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!
- 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
- 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
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.
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.