Upcoming Events

    April 6, 2019 in Asheville, NC

Sensate Focus In Sex Therapy and Sexual Medicine: The Alchemy of Touch, Mindfulness, & Somatic Techniques

With Constance Avery-Clark, Ph.D. and Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW

SPONSOR

Fosnight Foundation

Description

Sensate Focus Touching is a highly useful adjunct to sex therapy for both mental health and allied health professionals to address sexual desire as well as a spate of sexual distresses and dysfunctions. Sensate Focus touching was developed by Masters & Johnson on the basis of their research and experience. It serves to foster a mindful connection to self and partner as well as diminish anxiety through repeated touching experiences. In a structured hierarchy of touching experiences, clients learn to turn off their internal chatter and tune into their body, managing their mind’s negative messages, building comfort and accumulating sexual tension. This is Sensate Focus, a simple but elegant and effective strategy. It is helpful for identifying and managing blocks to sexual feeling and expression, and for promoting healthy adaptions to the biopsychosocial challenges following cancer and other illness. Too often these challenges lead to sexual alienation, and to ongoing but unnecessary sexual dysfunctions. In this highly practical workshop participants will learn updates regarding best practices, be introduced to the underpinnings of Sensate Focus in Somatic Psychotherapy and Mindfulness Practice. They will be offered the opportunity to learn to apply Sensate Focus suggestions to diverse populations. This includes people with varied sexual concerns, those who have experienced sexual trauma, and those affected by chronic illness and disability. The program includes case consultation as well as video demonstrations of Sensate Focus positions and instructions.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this workshop, Participants will be able to:

  • Describe Sensate Focus and it’s relationship to the practices of mindfulness and somatic touch
  • Analyze when and how to use Sensate Focus touching suggestions
  • Identify how to integrate Sensate Focus into relationship counseling/therapy and sexual medicine
  • Apply Sensate Focus suggestions to various populations and sexual concerns
  • Explain commonly encountered problems in assigning and processing Sensate Focus
  • List interventions useful in addressing commonly encountered problems

Earn 6 AASECT CE’s and credit toward the 30 hours of relationship/couple therapy required for certification as a CST as well as credit toward AASECT recertification.
*** 6.0 AMA Category I CME credits are pending for this event***
*** Proof of full-time student status must be submitted for student registration fee ***

Register

Contact Name: Aleece Fosnight
Telephone: (828) 384-0494
Email: aleece.fosnight@gmail.com
Website: aleecefosnight.com/sensate-focus/
Flyer: Downloadable Flyer

    FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019

MINDFULNESS, SOMATIC THERAPY, AND TOUCHING: AN INTRODUCTION TO SENSATE FOCUS TECHNIQUES

Constance Avery, PhD, Co-Director, Institute for Sexual & Relationship Therapy & Training
Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW, Co-Director, Institute for Sexual & Relationship Therapy & Training

Washington University, St Louis, Missouri

Description

Sensate Focus is one of the foundations of sex therapy. This workshop clarifies the critical concepts and attitudes for effectively implementing Sensate Focus. We will draw comparisons between Sensate Focus concepts and techniques, and those of Mindfulness Practice and Somatic Therapy. Participants will receive updates regarding best practices, common problems that arise, and useful modifications for diverse populations. The class will consider the perspectives and considerations regarding people with sexual concerns, sexual trauma, and the varied ways individuals express sexuality. Besides case illustrations, the principles and practices of Sensate Focus are illustrated with two videos on touching techniques, positions, and frequently encountered concerns. Please note: due to the nature of this class’s subject matter, sexually explicit videos are part of the workshop curriculum. No one under the age of 18 will be admitted to the workshop.

To Register

$100 General Admission
$60 Discounted Admission
$20 Washington University Full-Time Graduate Students
Preferred registration deadline: April 5th
To learn more and register, visit http://bit.ly/2BPXzKJ

Call (314) 588-8924 or email info@isrtt.org if you have any questions.



Past Events

    Saturday, January 12, 2019 in San Diego, CA

Masters & Johnson's Best Kept Secrets: Unpublished Principles of Relationship & Sex Therapy


Description

Most therapists view Masters & Johnson sex therapy as a psycho educational and behavioral approach utilizing sensate focus as it’s centerpiece. In fact, the therapy format was rich in systems, family of origin and insight oriented perspectives, communication, emotional regulation and relationship skills training and utilized a combination of cognitive, behavioral, affective, present moment and somatic approaches. Much like Sensate Focus, the Institute’s lens modified the initial therapeutic process following waves of sophisticated therapists training and working at the Institute for more than 25 years.

Having recently updated their 1970’s writings, we hope thereby adding to the richness of Sensate Focus, we are now ready to share the balance of their unpublished work in these “out of the bedroom” approaches that complete the true picture of their work. As we are fond of saying,” it is difficult to get the genitals together without connecting the hearts and minds”.

Come participate in this presentation of the varied therapeutic approaches to strengthening relationship practiced at Masters & Johnson Institute in their final years and earn 6 AASECT CE’s and credit toward the 30 hours of relationship/couple therapy required for certification as a CST.

Call (314) 588-8924 or email info@isrtt.org if you have any questions.

    Friday, January 11, 2019 in San Diego, CA

Sensate Focus: The Alchemy of Touch, Mindfulness & Somatic Therapy


Description

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 workshop participants will be offered updates regarding best practices, introduced to the underpinnings of Sensate Focus in Somatic Psychotherapy and Mindfulness Practice, and offered the opportunity to learn to apply Sensate Focus suggestions to a diverse population including those with varied sexual concerns, populations such as people who have experienced sexual trauma, and those with differing lifestyles and orientations. The program includes case consultation as well as video demonstrations of Sensate Focus positions and instructions. Earn 6 AASECT CE’s and credit toward the 30 hours of relationship/couple therapy required for certification as a CST.

Call (314) 588-8924 or email info@isrtt.org if you have any questions.

    Tuesday, September 18, 2018 in Richmond Heights, MO

Sexual Trauma: Identification, Interventions and the #MeToo Movement


Description

SPEAKERS: Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW Co-Director, Institute for Sexual & Relationship Therapy & Training (ISRTT) Brown School at Washington University, Professional Development Series Speaker AASECT Certified Diplomate in Sex Therapy, Certified Supervisor and CE Provider

SPONSOR: AMAG Pharma (Brad Walters); TherapeuticsMD (Patty Lenkman); Abbvie - Orilissa (Kristen Goetz)

Event form as downloadable PDF file.

Call (314) 588-8924 or email info@isrtt.org if you have any questions.

    July 11-13, 2018 in Washington, DC

Integrative Sex Therapy Institute and ISRTT presents "The Science of Sex: Mindfulness and Sensate Focus"

With Dr. Tammy Nelson, Deborah Fox, LICSW, Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW, Constance Avery-Clark, Ph.D. Gail Guttman, LCSW, Michael Giordano and Jennifer Gunsaullus, PhD​

The Chicago School of Psychology – Washington, DC

Description

7 CEUs per class day / 21 CEUs total

All lectures will be taught by top experts recognized in the field of human sexuality both nationally and worldwide.
Wed – July 11

  • LGBTQ: What about Gay Men? Important Info for Therapists with Case Consultation. Available as Individual Course!
  • Mindfulness and Sex Therapy

Thur – July 12:

  • Building Intimacy – Connecting Couples Emotionally and Sexually
  • Conducting a Couples and Sex Therapy Evaluation

Fri – July 13

  • Sensate Focus

You may register for any combination of individual days.
Click to view full lecture descriptions.

Call (314) 588-8924 or email info@isrtt.org if you have any questions.

    Friday, May 11, 2018 in New York City

The Alchemy of Healing: Sensate Focus in Sex and Relationship Therapy SEX IN THE CITY SERIES

Sponsored by the Center for Psychological and Interpersonal Development

Birch Family Services
104 W. 29th Street, New York, NY 10001, 2nd floor - between 6th and 7th avenues

Description

Continuing Education Credits: 5.5 CEUs

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 workshop participants will be offered updates regarding best practices, introduced to the underpinnings of Sensate Focus in Somatic Psychotherapy and Mindfulness Practice, and offered the opportunity to learn to apply Sensate Focus suggestions to a diverse population including those with varied sexual concerns, populations such as people who have experienced sexual trauma, and those with differing lifestyles and orientations.

The program includes case consultation as well as video demonstrations of Sensate Focus positions and instructions.

For more information and to register, click here.

Call (314) 588-8924 or email info@isrtt.org if you have any questions.

    January 20, 2018 in Delray Beach, Florida

Sensate Focus Workshop: The Art & Science of Mindful Touch

6 CE's Pending - Early Bird Registration $250

January 20, 2018 9am - 5pm (Registraion 8:30am)
Duncan Conference Center
Delray Beach, Florida

Description

Discover & develop competence in Sensate Focus suggestions (the foundation of Sex Therapy), its value for working with clients’ intimacy, relationship, & sexual concerns, & its association with mindfulness practice.

Constance Avery-Clark, Ph.D., is an AASECT-Certified Diplomate in Sex Therapy. She holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and another in Jungian Psychology. Dr. Avery-Clark was Research & Clinical Associate at Masters & Johnson Institute, is a published author, and has been in private practice for 27 years.

Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW, is an AASECT-Certified Diplomate in Sex Therapy, Sex TherapySupervisor & CE Provider, adjunct professor, clinician, & published author. She was Research & Clinical Associate as well as Director of Workshops at Masters & Johnson Institute. She writes with Dr. Avery-Clark on Sensate Focus touching techniques & mindfulness practice.

To Register

Call (314) 588-8924 or email.

Sensate Focus Workshop: Delray Beach, FL
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    January 17, 2018 in St. Louis, MO

Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) Workshop

Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, Certified Supervisor, CE Provider

Description

A SAR is a process-oriented seminar that uses lecture, media, experiential methods, activities and small group discussions. The objective of a SAR is to give participants the opportunity to explore their attitudes, values, feelings and beliefs about sexuality and how these impact their professional interactions. A SAR is not a traditional academic experience to disseminate cognitive information, nor is it psychotherapy directed toward the resolution of personal problems. It is a highly personal, internal exploration that will be different for each participant. To meet AASECT standards, a SAR must be a minimum of 10 hours in length. Download flyer.

To Register

To register online, click here.

Please submit a deposit of $100 to reserve your space. If you have any questions, please call (314) 588-8924 or email.

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    January 4, 2017 in St. Louis, MO

Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) Workshop

Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, Certified Supervisor, CE Provider

Description

A SAR is a process-oriented seminar that uses lecture, media, experiential methods, activities and small group discussions. The objective of a SAR is to give participants the opportunity to explore their attitudes, values, feelings and beliefs about sexuality and how these impact their professional interactions. A SAR is not a traditional academic experience to disseminate cognitive information, nor is it psychotherapy directed toward the resolution of personal problems. It is a highly personal, internal exploration that will be different for each participant. To meet AASECT standards, a SAR must be a minimum of 10 hours in length.

To Register

Please submit a deposit of $100 to reserve your space. If you have any questions, please call (314) 588-8924 or email.

Options

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    June 6-26, 2016

FREE VIRTUAL SUMMIT

Featuring Leading Sexologists

Hello  Friends and Colleagues, I have been honored by being invited to participate in the Sexual Reawakening Summit in which 32 sexuality experts will be interviewed on subjects ranging from embodied sexual expression to sexual compulsivity. Find out more by going to: www.SexualReawakening.org


Call (314) 588-8924 or email info@isrtt.org if you have any questions.

    Thursday, May 12th, 2016 in St. Louis, MO

Lesbian Healthcare

Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, Certified Supervisor, CE Provider
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

BJC Medical Center / Washington University School of Medicine
425 S Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110
in Schwartz Auditorium-1st floor in Maternity Hospital

Call (314) 588-8924 or email info@isrtt.org if you have any questions.

    Thursday, April 21st, 2016 in St. Louis, MO

OBGYN Resident Talks – Transgender Issues

Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, Certified Supervisor, CE Provider
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

BJC Medical Center / Washington University School of Medicine
425 S Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110
in Schwartz Auditorium-1st floor in Maternity Hospital

Call (314) 588-8924 or email info@isrtt.org if you have any questions.

    Friday, April 1, 2016 in St. Louis, MO

Let’s Talk About Sex: Integrating Sexual Health and Education into Clinical Practice

Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, Certified Supervisor, CE Provider
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

BJC Medical Center / Washington University School of Medicine
425 S Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110
in Schwartz Auditorium-1st floor in Maternity Hospital

Call (314) 588-8924 or email info@isrtt.org if you have any questions.

    May 27, 2015

FILM SHOWING and discussion: Thanks for sharing

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 6:00 pm-9:30 pm
Free Admission. Complimentary light snacks.

Location

Emerson Auditorium in the Institute for Health Education at St. Luke’s Hospital
232 South Woods Mill Road, Chesterfield MO
Free Admission; Complimentary light snacks. Free parking in North/South Garage. Wheelchair accessible

Description

On the surface, Adam, an over-achieving environmental consultant, Mike, a small business owner, and Neil, a wisecracking emergency-room doctor, have little in common. But all are in different stages of dealing with one of most misunderstood and still-taboo addictions: sexual addiction.With both seriousness and a dash of humor, Thanks for Sharing gives a realistic glimpse into the challenges men and women face as they work to end sexually addictive behavior and experience healthy relationships. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Robbins, Joely Richard-son, Pink and Josh Gad. Runs 112 minutes; Rated RChris Clark, Artistic Director, Cinema St. Louis, will begin the event with a brief introduction on how the film’s content and cinematic ele-ments draw us into the characters and enrich the viewing experience. After the film, Linda Weiner, LCSW, and Richard Young, LCSW, will deliver formal remarks on clinical practice issues. Both clinicians specialize and are accredited in the fields of sexual behavior, relationships, sexual addiction and treatment. Steve Franklin, LCSW, will facilitate a Q&A session with the audience and clinicians.

Virginia Johnson

    February 17, 2015

The Real Master of Sex—Virginia Johnson: A Legacy Lost, Found and Disputed

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Free. Registration not required. FREE and OPEN to high school students and adults. Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.

Featured Speakers:

Susan Stiritz, MBA, Ph.D., MSW; AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator; Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of the Specialization in Sexual Health and Education, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis
and Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW; AASECT Certified Sex Therapist; Adjunct Professor, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis.

Description

The hit Showtime program, Masters of Sex, presents a fictionalized account of St. Louis’ own Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, who pioneered research into the nature of human sexual response and sexual disorders. Join Susan Stiritz and Linda Weiner of the Brown School at Washington University for a fascinating look at the real Masters & Johnson.

Link to more information.

Virginia Johnson

 

February 10, 2015

Psychotherapy St. Louis meeting: Taking a Sex History

February 10, 2015, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Location TBD

 

February 18, 2015

Addressing the Needs of Suspected Sexually Traumatized Patients

February 18, 2015, 8:00 am-9:00 am

Grand Rounds, Department of OBGYN, Washington University School of Medicine

 

March 6, 2015

Female Sexual Dysfunction

Grand Rounds, Department of OBGYN, SLU School of Medicine

March 6, 2015, 7:30am-8:30am,



 

    July 25, 2014

Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) Workshop.

Erotic Desensitization and Revision, Realities of Our Current Sexual World

Purpose

The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) requires the completion of an attitudes/values training experience as part of the requirements for certification. Certification candidates most often satisfy this requirement by participating in a Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) Workshop.

Co-Facilitators

Linda Weiner, MSW, LCSW, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, Certified Supervisor, CE Provider
Heather Raznick, MSW, LCSW, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist

Description

A SAR is a process-oriented seminar that uses lecture, media, experiential methods, activities and small group discussions. The objective of a SAR is to give participants the opportunity to explore their attitudes, values, feelings and beliefs about sexuality and how these impact their professional interactions. A SAR is not a traditional academic experience to disseminate cognitive information, nor is it psychotherapy directed toward the resolution of personal problems. It is a highly personal, internal exploration that will be different for each participant. To meet AASECT standards, a SAR must be a minimum of 10 hours in length.

SAR Workshop Flyer

 

    March 07, 2014

Using readings, short lectures, discussion, exercises, and explicit film clips, this class will help practitioners integrate issues of sexuality into individual, couples, and family therapy. This class will enable the generalist clinician to discuss sexuality more comfortably and competently, to assess clients’ sexual satisfaction, and to make referrals to trained and credentialed sexuality educators, counselors, and therapists, when appropriate.

$100 General Admission
$60 Brown School Field Instructor
$20 Full-time Graduate Student

To learn more or to register, visit http://bit.ly/HfjL1b