Sex as a Safe Adventure: Connecting Sexually and Emotionally Through Emotionally Focused Therapy

with Zoya Simakhodskaya, Ph.D. and Michael Moran, LCSW, CST

Do your clients in relationships present with complaints of sexual issues, such as:

  • Discrepancies in desire
  • Boredom in the bedroom
  • Discovery of out of control sexual behaviors
  • Arousal or orgasmic problems
  • Sexual challenges after having children
  • Trouble after infidelity or in the wake of trauma

From the perspective of Emotionally Focused Therapy, such complaints are most often part of an underlying lack of security and bond in the relationship caused by the negative cycle between partners.  At times, as the partners de-escalate and become more secure, sexual issues remain unresolved.  Yet, many EFT therapists lack knowledge and skills in the area of sex assessment and intervention.

This workshop is designed to give you a strong foundation where sexual issues are the presenting problem in relationship therapy.  Introduction to up to date research on current models of sexuality will be presented.  You will learn how to do an assessment of both the negative relational cycle and the sexual cycle so you can skillfully work using EFT interventions with both cycles to help your clients move to de-escalation. This workshop will also address how to integrate psycho-education and simple behavioral sex therapy interventions as partners begin to move into Stage 2, while at the same time continuing to build a secure bond through increased vulnerability.  We will also address sexual concerns in non-traditional relationships (ethical non-monogamy, kink, diverse sexual expressions). This workshop will include lecture, video examples and experiential exercises.

Live Online Workshop via Zoom

October 19-21, 2022

10:00-3:00pm EST New York time

Presenters:

Zoya Simakhodskaya, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and certified EFT Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer. She is a founding member and Executive Director on the Board of Directors of NYCEFT.  Zoya is also a Founder and Director of Center for Psychological and Interpersonal Development dedicated to high quality individual and relationship therapy and EFT training.  Zoya has a full-time practice in Chelsea, NY with adults, couples and families, specializing in cross-cultural and bilingual population.  In addition to her psychotherapy practice, Zoya has many years of experience providing crisis intervention in a psychiatric emergency service and continues as a voluntary faculty at NYU School of Medicine and CUNY Graduate Center.  Zoya enjoys helping therapists learn EFT and teaches nationally and internationally, now bringing EFT to Russia and Ukraine.  She has a particular interest in helping clients around issues of sexuality in relationships.

Michael Moran LCSW, CST is a psychotherapist, Certified EFT Couples Therapist and Supervisor, and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist based in New York, NY where he specializes at the intersection of relational and sexual challenges. He is the Founder and Director of The Center for Relational Fulfillment and is Senior Faculty at The Sex Therapy Collaborative, a division of the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy. In addition to his practice, Mike presents internationally training therapists to effectively address sexual issues in EFT couples therapy and has taught graduate courses in Marriage and Family Therapy and LGBTQ Practice in Contemporary Society at Rutgers University. Mike has also been featured on Esther Perel’s “Sessions” platform where she interviews leading psychotherapists regarding the theory and application of their clinical work. Additionally, he gives weekend workshops to couples geared to cultivate greater relational and sexual satisfaction. Mike views erotic energy as chi (life-force, creative vitality) and loves helping people remove the barriers to creating authentic, passionate connection, both emotionally and sexually. His website is www.fulfilledcouples.com.

Cost:

Early Bird Rate – $400.00 – register prior to September 18, 2022 and save $50

Regular Rate  – $450.00 – prior to October 12, 2022

Student/Agency Rate – $275.00 (Full time mental health students, active or former military, full time agency/hospital employee providing care to underserved and marginalized clients)

CE cost – additional $40.00 through R. Cassidy Seminars.

To register for this workshop through Eventbrite, please click on the link below.  You will receive an email with detailed information about zoom registration and workshop format several days prior to workshop.

Pre-requisite: Completion of EFT Externship

Click here to register.

Upcoming locations:

November 4-5, 2022  – Houston, TX.  Hosted by Houston Center for EFT.  For more information visit https://hceft.org/events/

Refund policy:

Cancellations 14 days prior to the workshop will receive refund minus $75 administrative fee.  Please request refund by emailing zoya@cpidnyc.com

Coordinator:

If you have any questions, please email coordinator Rachel Goldstein at rachelgphd@gmail.com

Target audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Mental Health Counselors, Graduate Students in mental health.

The course content level:  Intermediate level and Advanced level

Disclosure statement: There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program

Learning objectives:

1.     Participants will be able to name different models of sexual response.

2.     Participants will be able to apply techniques of sexual assessment in EFT treatment

3.     Participants will be able to specify common misalignments in sexual response, desire and behaviors in couples.

4.     Participants will be able to identify each partner’s model of sexuality based on their background

5.     Participants will be able to identify negative cycle around sexual issues in Stage 1 of EFT

6.     Participants will be able to compare sexual and relationship cycles in couples

7.     Participants will be able to list common presentations of sexual pursuers and withdrawers

8.     Participants will be able to reframe sexual concerns from an attachment perspective

9.     Participants will learn how to effectively utilize Stage 2 EFT interventions around sexual issues to create a more secure bond in couples that leads to greater sexual fulfillment.

10.  Participants will be able to integrate key sex therapy interventions into EFT for couples

11.  Participants will be able to predict and address common challenges in applying common sex therapy interventions to EFT couple therapy

12.  Participants will be able to name sexual concerns that require a referral to a specialist

Schedule

Day 1

10:00-10:45am    Introductions, overview of research on sex and attachment theory, as well as basic principles of sex therapy

10:45-12:30pm    Viewing and discussion of video recordings of an EFT stage 1 couple session focused on sexual issues

12:30-1:00pm      Break

1:00-2:30pm        Assessment of sexual issues in EFT; experiential exercise

2:30-3:00pm        Q&A, discussion, wrap-up

Day 2

10:00-11:00am    Stage 1 of EFT: tracking sexual and relational cycles; experiential exercise.

11:00-12:30pm    Sex therapy interventions in Stage 1

12:30-1:00pm      Break

1:00-1:30pm        Stage 2 of EFT: deepening attachment related emotion around sexual issues.

1:30-2:45pm        Viewing and discussion of video recordings of an EFT stage 2 couple sessions focused on sexual dysfunction.

2:45-3:00pm        Q&A, discussion, wrap-up

Day 3

10:00-10:45am    Sex therapy interventions in Stage 2 of EFT

10:45-12:30pm    Viewing and discussion of video recordings of integrating sex therapy interventions in EFT stage 2 couple sessions

12:30-1:00pm      Break

1:00-1:30pm        Stage 3 of EFT.

1:30-2:00pm        Viewing and discussion of video recordings of integrating sex therapy interventions in EFT stage 2 couple sessions

2:00-2:30pm        Working in EFT with issues of non-traditional clients.

2:30-3:00pm        Q&A, discussion, wrap-up

Continuing Education Credits

Cosponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars, P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Continuing Education credits are available at additional cost of $20 through R. Cassidy Seminars.

Satisfactory Completion
Participants must have paid tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate. Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates will be available following course completion at https://www.academeca.com/CEUReg/SeminarInfo.aspx?seminarId=3844

Psychologists
R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 13.5 CE hours
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0018. 13.5 clock hours Live online.

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. (13.5) clock hours. Live online.

Social Workers
CA and Other States:
Most states accept continuing education courses offered by approved providers with national providerships or will accept the approvals of other state licensing boards of the same license type. Others, either do not require pre-approval of courses, or will allow licensees to retroactively file for course approval themselves. R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with two national providerships, as well as holding many individual state license type approvals. Check with your board to obtain a final ruling.
IL-SWs: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #159.000782.  (13.5) 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 13.5 contact hours Live online.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (13.5) clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists
CA and Other States: Most states accept continuing education courses offered by approved providers with national providerships or will accept the approvals of other state licensing boards of the same license type. Others, either do not require pre-approval of courses, or will allow licensees to retroactively file for course approval themselves. R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with two national providerships, as well as holding many individual state license type approvals. Check with your board to obtain a final ruling.
IL-MFTs: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141.  (13.5) 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. (13.5) contact hours. Live online.
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. (13.5) contact hours. Live online.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (13.5) clock hours, #RCST110701
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 13.5 CE hours.

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. (13.5) contact hours. Live online.

Chemical Dependency Counselors
CA: Provider approved by CCAPP, Provider #4N-00-434-0222 for (13.5) CEHs. CCAPP is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states
TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, (13.5) hours general. Expires 3/31/2021.  Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 460, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (512) 476-7297.

Educators
TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is (13.5) 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 13.5 AASECT 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@aasect.org

Nurses
CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (13.5) contact hours

Dentists
CA:
R. Cassidy Seminars is a provider approved by the Dental Board of California as a registered provider of continuing education. RP# 4874. (13.5) CE 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.

What participants said about this workshop:

“An excellent training in every way.”

“Zoya and Mike were extremely knowledgeable, engaging, kind, responsive and helpful”

“Incredibly useful–This training filled a deeply felt void in my ability to fully treat couples”

“Thank you for your knowledge, sense of humor and accessibility!”

“Great videos, good balance of experiential and didactic, very impressive handling of difficult questions– you managed to be graceful and present and still moved on”

“A very safe adventure!  I feel inspired to expand and explore this with my couples”

“Your presentation has changed the lives of some of my couples, and endeared me to you both forever. My favorite turn around? A sexless trauma couple for 40 years are engaging in sensate focus and just love it. I’ve been also reading my way through all of your sensational resources and am blown away how much your two day training has revitalized my practice.  In the last month, I’ve revisited sex with every single couple I see, with some wonderfully joyful deepening and new awarenesses.”  Margaret Petersen, MFT. San Francisco, CA.

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