12:00 * Workshop
B: The savvy sexologist: Blending medicine and psychology
Joe Marzucco, Ph.D.
Sexual Medicine is taking center stage with sex therapy. With the boundary between psychology and medicine blurring, the medicalization of sexology is becoming a reality. Rather than treating this reality as a threat, sexologists can see it as a challenge to learn more about the medical aspects of sexuality. This workshop provides information on sexual medicine that you can use immediately, including material on the sexual side effects of drugs, infertility treatments, medical history-taking, and important co-morbidities of common diseases and illnesses.
12:00-1:00 Lunch on your own
1:00-3:00 * Workshop C: Clinical
aspects of "kinky" sex
Jack Morin, Ph.D.
Unconventional fantasies and consensual activities are frequent sources of erotic stimulation and play. This workshop focuses on instances in which kinky interests emerge as concerns in psychotherapy, especially when: (1) they cause relationship conflict or disengagement, (2) they are fueled by or result in intrapsychic distress, and (3) they are experienced as incompatible with affection and closeness. We'll explore how we can more effectively help individuals and couples to cope with these perplexing challenges, tackling such thorny clinical questions as:
Should we be "advocates for acceptance" or "agents for change"? How should we respond to requests to "cure" kinky interests? How can we tell if the erotic struggle is a diversion from more fundamental, yet unacknowledged problems? How do we handle our counter-transference reactions?
3:15-5:15 * Workshop D: The nature
and nurture of sexual desire in human relationships
Ron Levine, Ph.D.
The nature and nurture of sexual desire has fascinated humankind since the beginning of time. This presentation will explore some conceptions of sexual desire and how they affect our approaches to patients. A brief look at the Bible will be followed by a discussion and comparison of the ideas of five modern thinkers in this area: Helen Fisher, Otto Kernberg, Marty Klein, Pat Love, and David Schnarch. At the end of this portion, we will dialogue together to arrive at our own conceptions. Using the above information as a theoretical framework, we will then turn our attention to clinical interventions. How do we precisely diagnose lack of sexual desire in our patients? What questions do we ask? What specific solutions do we propose? How do our own personal experiences restrict and/or constrict our clinical communications?
2:00-5:15 * Workshop E: Sexuality,
spirituality and body work
Michele Angello, Ph.D., Susan Kaye, Ph.D., William R. Stayton, Ph.D., Th.D.
We are sexual in all the dimensions of life — in our relationships with our self, others, the things in our life, and with our spiritual connection. This workshop is one model of a team effort to help clients to integrate their sexuality and sexual behavior with their spirituality or search for meaning. Occasionally clients come in and it becomes apparent that there's a spiritual void that no amount of talk therapy can fill. Our team integrates other therapeutic modalities, such as bodywork and yoga, as supplementary therapy. Through the use of film, lecture, experiential exercises, and discussion participants will experience and understand the model used by this team.
5:15 Dinner on your own
Opening General Session
Drew Mattison, Ph.D., SSSS President-elect
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UC San Diego
7:30 * Fantasies
and fallacies in sexology: An insider's view.
Ira Reiss, Ph.D., Former SSSS President
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Minnesota
and satisfaction vs. function in female sexuality: A problem of paradigm
Beverly Whipple, Ph.D., R.N., SSSS President
Professor Emerita, Rutgers University
9:15-10:30 Reception: Everyone welcome, especially new members and first-time attendees
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