Sex Therapy Training

Sex Therapy Collaborative:

Relational, intersectional sex therapy training as a joint endeavor between FACTS (Family and Couples Treatment Services) and PCGS (Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality) – Divisions of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy

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Note: ICP is now an approved provider of NYS Continuing Education Units and is a certified Provider Organization of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).

April 29, 2017 

Psychotherapy with Clients Who Are Kinky or Who Want to Be,

and Taking Lessons from the Kink World Mainstream

As seen on a Sussex Directories Inc site

9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Saturday

Presenter: Margaret Nichols, PhD

CE Units are currently pending. 

In the 21st Century we have experienced a paradigm shift in the way many sex and gender diverse people are regarded both in the culture at large and in the mental health world.  DSM 5 signaled a big shift towards depathologization of ‘paraphilias,’ and ‘Fifty Shades of Gray’ normalized kink so much that it has been called ‘the Stonewall of the kink community.’

In this workshop we emphasize the positive aspects of kink and dive deeply into clinical issues. Although we start with a historical perspective on kink and psychiatry, we will not dwell long on questions of ‘pathology.’ Instead, we will take a closer look at the world of BDSM: at the latest scientific data on the occurrence of kinky fantasies and behaviors and characteristics of people who practice kink; at the different motives for participation and what participants ‘get’ from kink; at the perspective of neuroscience. We will explore the types of kinky clients most seen in clinical practice, e.g., couples where one person is kinky; people with internalized erotophobia; those who are newly entering the kink world   We will discuss difficult clinical issues, such as consent boundaries and consent violations; safety and the line between ‘risk aware consensual kink’ and self-destructive behavior.

We will also focus on kink used as therapy – how it can be used to resolve past trauma, or to channel desires in a healthy way.  And finally, we will learn how to extrapolate lessons about communication and keeping relationships passionate from the kink world to the mainstream.

About the Presenter:

Margaret Nichols, Ph.D. is a psychologist, AASECT Certified Sex Therapy Supervisor, 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 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. kinky, polyamorous, and queer people. Recent professional publications include papers on LGBTQ therapy, same sex couples, clients who practice ‘kink’, and parents of transgender and gender non-conforming children.  In 2017 Dr. Nichols has presented at USPATH, the Psychotherapy Networker, and various clinical training programs on issues of transgender and gender nonconforming young people.



Spring Course Schedule

 

April 29, 2017

Workshop: Psychotherapy with Clients Who Are Kinky or Who Want to Be and Taking Lessons from the Kink World Mainstream

9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Saturday

Presenter: Margie Nichols PhD

 

June 7 – 28, 2017

4-Week Module:  Summer Sexuality Series

1:45 pm – 3:15pm, Wednesdays

Presenter: Suzanne Iasenza PhD



Past Workshops & Modules

9-Week Module:  The Principles and Practices of Sex Therapy 

October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, December 2, 9 & 16, 2016

10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Fridays

Presenter: Ian Kerner PhD

 

October 29, 2016

Workshop: Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction

9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday

Presenter: Douglas Braun-Harvey MFT

 

February 4, 2017 

Workshop: Male Sexual Problems: An Existential View

9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Saturday

Presenter: Dan Watter ED.D

 

March 18, 2017 

Workshop: Sexology, Sexosophy, & African-American Sexuality: Implications for Sex Therapy and Sexuality Research

9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Saturday

Presenter: Herb Samuels, MSSW, PhD



AASECT CE Credit Information

These programs meet the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists
(AASECT) and are approved for CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT Certification and renewal
of certification.

NYS Continuing Education Information

*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.

*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy 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.

*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is recognized by the NYS Education Department State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education credit for licensed social workers.

*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy 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 mental health counselors.

For more information about the CEU credits please call 212-333-3444.