Sex as a Safe Adventure: Helping Couples Connect Sexually and Emotionally Through Emotionally Focused Therapy
Friday, June 21 - Saturday, June 22
Tivoli Student Union, Baerresen Ballroom, Denver, Colorado
with Zoya Simakhodskaya, Ph.D. and Michael Moran, LCSW, CST
Do your couples present with complaints of sexual issues, such as:
Discrepancies in desire
Boredom in the bedroom
Discovery of out of control sexual behaviors
Arousal or orgasmic problems
Sexual challenges after having children
Trouble after infidelity or in the wake of trauma
From the perspective of Emotionally Focused Therapy, such complaints are most often part of an underlying lack of security and bond in the relationship caused by the negative cycle between partners. At times, as the partners de-escalate and become more secure, sexual issues remain unresolved. Yet, many EFT therapists lack knowledge and skills in the area of sex assessment and intervention.
This workshop is designed to give you a strong foundation where sexual issues are the presenting problem in couple therapy. Introduction to up to date research on current models of sexuality will be presented. You will learn how to do an assessment of both the negative relational cycle and the sexual cycle so you can skillfully work using EFT interventions with both cycles to help couples move to de-escalation. This workshop will also address how to integrate psycho-education and simple behavioral sex therapy interventions as couples begin to move into Stage 2, while at the same time continuing to build a secure bond through increased vulnerability. This workshop will include lecture, video examples, and experiential exercises.
Early-Bird Registration: $369 ($399 after April 19)
Zoya Simakhodskaya, Ph.D.
is a licensed psychologist and certified EFT Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer. She is a founding member and Vice President on the Board of Directors of NYCEFT. Zoya is also a Founder and Director of Center for Psychological and Interpersonal Development dedicated to high quality individual and couples therapy and EFT training. Zoya has a full-time practice in Chelsea, NY with adults and couples, specializing in cross-cultural and bilingual population. In addition to her psychotherapy practice, Zoya has many years of experience providing crisis intervention in a psychiatric emergency service and continues as a voluntary faculty at NYU School of Medicine, CUNY Graduate Center, and Rutgers University. Zoya enjoys helping therapists learn EFT and teaches nationally and internationally, now bringing EFT to Russia.
Michael Moran, LCSW
is a Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist with a full-time practice in NYC treating adults and couples. He has extensive training in the “Inner Bonding” modality of healing created by Drs. Margaret Paul and Erika Chopich. As an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist he is highly skilled at integrating treatment of sexual issues as they present in couple’s therapy. Michael is also an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University where he teaches graduate courses in Marriage & Family Therapy as well as LGBTQ Issues in Contemporary Society at Rutgers University.
There is an additional cost for the continuing education certificate. The certificates can be obtained from R. Cassidy Seminars by clicking here
Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in and out each day, attended the entire seminar, and completed an evaluation in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out each day will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.
Continuing education credit hours: 12.5
R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. 12.5 CE hours
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars 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. #P-0005. (12.5) clock hours.
R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: April 15, 2018-April 15, 2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 12.5 continuing education clock hours.
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 12.5 contact hours live
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (12.5 ) clock hours, #RCST110701
Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes Counselors.
IL: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141. (12.5) hours.|
NY-LMHCs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0015. (12.5) contact hours.
NY-LMFTs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0011. (12.5) contact hours.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (12.5) clock hours, #RCST110701
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 12.5 CE hours.
Creative Arts Therapists
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists, #CAT-0005. (12.5) contact hours.
Chemical Dependency Counselors
CA: Provider approved by CCAPP, Provider #4N-00-434-0220 for (12.5) CEHs. CCAPP is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states
TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, (12.5) hours general. Expires 3/31/2019. Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 460, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (512) 476-7297.
TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is (12.5) CE Hours.
Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)
This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 12.5 CE Credits. These CE Credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification.
Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (12.5) contact hours
Disability Access - If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days Or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.
Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often And while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions Or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.
Here is what past participants have said about Zoya and Michael’s workshop:
"An excellent training in every way."
"Zoya and Mike were extremely knowledgeable, engaging, kind, responsive and helpful"
"Incredibly useful--This training filled a deeply felt void in my ability to fully treat couples"
"Thank you for your knowledge, sense of humor and accessibility!"
"Great videos, good balance of experiential and didactic, very impressive handling of difficult questions-- you managed to be graceful and present and still moved on"
"A very safe adventure! I feel inspired to expand and explore this with my couples"
"Your presentation has changed the lives of some of my couples, and endeared me to you both forever. My favorite turn around? A sexless trauma couple for 40 years are engaging in sensate focus and just love it. I've been also reading my way through all of your sensational resources and am blown away how much your two day training has revitalized my practice. In the last month, I've revisited sex with every single couple I see, with some wonderfully joyful deepening and new awarenesses." Margaret Petersen, MFT, San Francisco, CA.
Target Audience: This workshop is for all levels of mental health professionals working with couples including psychologists, social workers, MFTs, and counselors.
Objectives, participants will be able to:
1. Name different models of sexual response.
2. Apply techniques of sexual assessment in EFT treatment.
3. Identify each partner’s model of sexuality based on their background.
4. Identify negative cycle around sexual issues in Stage 1 of EFT.
5. Reframe sexual concerns from attachment perspective.
6. Use Stage 2 EFT interventions effectively around sexual issues to create more secure bond in couples that leads to greater sexual fulfillment.
7. Integrate strategies of integrating sex therapy into EFT for couples.
8. Identify sexual concerns that require a referral to a specialist.
9:00-10:45am Introductions, overview of research on sex and attachment theory, as well as basic principles of sex therapy
11:00-12:30pm Assessment of sexual issues in EFT; experiential exercise
1:30-2:45pm Stage 1 of EFT: tracking sexual and relational cycles; experiential exercise.
3:00-4:30pm Viewing and discussion of video recordings of an EFT stage 1 couple session focused on sexual issues.
4:30-5:00pm Q&A, discussion, wrap-up
9:00-10:45am Sex therapy interventions in Stage 1 and Stage 2 of EFT
11:00-12:30pm Stage 2 of EFT: deepening attachment related emotion around sexual issues.
1:30-2:45pm Viewing and discussion of video recordings of an EFT stage 2 couple sessions focused on sexual dysfunction.
3:00-4:30pm Stage 3 of EFT. Working with issues of non-monogamy, out of control sexual behaviors, and sexual trauma in EFT.
4:30-5:00pm Q&A, discussion, wrap-up