Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW and Constance Avery-Clark, Ph.D.
Friday, September 13, 2019 9-5pm
Sensate Focus: The Alchemy of Healing Touch, Part II: Advanced Techniques for Varied Sexual Distresses and Challenging Couples.
Continuing Education Credits: CEs pending
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 advanced workshop participants will be offered updates regarding best practices, re- introduced to the underpinnings of Sensate Focus in Somatic Psychotherapy and Mindfulness Practice, and offered the opportunity to delve deeper in applying Sensate Focus suggestions to specific sexual difficulties. Case Studies will be utilized in a step by step illustration of the use of the Sensate Focus hierarchy with varying sexual dysfunctions as well as with challenging couple presentations. Participants are invited to bring case summaries for discussion.
Video demonstrations of Sensate Focus positions and instructions will also be utilized.
As this workshop builds on our previous presentation,“ Sensate Focus: The Alchemy of Healing Touch, Part “I, registrants who did not attend are invited to update their knowledge of Sensate Focus by visiting our website references prior to the advanced workshop.
Linda 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 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.
$190 Early Bird Registration by August 1, 2019
$220 regular registration
For additional information or questions, please contact Zoya Simakhodskaya at email@example.com
Continuing Education: pending
Following this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Delineate when and how to use Sensate Focus touching suggestions integrated into relationship therapy;
- Utilize the most updated instructions for Sensate Focus
- Compare Sensate Focus and the practice of mindfulness and somatic touch.
- Individualize Sensate Focus suggestions for varying sexual concerns
- Identify strategies for use with challenging couples
Schedule and Outline
9:00 – 10:00 am: WORKSHOP: Brief Review of THE EVOLUTION OF SENSATE FOCUS (60 mins). Discussion, Powerpoint, Q&A.
Welcome and Introduction
Sensate Focus Defined
The evolution of Sensate Focus from its primal roots in somatic touch and mindfulness to
it’s refinement in conceptual and instructional implementation.
10:00-10:15 am: BREAK (15 mins)
10:15 am – 11:15 pm: WORKSHOP: IMPLEMENTING SENSATE FOCUS SUGGESTIONS (60 mins). Lecture, Case Illustration, PowerPoint,Video, and Q&A
- When do you begin Sensate Focus with clients and couples?
- Preliminary Suggestions
- Clinical Suggestions
- Additional suggestions
- General Sequence of touching suggestions
- Guidelines for moving up the hierarchy of touch
- The Creative Therapist: individualizing Sensate Focus Suggestions
11:15-12 pm: WORKSHOP: SENSATE FOCUS MODIFICATIONS for Specific Sexual Dysfunctions (90 mins). Lecture, Powerpoint, Case Illustrations, Q&A
Sexual Desire and Interest Concerns
- Erectile Disorder
- Rapid Ejaculation
12:00 – 1:15 pm: LUNCH BREAK (75 mins)
1:15 – 2:30 pm: WORKSHOP: SENSATE FOCUS MODIFICATIONS for Specific Sexual Dysfunctions (90 mins). Lecture, Powerpoint, Case Illustrations, Q&A (con’t)
- Delayed Ejaculation
- Female Orgasmic Disorder
- Genito-Pelvic Pain/Penetration Disorder
2:30 – 3:00 pm: WORKSHOP: SENSATE FOCUS MODIFICATIONS for Specific Sexual Dysfunctions (90 mins). Lecture, Powerpoint, Case Illustrations, Q&A (con’t)
- Sexual Trauma
- LGBTQA/Poly/Kink Clients
3:00-3:15 pm: BREAK (15 mins)
3:15-4:00: VIDEO Presentation, Sensate Focus in Sex Therapy: Common Problems (30 mins) Processing (15 mins)
4:00-4:30pm: Suggestions for working with difficult couples (30 mins). Lecture, PowerPoint, Case Illustrations, and Q&A
4:30-4:45pm: Participant CASE CONSULTATION
4:45 – 5:00 pm: EVALUATION & WRAP-UP: Q&A, Concluding Remarks, Evaluation
Continuing Education application: pending