9:00 am09:00

Gender and Sexual Diversity: Exploring the Galaxy of Identities

Presented by: Rena McDaniel, M.Ed., LCPC

This workshop is held at our Chicago Institute. To register click the button below.

The goal of this workshop is to provide a firm grounding in concepts related to gender and sexually diverse identities with a focus on transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, as well as a deep dive into the nuances of affirming treatment. Utilizing concepts of Queer Theory, which emphasizes spectrums, fluidity, flexibility, and self-efficacy in identity formation, the participants will develop a framework for understanding gender and sexually diverse clients in more expansive ways.

This workshop will focus on developing a thorough understanding of language, pronouns, and concepts related to gender and sexual diversity in order to create an affirming and safe space for clients from the first interaction. Participants will explore the impact of multiple oppressed identities, our own privilege and bias, as well as develop skills for supporting clients through decisions about coming out and medical interventions. Come to this workshop ready to engage around complex, fluid, and sometimes paradoxical, aspects of identity and sexuality.

Participants will walk away feeling more confident using up-to-date language and pronouns, have a new understand of the LGBTQ population outside of a cisgender, gay male frame, and develop empathy and practical tools for providing affirming care to gender and sexually diverse clients.

Learning objectives

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and utilize up-to-date language about gender and sexual diversity
  2. Recognize explore their own bias and privilege about gender and sexual diversity
  3. Describe spectrums of gender and sexual orientation diversity
  4. Demonstrate skills to support gender diverse clients in making decisions and coping with hormones and gender-affirming surgeries
  5. Assess the inclusiveness of their forms, procedures, atmosphere, and support staff of their practices.
  6. Discuss the impact of multiple oppressed and intersectional identities on gender and sexually diverse clients
  7. Demonstrate skills to support their clients in making decisions about coming out
  8. Plan next steps in learning more about gender and sexually diverse clients

Activity schedule

9:00 - 9:30  Get settled, Intros, Ice Breaker

9:30 - 12:00  Language and Gender Spectrum

12:00 - 1:00  Lunch

1:00 - 2:30  Intersectional Identities, Privilege, and Bias

2:30 - 3:30  Coming Out

3:30 - 3:45  Break

3:45 - 4:30  Decisions and Coping around HRT and Surgery

4:30 - 5:00  Forms, Procedures, Atmosphere, Support Staff

5:00 - 5:30  Next steps in Learning

5:30 - 6:00  Wrap up, Questions, Evaluations

Presenter's bio:

As a pleasure-positive sex therapist and educator, Rena McDaniel, MEd, LCPC specializes in supporting you in developing confidence and joy in your own unique skin, sexuality, & relationships. Rena is dedicated to helping folks find new avenues of pleasure & connection in their life. She holds a Master of Education in Community Counseling from DePaul University in Chicago and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois. Rena graduated from the University of Michigan’s Sexual Health Certificate Program with specializations in Sex Therapy and Sexuality Education.

Through her brand, Practical Audacity, she has been featured in media sources such as Shape, Health, & Bustle as a sexual health and relationship expert through her collaboration with Lifestyles & SKYN Condoms. She provides workshops, coaching, speaking, and consultation for professional audiences, as well as the general public, on topics related to gender and sexual diversity, eroticism, and relationships.   

Rena is also the Chief Operating Officer and a Staff Therapist at IntraSpectrum Counseling, a group private practice in Chicago that specializes in the LGBTQ Population.

9:00 am09:00

Seniors, Sex, & Aging

Presented by: Ricky Siegel

This workshop is held at our Chicago Institute. To register click the button below.

There is a pervasive assumption that sexual interest and activity is supposed to decline as we age; that older adults are no longer sexual. Nothing can be further from the truth! Research shows that older adults are still interested in experiencing sex, relationships, and erotic pleasure. This workshop will provide an overview of common psychosexual issues among seniors and discuss common age-related sexual changes, as well as the impact of illness, disability, and medications on sexuality and sexual function.


  • Discuss current trends and expectations in aging populations as they pertain to sexual activity, sexual medicine, and technology.
  • List 3 common sexuality and intimacy issues typically seen in older adults.
  • Describe the more common STIs identified among older populations, as well as in general, and develop strategies for intervention and counseling.
  • Discuss areas where promoting intimate and erotic connections can be beneficial to quality of life among seniors.
2:00 pm14:00

Sexual Pharmacology

Presented by:
Ricky Siegel, LMHC, CST, CSTS

This workshop is held at our Chicago Institute. To register click the button below.

The session will begin with an overview of the physiological and neurohormonal basis of sexual response and an overview of the chemotherapeutic interventions available for the treatment of sexual disorders. Participants will discuss sexual side effects of commonly used licit and illicit drugs, including those purported to have pro-sexual effects. The final discussion will focus on understanding comprehensive, integrated approaches to the treatment of sexual dysfunctions and disorders and the need to be better informed about substances and their impact on sexual functioning.


  • Better understand the neurohormonal and physiological mechanisms that modulate sexual response, as the basis for understanding the various chemotherapeutic interventions in the treatment of sexual dysfunctions and disorders.
  • Enhance awareness of theba complex issues surrounding sexual response and how to develop a comprehensive approach to treating sexual disorders.
9:00 am09:00

Sexuality Issues in Substance Abuse, Treatment and Recovery

Presented by:
Ricky Siegel, LMHC, CST, CSTS

This workshop is held at our Chicago Institute. To register click the button below.

This session presents both developmental and consequential sexuality issues associated with substance abuse and chemical dependency, many of which have been historically neglected both in treatment and recovery. Beginning with a "timeline" of the development of chemical dependency, sexuality issues are identified in early drug use, addiction, detox, rehab and treatment, early recovery and long-term recovery. An overview of the effects of each of the major categories of "drugs of abuse" and a discussion of sexual identity will also be included, identifying important considerations for substance-abuse recovery. Finally, strategies for relapse prevention are discussed, particularly around those sexuality issues that have typically not been considered in treatment planning and 12-Step recovery programs. The session is presented as a lecture, illustrated throughout with rich case histories from over 25 years experience in psychotherapy, sexology and addiction treatment. The session will also present useful advice for practitioners to better incorporate sexuality and sexual health into treatment plans for their chemically dependent and recovering patients.


  • Identify sexuality issues typically seen in all phases of chemical dependency, as well as the often neglected concerns that can effectively couple these disciplines
  • Describe the shared relationships between substance use, sexuality, and medicating behavior.
  • Incorporate strategies for more effective recovery and relapse prevention in chemical dependency by better addressing sexuality and sexual health issues.
9:00 am09:00

Interaction Between Sexuality and Dynamics of Interpersonal and Couples Relationships

Presented by:
Ricky Siegel, LMHC, CST, CSTS & Melissa A. Novak, LCSW, CST

This workshop is held at our Chicago Institute. To register click the button below.

This workshop will examine the interaction between families, relationships and one’s sexuality.  Particular emphasis will be on cultural influences and challenging the heteronormative, monogamous, cisgendered narrative. Participants will learn how to apply different theories (including but not limited to attachment theory, family systems theory, and Gottman) and concepts to help clients enhance both their emotional and sexual intimacy, as well as address common sexual problems.  There will be a focus on clinical application through description and practice with specific evidence-based interventions, as well as case discussion. Interactive learning techniques are used throughout the workshop to engage participants and facilitate skill building and clinical application.


  • Discuss and describe the socio-cultural and familial factors affecting our sexuality and those of our clients and learn skills to help clients create new sexual messages.
  • Explain the relational paradigm: distinguish between a relational and individual paradigm; and, conceptualize sex/couples therapy.
  • Practice the PLISSIT model with couples.
  • Discuss the types of frameworks necessary to address sexual issues in couple relationships.
  • List and describe two different models for working with couples.
  • Demonstrate skills to enhance communication between couples in discussing sexuality issues.
  • Describe and explain additional couples/sex therapy skills, including but not limited to sensate focus, appreciations, stretches, welcoming sexuality options, couples’ sexual style; and different types of touch.
  • Explain the process for identifying counter-transference issues in seeing couples together and/or separately and determine what works best for each practitioner.
Mar 9

Sexual Attitude Re-Assessment: March 8th & 9th

Wednesday, March 8th  5:00pm - 8:00pm

Thursday, March 9th, 9:00am - 4:00pm

This Sexual Attitude Re-Assessment (SAR) will consist of ten (10) clock hours of structured group experience consisting of a process oriented exploration of the participants own feelings, attitudes, values, and beliefs regarding human sexuality and sexual behavior. This portion of the training will not be personal psychotherapy or an academic experience in which the primary emphasis is on cognitive information. This will involve viewing sexually explicit and non-sexually explicit films, engaging in structured activities, and brief lecturettes.

9:00 am09:00

Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology

Presented by:
Korey McWilliams, MA, MS, LCPC

This workshop is held at our Chicago Institute. To register click the button below.

Go beyond the traditional sex education of high school days past and into a deeper understanding of the inner workings of our bodies. This didactic covers form and function of bodies designated either female or male at birth, those born intersex, as well as transgender individuals. Surgical and hormonal options for augmentation or modification will be explored, along with the impact of individual differences on sexual functioning. Special attention given to how sexual dysfunction and function, both impacts and are impacted by one’s mental health. 

Korey is a teacher, therapist, writer, and musician. He has been a licensed clinical professional counselor since 1998 and has been teaching human sexuality as an adjunct professor since 2005. He has merged his passion for counseling, teaching, and sexuality and taken the path to become a certified sex therapist. Korey’s education includes a B.A. in Psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University, an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology. He has taught in university, corporate, nonprofit, and community settings for the past 27 years.

9:00 am09:00

Examining Childhood Sexuality: Normative Development, Problematic Behaviors and Assessment of Childhood Sexual Abuse.

Presented by:
Melinda Gronen, MA, LCSW

This workshop is held at our Chicago Institute. To register click the button below.

This course is an applied examination of child sexuality for practicing mental health clinicians.  In the first half of the course, attendees will participate in learning about, and examining, the spectrum of normative sexual development in young children through adolescence. In the second half of the course, attendees will explore how to assess problematic sexual behaviors, sexually reactive behaviors as a trauma response, and the assessment of childhood sexual abuse. Specific attention will be paid to assessing and interpreting behaviors within the context of individual and family cultural components. Attendees will engage in developing trauma informed clinical practice that provides a safe emotional space for a child or adult to disclose a current/past history of sexual abuse or offending behaviors. Collaboration and advocacy with local systems that provide medical and forensic assessment of childhood sexual abuse and assess the safety of a child will be discussed. Cultural components and counter-transference that contribute to different presentations and interpretations of normal and abnormal sexual development will also be explored.  The course is a mixture of evidence based didactic material, small group work, case studies, videos, and discussion.


Melinda Gronen, MA is a licensed clinical social worker who received her Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago in 2000. Melinda spent 10 years performing forensic child abuse assessments as part of the multi-disciplinary Protective Services Team at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Melinda is currently the owner of Melinda Gronen Counseling, LLC where she specializes in providing counseling for adults and children who have experienced trauma as well as Caped Crusader Consulting, where she provides trainings at organizations across the country in the area of child maltreatment and trauma. Melinda is a contract therapist in community schools working with children impacted by traumatic loss and community violence. Additionally, Melinda is an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Jane Addams College of Social Work, Erikson Institute, and the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration.

9:00 am09:00

Human Sexual Functioning and Behavior

Presented by:
Rachel Needle, Psy. D. & Melissa Novak, LCSW, CST

This workshop is held at our Chicago Institute. To register click the button below.

This engaging seminar provides mental health clinicians an in-depth exploration of sexuality function and dysfunction. Participants will learn parameters of sexual function and behavior among various identities, cultural contexts, and lifespan milestones. Particular areas of focus will include theories and research on human sexual response, as well as self-reflection of one’s own attitudes and beliefs surrounding sexual discourse. Participants will learn and practice how to take a sexual history and complete a comprehensive assessment of sexual concerns to help guide treatment. The PLISSIT Model of sex therapy will be used to provide a framework for clinicians to assess, provide information and know when to refer to a specialist. Multidisciplinary frameworks will help guide informed, holistic treatment. Methods of education include group activities, practical application of skills, videos, and discussion.


Mar 10

Sexual Attitude Re-Assessment (10 hour workshop)

Presented by:
Don Dyson, Ph.D. & Brent Satterly, Ph.D.

This workshop is held at our Florida institute. To register click the button below.

Day 1 & 2: Sexuality Attitude Re-Assessment (10 Total Hours)

This Sexuality Attitude Re-Assessment (SAR) will be a ten (10) clock hours of structured group experience consisting of a process oriented exploration of the participants own feelings, attitudes, values, and beliefs regarding human sexuality and sexual behavior.  This portion of the training will not be personal psychotherapy or an academic experience in which the primary emphasis is on cognitive information.  This will involve viewing sexually explicit and non-sexually explicit films, engaging in structured activities, and brief lecturettes.

Brief Rationale

The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) have defined a SAR as follows:

...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. Small group discussions have demonstrated efficacy in achieving this self-exploration and awareness and is essential to the SAR process. To meet AASECT standards, a SAR must be a minimum of 10 hours in length. (AASECT, 2006, p. 1)

In addition to AASECT’s definition, contemporary SAR trainings typically incorporate the viewing and analysis of sexually explicit media.  This may often include videos portraying naturalistic, undirected patterns of sexual expression.  Sitron and Dyson (2009) have explored the efficacy of the SAR for sexuality educators and therapists (sexologists):

The Sexuality Attitude Reassessment (SAR) has been established as a routine training intervention for sexuality professionals. The SAR has been used to train American sexologists and other helping professionals to be sensitive to sexual diversity and the sexual behavior of others. (p. 158)

Sitron and Dyson (2009) cite Stayton (1998)’s work addressing that health professionals are often “placed in a position of being the ‘expert,’ and yet he or she may know less and be more traumatized, ignorant, and secretive than the patient, client or student” (p. 27). In addition, this imbalance may create challenges for sexologist’s ability to deliver culturally competent services without such SAR training.

10 Learning Objectives (one CEU per hour)

At the conclusion of this course/event, participants will be able to…
1. Identify the wide spectrum of human sexual arousal and behavior;
AASECT Core Knowledge B, C, I

2. Identify their attitudes, values, feelings, and beliefs regarding these behaviors, including topics of comfort and discomfort;
AASECT Core Knowledge E, O

3. Demonstrate comfort when addressing and discussing a wide range of sexual topics encountered by the educator, counselor or therapist;
AASECT Core Knowledge A, N

4. Demonstrate non-judgmental and respectful attitudes toward others whose attitudes, values, feelings, beliefs, and sexual behaviors differ from those of the SAR participant;
AASECT Core Knowledge B, C

5. Identify the extent to which their attitudes, values, feelings and beliefs about particular aspects of sexuality are “scientific facts” rather than their personal attitudes, values, feelings, and beliefs;
AASECT Core Knowledge A, B, C, D, E, F

6. Describe their awareness that:

a. a wide variety of sexual problems exist

b. many varieties of sexual problems are presented to the health professional

c. the professional needs more than his or her personal experience and private opinions to help students, clients, or patients

d. the professionals own personal taboos, biases, and overreactions to sexual information and stimuli frequently handicap his or her judgment.

AASECT Core Knowledge B, H, I

7. Increase participant’s tolerance (knowledgeable about, aware of, accepting of, or to bring to the surface feelings and attitudes that) of the wide spectrum of “normal” human sexual responses.
AASECT Core Knowledge O

8. Identify the various points of view in controversial sexual issues;
AASECT Core Knowledge F, O

9. Identify hasty or overreactions to sexual stimuli;
AASECT Core Knowledge F, O

10. Identify the need to gently, humanistically, and professionally understand clients’ and patients’ sexuality.
AASECT Core Knowledge B, C, O


Wednesday, March 9th, 2015 (4 hours)
5:00 PM - Welcome/Introductions/Expectations/Group Contract
5:30 PM - Bodies / Use of film
6:30 PM - Processing
7:15 PM - Break
7:30 PM - Masturbation / Use of film
8:15 PM - Processing
9:00 PM - Value Awareness and Relativistic Practice / Structured Activity - Case Studies/Small Group Work
10:00 PM - Closure

Thursday, March 10th, 2015 (6 Hours)
8:00 AM - Welcome Back
8:30 AM - Reflection and Application of Previous SAR content on Practice / Small Group Discussion
9:00 AM - Gender Identity & Expression / Use of film
10:00 AM - Processing
10:30 AM - Break
10:45 AM - Sexual Orientation & Identity / Use of film
11:30 AM - Processing
12:00 PM - Lunch
1:30 PM - Persons with Disabilities / Use of film
2:30 PM - Processing
3:00 PM - Break
3:15 PM - Kink/BDSM / Use of film
4:00 PM - Processing
4:30 PM - Closure

Presenter Bios

Don Dyson, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and PhD Program Director for the Center for Human Sexuality Studies (CHSS) at Widener University.

Dr. Dyson’s research is focused on best practices for the training of sexuality professionals. His work includes streams related to ethics, developing pluralistic perspectives in training, affective education and professional development. His work at Widener has resulted in the chartering of Gamma Eta Rho, the honor society in Human Sexuality as well as HSEDSO, the Graduate Student Organization for CHSS students.


Brent A. Satterly, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and the Director of the BSW Program in Widener University’s Center for Social Work Education. He received his Masters of Social Service from Bryn Mawr College and a Doctorate in Human Sexuality Education from the University of Pennsylvania.

With over 20 years clinical experience, Dr. Satterly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Pennsylvania and a Certified Sexuality Educator and Certified Sex Therapist through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). His areas of expertise include clinical work with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) populations, GLBT professional identity management, human sexuality and social work pedagogies, and HIV/AIDS. He is well-published and is a member of good standing in AASECT, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors in Social Work (BPD).

New York Institute: Dr. Dan Watter
9:00 am09:00

New York Institute: Dr. Dan Watter

Dr. Watter is a senior partner with the Morris Psychological Group, P.A. in Parsippany, New Jersey.  In addition to his private practice, he is an adjunct professor of Psychology at Seton Hall University; a clinical instructor in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey—New Jersey Medical School; and a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.

He is the author of the chapter, “Ethics and Sex Therapy: A Neglected Dimension,” in the forthcoming text, New Directions in Sex Therapy, 2nd Edition, by Peggy J. Kleinplatz, and the President-Elect of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR).

Atlanta 2-Day Training: "The Practice of Sex Therapy"
Sep 20

Atlanta 2-Day Training: "The Practice of Sex Therapy"


Our training has been streamlined for psychotherapists, psychologists, physicians (especially urologists and gynecologists), nurse practitioners, and postgraduate students. We invite seasoned clinicians as well as those building a foundation for working with sexual issues.

Click HERE to register!

Click the button below to download or view our brochure and learn more about "The Practice of Sex Therapy".

Special lectures will be presented by Atlanta LPCs and AASECT Certified Sex Therapists and Supervisors, Anni Tuikka and Natalie Elliot.

Anni Tuikka dba Anna Kaye, MA, LPC, CST, CSTS, CPCS has practiced psychotherapy and sex therapy in Atlanta since 2004. In her private practice, Anna Kaye Associates, her focus is on working with adults―individuals and couples. She also provides supervision to other sex therapists and psychotherapists/counselors either towards their certification, state licensure, or general professional growth.

She holds a Master’s degree in Psychology with Specialty in Professional Counseling from Georgia School of Professional Psychology (now Argosy University). Her Bachelor’s and first Master’s degrees were in Human Development/Education (University of Tampere). Anni is AASECT-Certified as a Sex Therapist and a Supervisor of Sex Therapy and also a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor in Georgia. She is trained in EMDR (Part I and II) and Brainspotting (Phase 1 and 2).

For more information, visit www.annakaye.com.

Anni's talk will be "Alternatives to Monogamy."

Natalie A N Elliott is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist specializing in helping women and couples improve their sexual relationships. Natalie received her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University and has taught on both the undergraduate and graduate level. She holds licenses as a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist.  

Natalie is currently working exclusively in her private counseling practice in North Atlanta. For more information please visit www.AtlantaSexTherapy.com.

Natalie's talk will be on "Cultural Diversity in Sex Therapy."

Florida Institute: "Cross-Cultural Perspectives" with Dr. Karen Carpenter
5:00 pm17:00

Florida Institute: "Cross-Cultural Perspectives" with Dr. Karen Carpenter

Dr. Carpenter is the Director of the Center for Sexuality and Gender Research at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, in Kingston, Jamaica.  She hosts "Love & Sex," a hugely popular radio call-in show in Jamaica, with her co-host, media personality and motivational speaker and coach, Michael Anthony Cuffe.

Florida Institute: Featuring guests urologist Dr. Leonard Kaufman, and Miami sex therapist, Heather Cherry.
5:00 pm17:00

Florida Institute: Featuring guests urologist Dr. Leonard Kaufman, and Miami sex therapist, Heather Cherry.

Dr. Kaufman, an expert in testosterone replacement therapy, is the Director of the Men’s Sexual Health Center of South Florida. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, and he has presented abstracts at regional and national meetings of the American Urological Association and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.

Dr. Kaufman received the Pfizer Scholar in Urology Award in 1998. He serves as Chief of Urology at JFK Medical Center, where he is a regular speaker for the hospital’s Prostate Cancer Support Group.

Dr. Kaufman is Board Certified, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Palm Beach County Medical Society, and has been named a “Super Doctor” in urology by his peers since 2008.

Heather M. Cherry is a Florida Licensed Clinical Social Worker, graduating with a Masters from Florida International University in 2008 with a minor and Certificate in Addiction Practice.  Additionally she graduated from the Florida Sex Therapy Institute in 2009, and is a Certified Sex Therapist under Florida regulations.

She currently works full time at the Miami VA Medical Center as a mental health provider in the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinic.  She has also worked for several years in an acute psychiatric setting and as a Recreational Therapy Assistant.  In addition to her work at the Miami VA she had worked for two years with the Alliance for LGBTQ youth as the South Dade Coordinator. 

Additionally Ms. Cherry has a private therapy practice in Aventura, Florida with a focus on non-traditional/alternative lifestyles, as well as assisting Transgender clients with transition and evaluations for attaining Hormone Therapy and Gender Confirmation Surgeries. She is trained in Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and working with Perinatal and Post-partum Mood Disorders.

Florida Institute: A day devoted to studying "Medical Factors in Sex Therapy," with guest lecturers Dr. Bonnie Saks & Larry Siegel.
5:00 pm17:00

Florida Institute: A day devoted to studying "Medical Factors in Sex Therapy," with guest lecturers Dr. Bonnie Saks & Larry Siegel.

Noted Tampa psychiatrist and sex therapist, Dr. Bonnie Saks, and long-time Institute faculty, Larry Siegel offer their expertise to our study of "Medical Factors in Sex Therapy."

Dr. Saks received undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University. She completed an internship in medicine at Montefore Hospital in New York and did residency training in obstetrics/gynecology and then psychiatry at Yale University. She was subsequently a clinical instructor at Yale in both departments. She also completed a sex therapy fellowship at Yale sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Dr. Saks is now a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Founding Fellow of the American Board of Sexology, and Past President of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research. She was the Commencement Speaker and Grand Marshall for the 30th anniversary of Brown University Medical School in May, 2005.  She was also among those chosen by her peers as "Best Doctors of Tampa Bay 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010." She is a national speaker and has authored many articles and most recently the Chapter on Psychopharmacology in Treating Sexual Desire Disorders, Leiblum (ed.), Guilford Press, 2010.

New York Institute:  Special guest lecture from Dr. Anne Katz, RN, Ph.D. and psychiatrist Stephen Snyder
5:00 pm17:00

New York Institute: Special guest lecture from Dr. Anne Katz, RN, Ph.D. and psychiatrist Stephen Snyder

Dr. Anne Katz, RN, Ph.D. is the certified sexuality counselor at CancerCare Manitoba and Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Manitoba Prostate Centre. In these roles she counsels men and women with a history of cancer who are experiencing sexual and relationship challenges. She also supports couples through recurrence and treatment decisions at that point. She runs a sexual rehabilitation program for women after radiation therapy.

She has been an invited speaker at multiple international conferences and meetings in North American, Europe and beyond where she has educated health care providers and cancer survivors about cancer, sexuality, and survivorship, and has written among the best books available on cancer for men, women and young adults.

Our most frequent guest presenter, Dr. Katz has presented at the Institute on cancer treatment and sexuality issues for men, women and young adults, as well as sexual medicine and the role of nurses and medical professionals in providing sex counseling.

Our most frequent guest presenter, Dr. Katz has presented at the Institute on cancer treatment and sexuality issues for men, women and young adults, as well as sexual medicine and the role of nurses and medical professionals in providing sex counseling.

Dr. Stephen Snyder, MD is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and a psychiatrist in private practice in mid-town Manhattan, specializing in Sexual & Relationship Issues.

He is a brilliant and engaging presenter, brings rich clinical experience to illustrate cutting-edge treatment interventions, and is a shining example of what’s still rare though critically needed in 21st Century psychiatry:  a psychiatrist who not only counsels patients, but also does sex therapy.

Dr. Snyder’s riveting presentations used cases from his practice to discuss a variety of approaches to conceptualizing sexual dysfunctions in man, both medically and psychoanalytically, and offered unique insights to particularly challenging problems such as ADD/ADHD, OCD and depression. 

AASECT Annual Conference, June 3rd-7th, 2015, Minneapolis
Jun 7

AASECT Annual Conference, June 3rd-7th, 2015, Minneapolis

Modern Institutes for Sex Therapy Training's CEO and Director, Richard Siegel, will be presenting with his brother, Larry Siegel, faculty member and Sexuality Educator, on "Sexological Approaches to Problematic Sexual Behavior" on Friday, June 5th from 2:45 - 4:45, during the AASECT Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN.

Workshop Description: While “sex addiction” continues to dominate popular culture, treatment seems to be solely focused on broadly applying the “addict” label and funneling patients toward 12-Step groups, leading to patients to view their sexuality as pathological. Through lecture and case presentations, this session will help clinicians develop a more sexological approach to the diagnosis and treatment of problematic behaviors, including sexual compulsivity and impulsivity, paraphilias, infidelity and pornography.

Training Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to (a) utilize a more sexological approach to the diagnosis and treatment of problematic and compulsive behavior, particularly as they impact relationships; and (b) develop a strategy of sex therapy that uses whatever the crisis an individual or couple brings into therapy as a catalyst for change.

Footnote:  The Siegels acknowledge, with deep admiration and gratitude, the pioneering and foundational work of Dr. Eli Coleman, whose work has inspired and influenced much of this presentation.  Dr. Coleman is the director of the Program in Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and Richard Siegel is especially thrilled to have the honor of introducing Dr. Coleman at his presentation, "Complexities and Challenges in Diagnosing Impulsive/Compulsive Sexual Behaviors," with Dr. Nancy Raymond, MD, on Saturday, from 2-4pm.

"If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."                                           -- Sir Isaac Newton

Florida - Sex Therapy Certification Training
9:00 am09:00

Florida - Sex Therapy Certification Training

In this fifth course of the one-year institute, students will discuss paraphilias ("kinks" or "fetishes," etc.), sex therapy-based treatment approaches to working with paraphilias, as well as popular debates around so-called "sex addiction" or "porn addiction."

Modern Institutes for Sex Therapy Training's CEO and Director, Richard Siegel, has a particular interest and expertise, both in teaching and in clinical practice, with these issues, and encourages therapists to take a sex therapy approach to treating sexual problems.

In June, Mr. Siegel and his brother, Larry Siegel, a faculty member and sexuality educator, are presenting on utilizing a "Sexological Approach to Problematic Sexual Behaviors" at this year's AASECT Annual Conference, on Fri. June 5th in Minneapolis, MN.

NEW YORK CITY - Sex Therapy Certification Training
May 17

NEW YORK CITY - Sex Therapy Certification Training


The second weekend of the 2015-2016 will be taking place on May 16th & 17th. The course is titled, "Diagnosis of Sexual Dysfunction & Disorders, Pt 2." 

We are pleased and honored to feature a guest lecture on Sunday from Dr. Kathryn Hall, Co-Editor of Principles and Practice of Sex Therapy (5th Edition) and Scientific Program Co-Chair for SSTAR (Society for Sex Therapy and Research).