“21st Century Queer Affirmative Therapy: Working with Sex and Gender Diverse People and How It Can Inform Your Practice With “Mainstream” Clients As Well Workshop

Margie Nichols, Ph.D.

Friday, June 17, 2016 from 10am – 4pm

Since homosexuality was removed from the DSM in 1973, there have been radical changes in the way the mental health field views sex and gender diverse people: those who are same-sex oriented, transgender people, those who identify as asexual, kinky, nonmonogamous, for example. At the same time, the ‘queer’ community has changed dramatically itself. What started as a movement of those who identified as gay or lesbian has become a ‘big tent’ community that includes all the groups mentioned above and others. In this workshop we will learn about the new paradigms that have replaced the old – diversity instead of pathology, gender spectrum instead of binary, sexual fluidity instead of fixed categories. We will examine the research on sex and gender diversity, including the body of research comparing same and opposite sex oriented couples. We will extract the lessons about sexuality and gender we can learn from studying diversity that apply to all clients, whether ‘mainstream’ or not.


Margie photoMargie Nichols, Ph.D. is a psychologist, sex therapist, and Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Personal Growth, a psychotherapy organization in New Jersey specializing in sex therapy and other clinical work with the sex and gender diverse community. She has been active in community mental health for many years, helping to start one of the first shelters for victims of domestic violence in the 1970’s and the Hyacinth Foundation, New Jersey’s largest HIV support and service agency, in 1985. She is an international speaker on LGBTQ issues and author of many articles and papers on LGBTQ sexuality and mental health issues. Her current primary clinical areas of interest are differences between same and mixed sex couples’ sexual function, transgender and gender nonconforming young people, and those who make up the ‘Q’ in LGBTQ, e.g. kink, polyamorous, and queer people. She is also working on developing a queer theory of sex therapy and sex science.


Birch Family Services Training Room

104 W. 29th Street, 2nd Floor (between 6th and 7th Avenues)

New York, NY 10001

Registration: To register for this workshop, please fill out the form below and pay (your registration is not confirmed until payment is received).


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Fee: $175 – pay below.


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.


For additional information or questions, please contact our Program Coordinator Michael Moran, LCSW, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist:  646-298-5227; mike@fulfilledcouples.com

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

This event is sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95402 for an additional fee of $20 paid to R. Cassidy Seminars upon completion of this training.  You can register, complete evaluation form and print out your certificate here: http://www.academeca.com/CEUReg/Seminars.aspx  Any questions about CEUs or certificates should be directed to R. Cassidy Seminars.

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.

R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. R Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 4.75 Continuing Education Credits/Hours.

Social Workers
This organization, 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 4.75 continuing education clinical clock hours.

NY:  R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 4.75 contact hours live.

Sex Educators, Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists
This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 4.5 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.”

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.

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.