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

Friday, May 11, 2018 10-5pm

The Alchemy of Healing Touch: Sensate Focus in Sex and Relationship Therapy.

Continuing Education Credits: 5.5 CEs

Sensate Focus is a highly useful adjunct to relationship therapy, serving to foster emotional connection in the couple. It is, as well, a technique that forms the basis of sex therapy.

In this highly practical workshop participants will be offered updates regarding best practices, introduced to the underpinnings of Sensate Focus in Somatic Psychotherapy and Mindfulness Practice, and offered the opportunity to learn to apply Sensate Focus suggestions to a diverse population including those with varied sexual concerns, populations such as people who have experienced sexual trauma, and those with differing lifestyles and orientations.

The program includes case consultation as well as video demonstrations of Sensate Focus positions and instructions.

Presenters:

LINDA-the portrait-glamour-cropped NEW Bigger CopyLinda Weiner, MSW, LCSW is Co-Director of the Institute for Sexual & Relationship Therapy & Training and Adjunct Professor at Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, a Certified Diplomate in Sexology (American Board of Sexology), and is certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists as a Sex Therapist, Supervisor, and CE provider. Weiner has co-authored numerous articles, chapters, and most recently a book on the history and application of Sensate Focus techniques,   Sensate Focus in Sex Therapy: An Illustrated Manual. Prior to beginning a private practice, Weiner was a Clinical & Research Associate at Masters & Johnson Institute in St. Louis and has been providing individual and couples relationship and sex therapy and training for the past 29 years. Her current research interest is on mindfulness and somatic processes in sex therapy.

Constance 2017 05 08 Headshot (2)Constance Avery-Clark, Ph.D., Ph.D. is Co-Director of the Institute for Sexual & Relationship Therapy & Training, an AASECT-Certified Diplomate of Sex Therapy and an AASECT CE Provider, and a Certified Diplomate in Sexology through the American Board of Sexology. Dr. Avery-Clark has one doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and another in Psychology–Jungian Studies. She has authored and co-authored numerous articles, a book chapter and, most recently, a book on the history and application of Sensate Focus techniques entitled Sensate Focus in Sex Therapy: An Illustrated Manual. She was formerly Research and Clinical Associate at Masters & Johnson Institute. She has been a practicing Licensed Psychologist in Boca Raton, Florida, for 29 years. She specializes in treating sexual, relationship, and meaning-of-life concerns, and has lectured nationally, including an appearance on the Today Show. Her current research interest is on the integration of mindfulness practice and depth-oriented approaches in sex therapy.

Location:

Birch Family Services Training Room

104 W. 29th Street, 2nd Floor – between 6th and 7th avenues

Fees:

$190 Early Bird Registration by April 15, 2018

$220 regular registration

Cancellations:

If notified in writing of canceling one month before workshop date, fee is refunded minus $25 administrative fee.  Registrations canceled after that date are not refundable.

Contact:

For additional information or questions, please contact our Program Coordinator Sarah Constantine at sarah@cpidnyc.com or 646-200-5088 x 4.

Continuing Education: 5.5 CE

Learning Objectives:

Following this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify critical changes in Sensate Focus concepts and instructions since originally publicized;
  2. Delineate when and how to use Sensate Focus touching suggestions integrated into relationship therapy;
  3. Individualize Sensate Focus suggestions for varying sexual concerns and populations;
  4. Explain common problems and suggest interventions; and
  5. Compare Sensate Focus and the practice of mindfulness and somatic touch.

Schedule and Outline

9:30 – 10:00 am: SIGN-IN & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST  

10:00 – 11:00 am: WORKSHOP: Lecture, PowerPoint, and Q&A (60 mins)

  1. Course Overview, and Brief Discussion
  1. What is Sensate Focus?
  1. Why do we use it in sex and relationship therapy?
  1. The Evolution of Sensate Focus:
    1. Its primal roots in somatic touch and mindfulness to
    2. Its refinement in conceptual and instructional implementation (Part I)
  1. Conceptual and Instructional Implementation of Sensate Focus (Part II)
    1. Critical changes in attitude and focus
    2. Initial touching suggestions

11:00-11:15 am: BREAK (15 mins)

11:15 am – 12:15 pm: WORKSHOP: Lecture, PowerPoint, Q&A, and Discussion (60 mins)

  1. The Sensate Focus 1 Protocol (90 mins): Lecture, PowerPoint, and Q&A
    1. Preliminary Suggestions
    2. Clinical Suggestions
    3. Concluding suggestions
    4. General Sequence
    5. Guidelines for moving up the hierarchy of touch
    6. The creative therapist: Individualizing Sensate Focus Suggestions

12:15 – 1:15 pm: LUNCH BREAK (60 mins)

1:15 – 2:30 pm: WORKSHOP: Video, Q&A, and Discussion (75 mins)

  1. VIDEO: Sensate Focus: Instructions and Positions. Presentation of the Sensate Focus 1 Protocol, Q &A, discussion.

2:30 – 2:45 pm: BREAK (15 mins)

2:45 – 4:00 pm: WORKSHOP (75 mins)

  1. Sensate Focus Modifications for Varied Sexual Concerns & Populations (40 mins)
    • Sexual Desire and Interest Concerns
    • Erectile Disorder
    • Rapid Ejaculation
    • Delayed Ejaculation
    • Female Orgasmic Disorder
    • Vaginismus
    • Genito-Pelvic Pain/Penetration Disorder
    • Sexual Trauma Survivors
    • LGBTQ/Poly/Kink Clients
  1. Addressing Common Problems Encountered with Sensate Focus (35 mins): Lecture, Powerpoint, and Q&A

4:00 – 4:45 pm: CASE CONSULTATION (45 mins)

4:45 – 5:00 pm: Concluding Remarks (15 mins)

Continuing Education: 5.5 CE

“CE credits are available at additional cost. Certificates available at www.ceuregistration.com following completion of the workshop.  For more information about obtaining a CE Certificate click here”

This event is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars

This course for Psychologists, Psychoanalysts, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Creative Arts Therapists, Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists – All Levels

Satisfactory Completion

Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.

Psychologists
R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists.  R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. (5.5) CE hours

Psychoanalysts
NY:
R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005. (5.5) clock hours.

Social Workers
R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: April 15, 2015-April 15, 2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive (5.5) continuing education clock hours.
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.

NJ Social Workers: This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #31 Course #1832 from 04/10/2018 to 04/10/2020. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 5.5
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0006. This program is approved for 5.5 contact hours. Live in-person.
OH:
Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (5.5) clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists
CA:
The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes Counselors and MFTs.
IL: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141.( 5.5) hours.
NY-LMHCs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0015. (5.5) contact hours.

NY-LMFTs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0011. (5.5) contact hours.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (5.5) clock hours, #RCST110701
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 (5.5) CE hours.

Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)

This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 5.5 CE Credits. These CE Credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification.

Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information please contact info@assect.org.

Creative Arts Therapists
NY:
R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0005. (5.5) contact hours

Disability Access – If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

For any questions or concerns please call (917-922-9601)

Satisfactory Completion

Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.