Science of Sex: Mindfulness & Sensate Focus – July 2018 – DC


Experience 3 days of expert training in mindfulness, sensate focus and integrative sex and couples therapy. Courses include case consultations as well as how to conduct a sex therapy evaluation.


 Integrative Sex Therapy Institute presents:

Science of Sex: Mindfulness and Sensate Focus

July 11-13, 2018

Held at : The Chicago School of Psychology – Washington, DC

–Discounts for Early Registration End – June 1, 2018–


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. Student discounts available, email

7 CEUs per class day / 21 CEUs total

July 11 (Weds ) 9am – 12noon – LGBTQ: What about Gay Men? Hook Ups, PreP, GrindR, and Other Important info Therapists Need to Know with Case Consultations with Dr. Tammy Nelson and Michael Giordano, LICSW

    • (1 hr) Review competency issues around couples therapy with gay men. Instructor Tammy Nelson will review core relationship therapy techniques, interventions, and strategies for unique presenting issues of partnered and non-partnered population of gay males, including clinical and CSCT review.
    • (2 hr) Participants will learn what constitutes clinical competency with gay men. We will review sexual decision-making and its consequences in the age of Grindr and PreP. Instructor Michael Giordano will discuss hook up apps, PreP, and review case studies/scenarios where these issues are either problematic, helpful or both. This class will explore reactions to these scenarios and review/educate terminology/language gay men use. Participants will explore the core of principles of sexual health for guidance in their work with gay men. The first hour of the session will focus on information; the second hour will focus on case studies.
    • Meets Requirements for:
      • AASECT Core Knowledge Areas: Sex Ed D
      • Meets Requirements for CSCT: 1

July 11 (Weds ) 12n – 4pm – Mindfulness and Sex Therapy with Jenn Gunsaullus, PhD

    • “Everything in our lives has the potential to wake us up or put us to sleep. Allowing it to awaken us, is up to us.” —Pema Chodron
    • Mindfulness is a powerful tool for uncovering patterns that interfere with sex and intimacy. In this context, learning mindfulness is about learning how to notice and stay present with one’s thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations, even when they are uncomfortable (instead of shutting down, lashing out, or distracting/numbing oneself). Participants will learn many everyday, immediately applicable tools for cultivating mindfulness and how to apply to personal and professional interactions.
      • Learn what mindfulness is and what it is not, as well as its health benefits and basic neuroscience
      • Experience mindful awareness of thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations, and learn techniques to stay present with mind/body discomfort
      • Gain skills in applying mindfulness around many intimate topics, both personally and professionally
    • Meets Requirements for:
      • AASECT Core Knowledge Areas: Sex Ed C, M, N ; Sex Therapy
      • Meets Requirements for CSCT: 2

July 12 (Thurs) 9am – 12n – Building Intimacy – Connecting Couples Emotionally and Sexually with Deborah Fox, LCSW

      • This workshop explores the intersection of sexual and emotional intimacy for couples experiencing low sexual desire in one or both partners. A treatment model of intervention will be presented. We’ll discuss various factors that could result in low desire and consider the initial options for beginning therapy. We’ll then examine the most common reasons why therapy stalls or breaks down and the interventions most likely to lead to resolution.Helping couples who struggle with their sexual relationship requires multiple skill sets. Cognitive behavioral sex therapy skills are essential, yet often not sufficient. When a couple gets stuck, it’s usually because underlying emotional factors are interfering. This treatment model includes interventions that can be used to explore deeper emotional factors which may be contributing to the impasse. Didactic, case example and interactive methods will be utilized.
      • This course will include:
        • A treatment model for building sexual and emotional intimacy in a couple presenting with low desire
        • Physical and emotional factors that contribute to low sexual desire and sexual inactivity
        • A therapeutic approach to beginning the treatment process
        • Interventions to employ when a couple becomes stuck
    • Meets Requirements for:
      • AASECT Core Knowledge Areas: Sex Ed B, C, E, H, I, M ; Sex Therapy A, C, D
      • Meets Requirements for CSCT:

July 12 (Thurs) 1pm – 5pm – Conducting a Couples and Sex Therapy Evaluation with Gail Guttman, LCSW

    • This workshop offers an opportunity to practice and evaluate different approaches of conducting a couples’ sex therapy evaluation. In order to guide the goals of an assessment, we start with an overview of the components couples’ sex therapy. Next, we explore the workshop participants’ feelings and thoughts about evaluating couples through both individual and couples sessions. Knowledge of important couples and sex therapy concepts will be explored in order for participants to use them in an initial session. The presenter will show a videotape of a couples sex therapy evaluation. Each participant will have an opportunity to practice a model of a couples/sex therapy evaluation.
    • Participants will be able to:
      • Illustrate a theory of couples/sex therapy from a systems perspective
      • Assess the couple as individuals and a couple.
      • Develop skills to conduct a couples sex therapy evaluation
      • Formulate the therapist’s views on seeing couples separately and together for an evaluation
      • Distinguish developmental, familial and cultural issues impacting the individuals and their relationship
      • Assess the couples’ dance of sexual functioning
      • Describe important cognitive sex therapy concepts to be used in initial sessions.
    • Meets Requirements for:
        • AASECT Core Knowledge Areas: Sex Ed  B, C, E, G, I, H, M; Sex Therapy A, B, C, D, E, G
        • Meets Requirements for CSCT:

July 13 (Fri) 9am – 5pm – Sensate Focus with Linda Weiner MSW, LCSW & Constance Avery-Clark, PhD

    • Sensate Focus is 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.
    • Meets Requirements for:
        • AASECT Core Knowledge Areas: Sex Ed D, E, F, I, N, H
        • Meets Requirements for CSCT:

All lectures will be taught by top experts recognized in the field of human sexuality both nationally and worldwide. Other faculty may be announced at a later time.

Included in your tuition: eWorkbook for module, complied by Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. with additional reading material and resources. Also included, coffee, drinks and light refreshments in the mornings.

About the Trainers:

i-bXvBL69-MDr Tammy Nelson is a sex and relationship expert, an international speaker, and author of several books including, “Getting the Sex You Want; Shed Your Inhibitions and Reach New Heights of Passion Together”  and her new book “The New Monogamy; Redefining Your Relationship After Infidelity.” She is a Board Certified Sexologist, an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and a Certified Imago Relationship therapist.  She has been a featured expert in Glamour Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, MSNBC, Healthy Life Magazine, Shape, Men’s Health, Men’s Health UK, Woman’s Day, Women’s Health, Twist Magazine, New York Times, Washington Post and a source in Time Magazine. She writes for the Huffington Post and  YourTango and gives workshops and Intensives for couples and trains therapists around the world on issues relating to sex and relationships.   She can be found at


Deborah Fox, LICSW, is a clinical social worker with over thirty years of experience in private practice in Washington, DC. She is an AASECT Certified Sex therapist and a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, providing individual, couple and group psychotherapy, as well as clinical consultation. Deborah has lectured on sex therapy concepts and skills at The Washington School of Psychiatry and the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in Washington, DC. She conducts seminars and consultation groups on couples therapy and sex therapy. She is passionate about taking sex therapy and couples therapy to a deeper emotional level and enabling greater intimacy. Visit Deborah at



Linda Weiner – Linda Weiner is Co-Director of the Institute for Sexual & Relationship Therapy & Training and Adjunct Professor at Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, a Certified Diplomate in Sexology (American Board of Sexology), and is certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists as a Sex Therapist, Supervisor, and CE provider. Weiner has co-authored numerous articles, chapters, and most recently a book on the history and application of Sensate Focus techniques, Sensate Focus in Sex Therapy: An Illustrated Manual. Prior to beginning a private practice, Weiner was a Clinical & Research Associate at Masters & Johnson Institute in St. Louis and has been providing individual and couples relationship and sex therapy and training for the past 29 years. Her current research interest is on mindfulness and somatic processes in sex therapy.



Constance Avery-Clark, Ph.D., Ph.D., is Co-Director of the Institute for Sexual & Relationship Therapy & Training, an AASECT-Certified Diplomate of Sex Therapy and an AASECT CE Provider, and a Certified Diplomate in Sexology through the American Board of Sexology. Dr. Avery-Clark has one doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and another in Psychology–Jungian Studies. She has authored and co-authored numerous articles, a book chapter and, most recently, a book on the history and application of Sensate Focus techniques entitled Sensate Focus in Sex Therapy: An Illustrated Manual. She was formerly Research and Clinical Associate at Masters & Johnson Institute. She has been a practicing Licensed Psychologist in Boca Raton, Florida, for 29 years. She specializes in treating sexual, relationship, and meaning-of-life concerns, and has lectured nationally, including an appearance on the Today Show. Her current research interest is on the integration of mindfulness practice and depth-oriented approaches in sex therapy.


Smiling woman, blue shirt Gail Guttman


Gail Guttman, LCSW, specializes in the integration of couples and sex therapy. Gail has been a Certified Imago Therapist since 1994 and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist since 1984. Gail offers consultation and supervision groups. She has been twice recognized by Washingtonian magazine as a “Top Therapist” in sex and couples therapy. Gail is also an AASECT CE Provider, AASECT Certified Sex Therapy Supervisor and an Imago Clinical Consultant. She is passionate about helping therapists to integrate couples and sex therapy and welcomes different theoretical orientations in order to help each therapist find their own path.

Gail has presented on the subject of couples and sex therapy at the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute, Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Workers, previous Imago therapy conferences, the University of Maryland and other professional organizations. She can be found at



Based in Washington, DC, Michael Giordano has been a Clinical Social Worker since 1999. He earned his MSW from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and worked in small non-profits before entering private practice in 2007. His main interests are gender identity, trauma, and sex therapy. In his free time, Mike is a harried dad and an avid yogi.




Jennifer Gunsaullus, PhD, sociologist and sex coach, is a frequent speaker about couples intimacy, sexual consent, healthy relationships, erotic play, and mindful sex. She has presented two TEDx Talks, is a writer on sex and relationships, and a recurring intimacy expert on the morning news. She is one of the founders of Sex Positive San Diego and the creator of World Sexual Health Day—San Diego. Dr. Jenn has over 1.4 million hits on her In the Den with Dr. Jenn YouTube video series, and is an expert in the documentary on masturbation, called Sticky: A (Self) Love Story. In addition, as a martial arts practitioner, she was recently promoted to black belt in Korean karate — so watch out for this badass doctor!


**This program meets the educational requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 21 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 or go to AASECT CEs are accepted and approved by NASW and APA in most states. Please contact your local certifying organization for detailed information.

** You will receive a refund less $50 deposit for your registration if you cancel within one week of the course. If you cancel with 24 hours notice for any reason, you will receive a refund less $100 deposit. If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice, you forfeit your tuition but may use your payment at any other time, for any other course.

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Days to Attend:

1/2 Day – Weds AM, 3-day Series, Weds, Thurs, Fri, Weds/Thurs, Thurs/Fri