Fantasies, Trauma, and Sexual Medicine


Special Event: Join ISTI for these independent certification courses and therapeutic approaches to working with relationships. Courses include case consultations.


September 9-12, 2020

Held via: Live Simultaneous Webcast

– Discounts for Early Registration end July 31st –


Wed – Sep 9

  • Clinical Strategies: Working with Relational Challenges Involving Polyamory with Martha Kauppi, LMFT, CST

Thu – Sep 10

  • Sexual Fantasies including Difficulties/Dysfunctions with Justin Lehmiller

Fri – Sep 11

  • From Trauma to Drama with Douglas Moser, novelist & Dr. Tammy Nelson

Sat – Sep 12

  • Pelvic Floor Sexual Medicine – Working with Your Team with Rachel S. Rubin, MD
**Courses and presenters may be adjusted periodically. Please check this page or contact for most up-to-date schedule.

In this 4 day training you can fulfill these requirements:

AASECT Sex Ed Core Knowledge Areas covered:
Wed : A, C, D, E, F, N, O, P
Thu : A, B, C, D, E, F, H, I, N, O, P
Fri :
Sat : B, C, E, G, H, I, M
AASECT Core Sex Therapy training Areas covered:
Wed : A, C, E, F
Thu : A, B, C, E, F, G
Fri :
Sat : A, B, C, D, E, F
CSCT Categories covered:
Wed : Cat 2 ABCD, Cat 3 ABC
Thu : Cat 2 ABCD, Cat 3 ABC
Fri :
Sat : Cat 1 ACD, Cat 3 AD

You may register for any combination of individual days. Student discounts available, email in your tuition: eWorkbook for module, complied by Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. with additional reading material and resources.

Sep 9 (Wed) 9 am – 5 pm – Clinical Strategies: Working with Relational Challenges Involving Polyamory with Martha Kauppi, LMFT, CST

This clinically focused workshop will address how to make sense of, and develop treatment strategies for, complicated polyamory-related relational challenges. Starting with an information blast to increase cultural competence and moving into Q & A, case discussion, and practical application of clinical interventions, Martha will present strategies adapted from the Developmental Model of Couple Therapy (Bader-Pearson Model) to work with issues that commonly arise in open relationships. Bring your questions and learn skills to help your polyamorous clients achieve their relational goals.

Sep 10 (Thu) 9 am – 5 pm – Sexual Fantasies including Difficulties/Dysfunctions with Justin Lehmiller

Drawing upon findings from the largest scientific study of sexual fantasies in the United States, Justin Lehmiller, PhD, will explore the most—and least—common sexual fantasies, the psychological origins of sexual fantasies, as well as how fantasies vary across different demographic groups (e.g., gender identity, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, age).

He will also address the link between fantasy and reality, and explore how getting in touch with our fantasies can reduce shame, enhance sexual functioning, and improve relationships. In addition, he will discuss practical considerations and tools for starting productive and healthy conversations about fantasies.

Sep 11 (Fri) 9 am – 5 pm – From Trauma to Drama with Douglas Moser, novelist & Dr. Tammy Nelson

Trauma of all sorts reverberates long after the actual event. As Joseph Campbell said: “You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path.” In our journey to claim our lives as hero, we must learn to follow our own path, and find our own light. In “From Trauma to Drama” we will learn how to look at our dark moments through another lens, finding the hero within the victim, the champion in the defeated. We will explore how we can find the humor in pain, the transformation in misery, and the triumph in adversity. Participants will try their hand at writing scenes, short memoir pieces, and fiction based on their own experiences. Remember, what doesn’t kill you makes you more fun at parties. All participants should bring a pad and pen or pencil, and a computer if you’d like.

Sep 12 (Sat) 9 am – 5 pm – Pelvic Floor Sexual Medicine – Working with Your Team with Rachel S. Rubin, MD

Dr. Rachel Rubin is a urologic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of sexual dysfunction in both men and women. Her expertise includes erectile dysfunction, pelvic pain, penile curvature, low testosterone, low libido, sexual arousal disorders, urinary incontinence, penile implants, and menopause care.

She will help students develop a highly-personalized, evidence-based treatment plan to address patient’s goals when suffering from pelvic floor dysfunctions, including pain. Using a multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach to addressing the complex physical and emotional symptoms she will help examine underlying causes of symptoms and create individual care plans.

About the Trainers:

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Martha Kauppi, LMFT, is an educator, AASECT-certified sex therapist, and supervisor. She specializes in relational sex therapy, including alternative family structures, and trains therapists to work effectively at the intersection of sex issues and relationship challenges. Martha’s mission is to make sex a safe topic in therapy rooms everywhere by developing unique educational experiences and immediately-applicable learning materials for therapists. She has a book coming out soon about working effectively with clinical challenges related to polyamory, and blogs regularly at She has a private practice in Madison, WI.



Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He is author of the blog Sex and Psychology and the popular book Tell Me What You Want: The Science of Sexual Desire and How It Can Help You Improve Your Sex Life. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, having been honored three times with the Certificate of Teaching Excellence from Harvard University, where he taught for several years. He is also a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works, including a textbook titled The Psychology of Human Sexuality that is used in college classrooms around the world. Dr. Lehmiller is a much sought-after voice in the media on sexuality research and education. He has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and CNN, and he has appeared on dozens of international radio, podcast, and television programs.


Douglas Moser is a novelist, memoirist, and playwright. He currently teaches playwriting at the Westport Writers’ Workshop. As a writing coach and editor, for therapists, actors, and everyone in-between, his keen sense of content and story structure has put him in demand for those developing plays, novels, memoirs, and professional books. He is the creator (along with Alana Sanka) of “Hunker Down and Write”— one-day inspirational intensives that encourage goal-setting and help writers find ways to break through blocks and reengage with their stories.

Douglas has written for corporations, produced international events, and his memoir pieces have been published in print journals including Echo Magazine, Peculiar Magazine, and the Good Man Project. At the age of 22, his first play “What Happened to Frances Farmer…” was produced in New York as part of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Oktoberfest. His adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” won the Connecticut Critics’ Circle Award for its performance at the Westport Country Playhouse.

As a theatre director, he most recently directed the world premiere of Mary Ann Frank’s acclaimed one-woman show “Spinning” at the Long Wharf Theatre. He made his opera debut directing the world premiere of the groundbreaking opera “Patience & Sarah” at Lincoln Center. In addition to many projects off-Broadway and in regional theatres, he directed the professional debut of Frederick Stroppel’s one-act “Glacier Bay,” starring Jack Klugman and Brett Somers in their theatrical reunion His film adaptation, starring James Noble (“the Governor” from TVs Benson) won several film festival awards.

With his writing partner Pat Watkins, his TV pilot for “Reborn Again” was a semi-finalist in the 2018 People’s Pilot competition in LA. He received a BFA in film and theatre from the University of Bridgeport and attended the Yale Summer Writers’ Workshop, the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, the New York Theatre Workshop at Dartmouth, and University of Michigan new play festival.

Current: He was recently accepted into the acclaimed seminar, The Writers’ Hotel, a mini-MFA program for novelists, for his darkly comic thriller James & Jim.


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


Dr. Rachel Rubin is a Board-certified urologist with fellowship training in sexual medicine. Dr. Rubin specializes in the treatment of sexual dysfunction in both men and women at IntimMedicine Specialists in Washington, DC. She is part-time faculty at the Washington DC VA and is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Urology at Georgetown University and a clinical instructor at George Washington University. She serves as an associate editor for the Journal Sexual Medicine Reviews. Dr. Rubin completed a fellowship in male and female sexual dysfunction and prosthetic urology in San Diego under the guidance of Irwin Goldstein, MD, Director of Sexual Medicine at Alvarado Hospital Medical Center and founding editor of the Journal of Sexual Medicine, and Eugene Rhee, MD, MBA, Chief of Urology at Kaiser Permanente Southern California. She completed an internship in general surgery and a residency in urology at Georgetown University Hospital.

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.

**This program meets the educational requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 25 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.

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Days to Attend:

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