Trauma & LGBTQIA


Special 4-hour course on the intersection of trauma and LGBTQIA couples and individuals. Join Tammy Nelson and Thomas Rea to learn how to work with partners and couples to empower them to have total agency around their sexuality.


A Special Course during the July 2019 ISTI session (full schedule here):

Trauma: Healing the Sexual Space for LGBTQIA

July 18, 2019 – 1pm – 5pm : 4 CEs

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

– Discount on this course for Early Registration end June 15th –


Wed – July 17

  • Cyber Sex, The Future of Tech & Sex – Bryony Cole*
  • Sex and Technology and Couples – Tammy Nelson

Thu – July 18

  • Childhood Sexual Abuse and Trauma – Healing with Alternative Therapies – Tammy Nelson
  • Trauma: Healing the Sexual Space for LGBTQIA – Thomas Rea – Available as Special Course

Fri – July 19

  • A Deeper Dive into Integrating Internal Family Systems Therapy and Sex Therapy – Gail Guttman

**Courses and presenters may be adjusted periodically. Please check this page or contact for most up-to-date schedule.

You may register for any combination of individual days. Student discounts available, email

7 CEUs per class day

July 18 (Thu) 1p – 5pm – Trauma: Healing the Sexual Space for LGBTQIA – Thomas Rea

    • This course is sold separately from the 3-day session of the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute. For a full schedule of the July session, please go here
    • Trauma disproportionately affects those who are more vulnerable, so it isn’t surprising that LGBTQIA individuals experience trauma at higher rates than the general population. The most common types of trauma include hate violence (acts of discrimination and violence based on gender, sexual orientation), interpersonal violence and sexual assault. Ongoing trauma affects an LGBTQIA individual’s well-being, sexuality and relationships. This workshop will explore how to help LGBTQIA clients find their sexuality while healing shame, sexual dysfunction and partner issues.
    • During this course:
      • Participants will learn how implicit and explicit trauma impact an LGBTQIA individual’s sexuality.
      • Participants will learn how sexual and couple’s therapy can explore the deeper, underlying issues that may be the cause of unresolved sexual and relational issues.
      • Participants will learn how to use mindfulness, emotional freedom techniques, and meditation to heal trauma and accept their sexuality.
    • Meets Requirements for:
      • AASECT Core Knowledge Areas: Sex Ed B, I, J; Sex Therapy A, B
      • Certified Sex and Couples Therapist (CSCT): Category 1a, 1c, 3c

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


Thomas Rea is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist in Bethesda, MD. He received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California and has over 10 years of experience providing individual and relationship psychotherapy to clients with various issues, including LGBTQI-related concerns, substance use disorders, problematic sexual behaviors and male sexual dysfunction. Before opening his private practice, Thomas worked in clinical case management.


**This program meets the educational requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 4 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  Please contact your local certifying organization for detailed information on courses they accept for CEs.

** 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.

Additional information

Days to Attend:

Special Course, Weds, Thurs, Fri, Weds/Thurs, Thurs/Fri, Weds/Thurs/Fri