Nov
2
to Nov 3

Chicago: Sex Outside the Lines & Rebel Love w/ Dr. Chris Donaghue

Do you or your clients live outside the lines? Have you ever wanted to see see the relationship differently and break out of the box of labels and rules? Or maybe you want to better understand the rebel in your life. This is the workshop for you!

Dr. Chris Donaghue is a world renowned therapist and a featured expert and guest co-host on CBS' "The Doctors" TV show, featured expert on VH1's "The Amber Rose Show." He has been featured on The Today Show, VICE, CNN, HLN, OWN, Nightline, Dr. Drew and featured in Newsweek, New York Times, Daily Beast, Men's Health, Cosmo, and National Geographic.

THIS GAME CHANGER WILL BE IN CHICAGO NOV 2-3rd, 2019! DR. CHRIS DONAGHUE WILL CHALLENGE EVERYTHING YOU THINK YOU KNOW MENTAL HEALTH. JOIN US FOR A SEXCEPTIONAL WEEKEND ON SEX OUTSIDE THE LINES AND REBEL LOVE IN CHICAGO FOR THIS GROUNDBREAKING TRAINING! HOST OF LOVELINE, TV PERSONALITY AND CERTIFIED SEX THERAPIST, DR. CHRIS DONAGHUE WILL BE DELIVERING ONE OF THE MOST INNOVATIVE TRAININGS IN THE WORLD YOU DO NOT WANT MISS!

SEXCEPTIONAL LECTURE W/ DR. CHRIS DONAGHUE (OPEN TO ALL FRIENDS, PARTNERS AND GENERAL PUBLIC 2:30PM) INCLUDES SEX NERD TRIVIA!

THIS TRAINING IS A TRAUMA INFORMED, INTERSECTIONAL, GENDER NEUTRAL, BODY AND SEX POSITIVE PRACTICE. 

FULL TRAINING SCHEDULE:

*BREAKS, SELF CARE TIME, AND EATING ARE ENCOURAGED AS NEEDED

Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 9am - 5pm

- Introduction to Sex Outside the Lines and Rebel Love

- The Sex and Body Negativity Complex

- Sexual Diagnoses as Body Shaming and Policing of Diversity

- Deconstructing Intercourse Biased Sex

- Gender, Identity and Orientation as Traumas

- Process Group and Clinical Discussion

—> OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: REBEL LOVE - Sexceptional Lecture w/ Dr. Chris Donaghue!! (open to all friends, partners and general public!! 2pm-5pm) Includes one hour of fun with our trivia team with prizes and sexy giveaways!

Sunday, Nov. 3rd, 9am - 5pm

- Experiential Work

- The Nervous System

- Flaws of a Heteronormative Fantasy of Marriage

- Problems with Medical & Therapeutic Models

- Issues of Monogamy

- Steps, Principles, Key Terms, Theory, and Treatment Goals

- Process Group and Clinical Discussion


Dr. Chris Donaghue is a Doctor of Clinical Sexology and Human Sexuality, Doctoral trained in Clinical Psychology, Licensed Clinical Therapist, and a Certified Sex Therapist. Dr. Donaghue specializes in individual and couples sex and marital therapy, as well as sexual compulsivity, sexual anorexia, sexual dysfunctions, and non-traditional sexuality, identities, and relationships. Dr. Donaghue is a member of American Association of Sex Counselors, Educators, and Therapists (AASECT) and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS). Chris is one out of only four hundred individuals who completed the extra training to receive his CST Credentials. 

Dr. Donaghue is the co-host of the new "Loveline Podcast with Amber Rose," a featured expert and guest co-host on CBS' "The Doctors" TV show, featured expert on VH1's "The Amber Rose Show." He has been featured on The Today Show, VICE, CNN, HLN, OWN, Nightline, Dr. Drew and featured in Newsweek, New York Times, Daily Beast, Men's Health, Cosmo, and National Geographic. Dr. Chris Donaghue is the author of “Sex Outside the Lines: Authentic Sexuality in a Sexually Dysfunctional Culture,” that is currently used in the curriculum as UCLA, Princeton, and USC. Order the book on Amazon here. 

This program offers up to 16 AASECT CEs. This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 155 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 ce@aasect.org

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May
10
to May 11

Register Now for the Full Sex Therapy Certification Program in Chicago!

HOW DO I GET CERTIFIED AS A SEX THERAPIST, EDUCATOR OR COUNSELOR THROUGH AASECT IN CHICAGO?

 

THE SEXUAL HEALTH ALLIANCE (SHA) IS PROUD TO OFFER A FULL SEX THERAPY CERTIFICATION PROGRAM WITH 155 AASECT CEs!


APPLY NOW HERE


*Includes ALL online classes + 3 in-person weekends in Chicago + Meet & Greet Parties with your cohort + Access to Online resource group and supervisor lists, "Do it for me" AASECT Application - we will fill it out with you, discussion sessions with THE experts, Welcome Swag Bag and more!

You’re joining a community of sex positive professionals. All of our in-person and online trainings are conducted by the top experts in the world. Complete all of your AASECT educational CE requirements with The Sexual Health Alliance!

Cost: $5150* Until April 28th, 2019

This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 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 ce@aasect.org 

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May
10
to May 11

Chicago: Science of Desire & Fantasy w/ Kinsey Fellow, Dr. Justin Lehmiller!!

A NEW BESTSELLER, AWARD WINNING BLOG, PODCAST AND MORE... DR. JUSTIN LEHMILLER IS COMING TO CHICAGO IN MAY!

TICKETS START AT $45! MULTIPLE OPTIONS AVAILABLE INCLUDING 150+ AASECT CES FOR CERTIFICATION TRAINING.

*Choose 1/2 day, full day or weekend!* Up to 16 AASECT CEs*. Option for LPC, LMFT, LCSW CEUs

JOIN US MAY 10TH-11TH FOR:  TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT. IT'S A PHRASE LOADED WITH PROMISE AND AMBIGUITY THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO SPARK BOTH EXCITEMENT AND FEAR. EXCEPT, WITH DR. JUSTIN LEHMILLER AS YOUR GUIDE, YOU WILL DISCOVER EXACTLY WHAT YOU NEED TO HELP YOUR CLIENTS LEAD A FULFILLING INTIMATE LIFE.

We're so excited to announce this weekend training event! Multiple days and ticket options available. And, best of all, it's open to everyone! This training is included in the Sex Therapy Certification Educational Training Program (plus 150+ AASECT CEs toward AASECT Certification) if you have already registered HERE.

Are you getting what you want when it comes to sex? Odds are, probably not. Most of us have sexual fantasies that we wish were part of our sexual reality; however, few of us have shared these desires with our partners, let alone acted on them, because fear, shame, and embarrassment are holding us back.

We need to move past sexual shame and learn to communicate our desires in order to establish happy and healthy relationships. Sexual communication has a number of benefits, from establishing greater intimacy and closeness to keeping passion alive for the long haul.

This program offers up to 16 AASECT CEs*. Open to ALL professionals, their partners, friends and anyone that wants to learn more!

Purchase CEUs for LPC, LMFT, LCSW and APA approved for Psychologists through Cassidy Seminars ($20 for 8 CEUs and up) Click CLICK HERE for 2 day or HERE for 1 day

Buy Tickets

FULL TRAINING SCHEDULE:

Friday, May 10th, 9am - 5pm (Dr. Justin Lehmiller)

- Sexual fantasy vs. sexual desire: What’s the difference?

- The who, what, when, where, and why of sexual fantasies

- How and why fantasies differ across gender, sexual orientation, and age

- The science of sexual fantasy: The most common fantasies, where they come from, and what they say about us

- Reconceptualizing paraphilias: Which sexual desires are truly uncommon and when does a sexual fantasy or desire become a cause for concern?  

- Processing, questions and closing

Saturday, May 11th, 9am - 5pm, w/ Dr. Justin Lehmiller

- Sexual communication: Tips and icebreakers that will allow you to confidently begin a dialogue

- Making the leap from fantasy to reality: What do you need to know?

- Monogamy vs. consensual non-monogamy: What are the unique benefits and challenges of each, and how do you figure out which approach is right for you?

- The secrets to relationship success: Getting the sex life and relationship you want

- Discussing fantasies and desires with partners: Risk vs. reward

- Sexceptional Lecture w/ Dr. Justin Lehmiller! (open to all friends, partners and general public!! 2pm-5pm) Includes games and fun with our trivia team!

- Questions and closing


This event is held at Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile, East Huron Street, Chicago, IL

(THIS PROGRAM CAN ALSO BE REGISTERED INDIVIDUALLY OR AS PART OF OUR SEX THERAPY CERTIFICATION PROGRAM FOR AASECT) REGISTER FOR THE FULL SEX THERAPY CERTIFICATION TOWARDS AASECT THAT ALREADY INCLUDES THIS WEEKEND CLICK HERE.  

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Dr. Justin J. Lehmiller received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Purdue University and is a Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He is also author of the new, highly praised book Tell Me What You Want: The Science of Sexual Desire and How It Can Help You Improve Your Sex Life. Dr. Lehmiller is an award winning educator, having been honored three times with the Certificate of Teaching Excellence from Harvard University, where he taught for several years. He is also a prolific researcher and scholar who has published more than 40 pieces of academic writing to date, including a textbook entitled The Psychology of Human Sexuality (2nd edition released in 2017) that is used in college classrooms around the world. Dr. Lehmiller's research focuses on topics including casual sex, sexual fantasy, sexual health, and friends with benefits. His studies have appeared in all of the leading journals on human sexuality, including the Journal of Sex ResearchArchives of Sexual Behavior, and The Journal of Sexual Medicine

Dr. Lehmiller has been interviewed by numerous media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, CNN.com, The AtlanticThe Globe and Mail, and The Sunday Times. He has been named one of 5 "Sexperts" You Need to Follow on Twitter by Men's Health and one of the "modern-day masters of sex" by Nerve.

Dr. Lehmiller has appeared on several episodes of the television program Taboo on the National Geographic Channel and is a frequent guest on podcast and radio shows, such as the Savage Lovecast and the NPR programs Radio Times and Airtalk. He is a popular freelance writer, penning columns and op-eds for several major publications, including PlayboyUSA TodayVICE, Psychology Today, and New York Magazine. In addition, the articles he writes on Sex and Psychology have been syndicated on major websites, including Business InsiderHuffington PostMen's Health, and Thought Catalog.

This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 155 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 ce@aasect.org

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Sexual Health Symposium For Medical and Mental Health Professionals
Nov
11
9:00 AM09:00

Sexual Health Symposium For Medical and Mental Health Professionals

  • MSU - DETROIT CENTER Rooms 230 A & B (map)
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Great Lakes Sexual Health Alliance invites you to our Sexual Health Symposium in Detroit, Michigan, designed to provide the most current information and treatment strategies for medical and mental health professionals.  The full day event will feature presentations on sexual concerns, including sexual pain, male and female sexual dysfunction, and desire discrepancy.  In addition, there will be sessions on working with the LGBTQIA population, as well as those in alternative sexuality communities, including kink and BDSM.  

Our featured speaker, Dr. Joe Kort, is a licensed clinical psychologist and sex therapist with over 20 years experience working in the field of sexuality and relationships.  He will present on affirmative and competent care for those in the LGBTQIA population.

Our presenters for the entire day are Phillis Mims-Gillum, MD, CSC, Nisha McKenzie, PA, CSC, Michelle Herzog, LMFT, CST, Stephen Liroff, MD and Priscilla de Llovio, LCPC, CADC

This exceptional event will enrich the clinical practice of a wide range of mental health, educational, and medical providers.  We welcome students and new professionals as well as practitioners with years of experience to participate in this day long learning opportunity. 

 

Scheduled Program: 

8:30-9:00 CHECK IN AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

9:15-9:30 LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX - GETTING TO THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM FOR OUR PATIENTS/CLIENTS.  Presenter: Alycia Williams, LPC, CST

9:30-11:15 SEXUAL DIVERSITY - LGBTQIA ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE. Presenter: Joe Kort, PhD

11:15-12:15 TREATING MALE SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION. Presenters: Dr. Stephen Liroff and Priscilla de Llovio, LCPC, CADC

12:15-1:15 LUNCH PROVIDED

1:15-2:15 FEMALE SEXUALITY, DESIRE DISCREPANCY AND INTERVENTION STRATEGIES.  Presenters: Dr. Phillis Mims-Gillum, CSC, Nisha McKenzie, PA, CSC and Michelle Herzog, LMFT, CST

2:15-2:30 SEX THERAPY, SEXUAL MEDICINE, AND SEX COUNSELING: UNDERSTANDING COLLABORATION AND REFERRALS. Panel Discussion

2:30-3:30 TREATING BDSM, KINK, AND OTHER SEXUAL PRACTICES. Presenter: Alycia Williams, LPC, CST

 

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Psychotherapist, coach and author Joe Kort, Ph.D, MSW, MA founded his practice in 1985.  Its specialties include:  Gay Affirmative Psychotherapy, emphasizing how being knowledgeable about gay issues informs the therapeutic process, and IMAGO Relationship Therapy, a specific program to help couples and singles learn to improve their communication and relationship skills. It is based on the books Getting The Love You Want  and Keeping The Love You Find  by Dr. Harville Hendrix.

 

Coming in from out of town?  Contact the Crowne Plaza for a special Great Lakes Sexual Health Alliance room rate.  Use group code GLS.

https://www.crowneplaza.com/redirect?path=hd&brandCode=CP&localeCode=en&regionCode=1&hotelCode=DTTND&_PMID=99801505&GPC=GLS&viewfullsite=true

 

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May
26
9:00 AM09:00

CARAS Alternative Sexualities Conference

CEUs for Licensed Professionals   Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60613

CEUs for Licensed Professionals

Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60613

Join us for the 8th Annual CARAS Conference! 

TASHRA in partnership with the GLSHA invites you to attend the 2017 CARAS Alternative Sexualities Conference. Learn from leaders in the field as they present on various topics including kink and consensual non-monogamy. Hear research findings from the first National Kink Health Survey and network with some of the greatest minds in the field of alt sex. Early registration rates end on May 15th!

Join us for the Kink Identified Clinician Summit on Saturday, May 26th!* (10:00am to 12:00pm, Center on Halsted)

*No extra cost with full day workshop registration*

Hours count toward becoming a Certified Kink Competent (CKC) Provider

Keynote Speakers: Caroline Shahbaz and Peter Chirinos
 
The authors of the 2017 book Becoming a Kink Aware Therapist will be presenting the opening keynote address and a workshop. Drawing on current research and ethnographic narratives from the kink community, the workshop provides psychotherapists with an understanding of the culture and practice of BDSM and presents specific therapeutic concerns related to common misconceptions. This workshop is packed with practical suggestions and rich case studies applicable to sexual minorities. In particular, it differentiates cutting and self-harm from masochism and explores the experiences of coming out 'kinky'. Finally the ways in which social cultural political biases impact professional and personal perspectives will be explored.

Reserve your hotel at the newly renovated Chicago City Suites. A room block has been set aside under the group name "CARAS Conference" for your convenience. You may call the hotel directly at 773-404-3400 or book online using Group Code: CARAS. Reduced rates are $179-$199 and include WiFi and breakfast. 

Following the conference, the GLSHA invites you to join us for a social event at Sidetrack, one of Chicago's famed hotspots in the Boystown neighborhood. Join us at 6:30pm for drinks and entertainment!

The Great Lakes Sexual Health Alliance is looking for volunteers to assist our team during the conference. If you are interested, then please send us an email at greatlakes@sexualhealthalliance.com

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Apr
8
9:00 AM09:00

Sexceptional Lecture: Mastering the Art of Sensate Focus with Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW, & Constance Avery-Clark, PhD

6 AASECT CEUs  6 CEUs for LMFT, LPC, LCSW  6 CEUs for APA Psychologists

6 AASECT CEUs

6 CEUs for LMFT, LPC, LCSW

6 CEUs for APA Psychologists

Discover, develop, renew, and update your knowledge of Sensate Focus (the foundation of sex therapy) for a diverse client population. Re-examine the value of Sensate Focus for working with couples’ intimacy, relationship, and sexual concerns, and explore its association with mindfulness practice. Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW, and Constance Avery-Clark, PhD, will go beyond what has been published by Masters & Johnson, presenting evolved clinical applications for LGBT populations, trauma survivors, Spectrum couples, and those with chronic illness or disability. The workshop will include suggestions for the use of Sensate Focus 1 with sexually distressed clients as opposed to the use of Sensate Focus 2 with those seeking to optimize their intimate and sexual relationship. Update your skills and conceptualizations, and join the conversation!

GOALS

  • Overview of the history and application of Sensate Focus
  • Identify the what, when, and how of assigning & processing suggestions
  • Clarify Sensate Focus Levels 1 & 2

OBJECTIVES

  • Present the underpinnings of Sensate Focus & their relation to mindfulness practice
  • Differentiate clients’ intimacy & sexual concerns
  • Describe the general Sensate Focus hierarchy, & its pacing and processing
  • Offer modification specific to diverse demographic & clinical populations
  • Provide demonstration & opportunities for practice & feedback

BIOGRAPHY

Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW is Co-Director of the Institute for Sexual & Relationship Therapy & Training, an Adjunct Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, a supervisor, speaker, workshop presenter and author. Training  together and working at Masters & Johnson Institute, she and Constance became colleagues and lifelong friends. The two of us recently collaborated on the publication of the first  illustrated manual detailing the use of Sensate Focus in sex therapy and updating this foundational technique for diverse clients.  


BIOGRAPHY

Constance Avery-Clark, PhD is Co-Director of the Institute for Sexual & Relationship Therapy & Training, an AASECT-Certified Diplomate in Sex Therapy, and a Licensed Psychologist. With two Ph.D.s (in Clinical Psychology and the Psychology of Jungian Studies), she has been in private practice for 30 years in Florida. She is a CE Provider through APA and AASECT, presents nationally on the subject of intimacy, relationships, and meaningfulness, has published numerous articles and, together with her long-time colleague and friend from Masters & Johnson Institute, has a book coming out this year entitled Sensate Focus in Sex Therapy: The Illustrated Manual.

  Check out their new illustrated manual on Sensate Focus!

 Check out their new illustrated manual on Sensate Focus!

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Jan
29
12:00 PM12:00

Sexceptional Lecture: Beyond Desire with Emily Nagoski, PhD

In her groundbreaking bestseller, Come As You Are, Emily Nagoski, PhD explored the science behind female sexuality. Now she takes you deeper into understanding responsive desire, arousal non-concordance, and the dual control model of sexual response. This workshop delves into the science of female sexuality, provokes personal and professional insight, and provides opportunities to create strategies for helping clients and patients navigate the complex world of desire and authentic sexual expression. Therapists, medical professionals, students, and individuals interested in science-based, body-positive, affirming sexual health knowledge are welcome to attend.

    OBJECTIVES

    • Identify the multiple facets of the mesolimbic cortex - liking, wanting and learning.
    • Explain arousal non-concordance, or why a person's genitals might respond to stimulation that is neither wanted nor liked.
    • Describe the relevance of the dual control model to sexual desire and pleasure.

    BIOGRAPHY

    Emily Nagoski is a sex educator, author, research and activist who has a PhD in Health Behavior with a doctoral concentration in human sexuality from Indiana University (IU), and a Master’s degree (also from IU) in Counseling, with a clinical internship at the Kinsey Institute Sexual Health Clinic. She also has a BA in Psychology, with minors in cognitive science and philosophy, from the University of Delaware. While at IU, Emily worked as an educator and docent at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex Gender and Reproduction. She also taught graduate and undergraduate classes in human sexuality, relationships and communication, stress management, and sex education.
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