Sexuality is a powerful and integral part of our lives. Yet many healing professionals feel uncomfortable and ill-equipped to bring up sexual concerns with their clients or to support clients in creating empowered sexual lives. In this workshop, holistic sex therapist Melissa Fritchle, LMFT will provide ways to bring sexual health into your assessments, to honor the role sexuality plays in healing, and ways to make this topic more comfortable to talk about for you and your clients.
At Lotus Collaborative in Santa Cruz, CA
4:30pm – 6:30pm
This group is open to interns and licensed therapists or social workers who want support in utilizing more holistic techniques into their work. The group will be kept small so we can build trust and help each grow our practices.
At private residence in Mountain View, CA
9:30am – 4:30pm
Do you feel confident that you can help a client who feels that their sexuality is out of control? Therapists are receiving more and more referrals for “sex addiction” from clients who are often frightened, ashamed and confused. It is important to balance a sex-positive approach with effective techniques to change behaviors that have become damaging. Taught by a holistic sex therapist, this is a unique opportunity explore current understandings and treatments. In this course, we will discuss the controversies and theories of sex addiction, how to assess and create an individualized treatment plan, common co-occuring diagnoses, couple’s therapy, and managing counter-transference. We will also explore issues relating to porn use, infidelity, abuse and trauma, religion and spirituality.
For more info and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-sexual-integrity-a-sex-positive-approach-to-treating-compulsive-sexual-behaviors-6ce-hours-tickets-14098371609
Most MFTs receive 9 hours of training in human sexuality leaving a great need for therapists who are aware and comfortable working with the diversity of sexuality in our world. In this session, we will outline the competencies needed to work as a sex therapist, where to seek out credible training, how to build a specialty in sex therapy and make a name for yourself in the field, as well as personal considerations as you go. Be prepared to help clients who are seeking accurate, sex-positive therapy in a changing world.
For more info and to register: http://www.aamft.org/iMIS15/AAMFT/Events/Leadership_Symposium/Content/Events/Leadership_Symposium.aspx?hkey=3498d671-4c6e-4724-b079-1bfee923b204
10:00am - 11:30am
Sexuality is a powerful and integral part of our lives. Yet many psychotherapists feel uncomfortable and ill-equipped to bring up sexual concerns with their clients or to support clients in creating empowered sexual lives. Simply by leaving sex out of conversations with clients, we are sending a message about what is acceptable and what is shameful.
In this talk, holistic sex therapist Melissa Fritchle will provide ways to bring sexual health into your assessments, to honor the role sexuality plays in healing for individuals and couples, and paths to developing clinical competency in diverse sexual issues. She will invite you to reduce the fear and shame around this topic and to become an advocate for healthy sexuality.
For more info: http://santacruztherapist.org/events/cafecamft.php
This course will prepare you to work with clients who are exploring or already engaged in non-monogamous relationship agreements. With the prevalence of divorce and infidelity in our culture, many people are looking for different answers in how to have relationships with integrity. Being familiar and comfortable with the diversity in polyamory and the choices your clients may make is important. Through this course you will learn the basics of different styles and approaches to polyamory, how to help clients establish effective and honest agreements, how to talk about jealousy and safer sex options, and important concepts and terms used in poly communities.